Dental nurses primarily work in the United Kingdom. Their responsibility is to assist the dentist in all aspects of patient care by preparing instruments for use, ensuring patient comfort and taking notes from the dentist for the patient's records. After earning additional training a dental nurse can progress in his career to other opportunities.
Entry Level Requirements
No training or education is required to work as an trainee or student dental nurse. However, a person will need to be friendly and responsible, have a positive approach to people and a willingness to study.
Trainee or student dental nurses should earn their qualification to work as a dental nurse in a course that is recognised by the General Dental Council (GDC). There are certification options such as the National Certificate from the National Board for Dental Nursing, NVQ level 3 in Dental Nursing, level 3 VRQ in Dental Nursing or the Certificate of Higher Education in Dental Nursing.
Further Career Advancement
Dental nurses can later pursue careers as a dental hygienist or a dental therapist. With additional training, a dental nurse can also become an orthodontic therapist.