How to Become a Dental Nurse

If you’re considering the career move of becoming a Dental Nurse, then there are a few skills and qualifications you must acquire along the way.

Qualifications to be a Dental Nurse

There isn’t a specific educational expectation for dental nurses – it’s not a necessity to graduate university or college. However, there are other dental qualifications you need to have under your belt to become a qualified dental nurse.

You can study the courses needed on a part or full-time basis with our help. We offer an array of courses for training dental nurses all of which, when completed, will give you the knowledge and tools essential to become a dental nurse.

You will need to train to be a dental nurse, which is why we offer online training, classroom teaching and in-house training.

Drop us an email to if you would like more information about our dental nurse training courses.

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What is the role of a Dental Nurse?

Dental nurses work alongside dentists to assist them with the care of a patient. Whether that is to complete a check-up or see patients through an operation, the dental nurse is relied upon to be the dentist’s assistant.

Dental nurses can work in a general practice, a hospital and even the armed forces.

Some of the duties that a dental nurse will need to carry out include:

  • Sterilising and arranging equipment for the surgery beforehand.
  • Ensuring the Dentist has everything they need during any appointment.
  • Caring for patients.
  • Recording the information of each case – even the dentist’s notes.
  • Using dental tools to support the dentist – this includes but isn’t limited to removing saliva from a patient’s mouth whilst the Dentist is at work.

The typical character of a Dental Nurse

An extremely important aspect of dental nursing is your character. You must be someone who doesn’t mind the sight of someone’s mouth – whatever its condition. As a dental nurse you will be exposed to some sights, but it’s your duty to be professional and caring at all times.

The character of dental nurse should be:

  • Calm, friendly and reassuring for patients.
  • Great verbal communication with everyone of any age.
  • Extremely organised.
  • Interested in oral health.

Become a dental nurse

Experience and knowledge are key to becoming a dental nurse.

You can become a dental nurse by gaining experience with a practice that hired you as a trainee dental nurse, or by studying and completing the relevant dental nurse courses – which we provide!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Tel: 0118 9261533