CPD Courses

First aid/ CPR

  • Basic life support and medically emergencies for Dental Nurses
  • It is an essential criteria that all Dental Nurses complete training on basic life support and CPR as part of their courses
  • This is an in-house course whereby a trained professional comes and spends time demonstrating basic life support and support and resuscitation for both adults and children
  • This is hands on CPR training whereby Dental Nurse are faced with medical emergencies and how to manage them. This will give you an insight on all the emergencies faced within a dental surgery. Our sessions will have mannequins and everyone will be given thorough practical hands on training
  • Emergencies like asthma attacks, heart attacks and fainting etc will all be covered and management of these emergencies, as well as administration of their drugs
  • This training will not just help you prepare for your exams but also give you vital skills that one day may change, or even save someone’s life
  • A certificate will be issued on completion which is valid for 12 months

Basic First Aid Course offered FREE to all Dental Nursing Academy student

CPD in impression taking

Make A Good Impression With Our Latest Impression Taking Course

If you’re looking to further your skills as a dental nurse and would like to learn the practical skills needed to confidently take dental impressions, then this course is for you. Aimed at dental care professionals who want to learn and develop skills in this area, this is a tutor-led course consisting of a mix of classroom-based theoretical learning and practice-based practical learning. Upon completion students will receive a practical experience portfolio certification which counts towards verified continued professional development.

The Course Aim

The aim of this course is to provide key training which enables dental nurses to competently undertake impressions across a wide range of applications including:

  • Bleaching trays
  • Mouth guards
  • Study models
  • Orthodontic appliances

Upon course completion students will be able to safely take dental impressions under the supervision of the dentist. In addition they’ll be able to demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the materials used in the impression taking process; and demonstrate the use of, and requirement for dental impressions through set assignments. The course is open to all GDC registered dental nurses who are currently employed within a dental practice. They must also have access to adults and children who require impressions; and have agreed support from a qualified dental professional.

So what does the course cover?

This impression taking certification covers areas pertaining to impressions and impression taking. These include topics such as:

  • Dental model making
  • Infection control and cross-contamination prevention
  • Examining the use of dental materials used in impression taking
  • Understanding the cases and reasons why dental impressions are taken
  • Impression taking on both study models and real patients
  • Understanding how to prepare the mouth for an impression
  • How to select and prepare the correct impression tray
  • Fault finding on an impression tray and how to correct it
  • How to mix materials and load the impression tray
  • Safe decontamination and storage of trays
  • Dealing with medical emergencies
  • Health and safety

Course Duration

The course is split between classroom and practice environment and while the theoretical classroom sessions are delivered over several short sessions, students have between 4 -6 months to complete their practical experience portfolio. In order to achieve this, students must take an agreed amount of impressions from a mix of child patients, adult patients, and study models, all of which must be supervised and signed off by their supporting dentist/mentor.

What might students expect in the future?

It’s possible that with this qualification, a dental nurse who is able to take impressions will be more in demand. Often this means working in the private sector where they can command more money. However even if this isn’t the case, dental nurses can expect a greater variety in their working day with more focus on patient-centred tasks.

So why choose us?

There are a number of suppliers providing impression taking courses for dental nurses so why choose the Dental Nursing Academy?

All our courses are designed by people who have worked or are currently working within the industry. Our highly experienced team consist of a number of dental hygienists, orthodontic therapists, dental nurses, and dentists who collectively have over 25 years of industry experience. We pride ourselves on our teaching ability and our help and support means that we have established pass rates in excess of 90% on the vast majority of courses we offer.

By providing a sound grounding in the theoretical knowledge of dental impression taking we give our students the confidence to develop their skills further through chair side practical applications and ongoing case study work.

What’s more, with our flexible payment plans and flexible learning we ensure the courses we offer are the perfect fit for you. So no more worrying about whether you can afford your ongoing professional development. With the Dental Nursing Academy, students know that we have their best interests at heart.

If you’re a GDC registered dental nurse and are considering impression taking as part of your ongoing continual professional development, then get in touch today. We make it easy for you to learn how you want and when you want, so contact us on 020 3875 0569 or email us at info@dentalnursingacademy.co.uk. Alternatively simply fill out the form under ‘enrol’ on the website, it really couldn’t be easier!

CPD in Fluoride Varnish application

A Dental Nurses Guide To The Fluoride Varnish Application Course

According to the GDC, dental nurses are able to carry out fluoride varnish applications for patients on prescription or those enrolled in a dental health programme, but only if they’re qualified to do so. At the Dental Nursing Academy our fluoride varnish application course equips dental nursing students with the knowledge and the training to do exactly that. In addition it’s also a recognised and verifiable part of their continuing professional development (CPD).

So how can this course benefit a dental nurse?

Firstly and obviously adding another qualification clearly improves your skill set. This not only helps your existing practice and it’s patients, but positions you as a strong asset to any future employers. For example, certain areas in the UK run oral health programmes such as ‘Designed To Smile’ in Wales and ‘Child Smile‘ in Scotland. These programmes involve visiting children outside of the normal practice setting and applying fluoride varnish to their teeth. Fluoride varnishing is also a good skill to have under your belt because it’s utilised in conjunction with the Certificate of Oral Health Education. As a result it’s possible with this combination of qualifications that dental nurses could look into running their very own OHE/Fluoride clinics if they choose to.

What is Fluoride and why is it important?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral and is often found in fish and tea. It’s also present in the human body as well as in water sources found in certain areas. Fluoride is known to provide added protection for the teeth to safeguard against cavities. The problem lies when children and adults don’t get a sufficient fluoride intake – either naturally through food or water or through the correct toothpastes. In these cases their teeth can be at greater risk from developing tooth decay. For this reason it may be advisable for patients to undergo a fluoride varnish application. In some cases it’s recommended that children over the age of 2 receive fluoride varnish treatment every 6 months.

How does fluoride varnish work?

Fluoride varnish is a harmless pale yellow gel that sets quickly, and when placed on the teeth it has a pleasant taste and a fruity smell which children love. When applied it has 3 main purposes. These are:

  • It stops the demineralisation process and slows down any decay
  • It strengthens the tooth enamel making it more resistant to plaque
  • It speeds up the natural re-mineralisation process making teeth less vulnerable sooner

During the course students will learn:

  • How to carry out an intra-oral assessment prior to application
  • How to sterilise equipment before applying.
  • What personal protective equipment is needed, how to wear it, and apply it to the patient
  • What the correct amounts of fluoride are – This includes first and subsequent applications
  • Where to apply How to apply
  • Understanding when not to apply the application
  • How to communicate that all-important after-care advice
  • How to record patient notes
  • Understanding the side effects and risks – e.g. dental fluorosis

Upon completion of classroom-based/e-learning and clinical-based practical assessments, students are assured of a practical experience portfolio that will count as verifiable hours towards their allotted CPD. While classroom or e-learning is delivered over several short sessions, students will need to demonstrate practical skills in a clinical dental setting over a number of weeks/months.

So who is the course for?

All GDC registered dental nurses who are currently working in either an NHS or private dental practice and are looking to further their skill-set in this area. It’s advised that dental nurses should also have access to adults and children who require fluoride varnish treatments; and have full support from their qualified dental mentor.

Why choose the Dental Nursing Academy?

Tapping into a wealth of dental care experience we provide the highest standards of teaching  needed for furthering your career in the dental care sector. Our commitment to providing only the highest calibre of dental nurses is reflected in our unwavering pledge to nurture and support every student we teach. This is reflected in our high pass rates which are well in excess of 90%. Our teaching team are themselves GDC registered and have in excess of 25 years of experience between them, so students can rest assured that they’re being taught by the best. As such candidates are guaranteed the optimum level of teaching, support, and help needed to pass the course.

If you’re looking to further your skill-set as a registered dental nurse and are considering undertaking a fluoride varnish application course, then get in touch. To find out more about this course, or indeed any other of our CPD courses contact us on 020 3875 0569, email us at info@dentalnursingacademy.co.uk, or fill out the enrolment form on our website. Learning just got a whole lot easier with the Dental Nursing Academy!