Career outlook for dental nurse
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would look after people when they visit the dentist and make them feel comfortable. You’d assist the dentist as they give treatments and help with other aspects of patient care.
You’d look after patients who are coming for a simple check-up or having advanced specialist treatment.
Patients may be nervous so you’d need to be calm and reassuring. You’d try to make sure that they are relaxed and comfortable at all times.
- Tidy and prepare the dental surgery
- Sterilise instruments
- Keep areas in the surgery sterile
- Pass instruments to the dentist, therapist or hygienist
- Remove water and saliva from the patient’s mouth during treatment
- Prepare materials, for example, to make fillings
- Help the dentist record information about each patient
- Check the stocks of dental materials
At a general dental practice, you may also help at the reception area, especially during busy periods.
This would involve booking appointments, taking payments for treatment, and greeting and reassuring patients.
You could work for the National Health Service (NHS) or in the private sector. You can see more about this role in the National Health Service on the Dental nurse page on the NHSScotland Careers website.
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