A dental nurse is also known as a "dental assistant." The professional title of "dental nurse" is not as commonly used in the United States as it is in the United Kingdom. Nonetheless dental nurses are essential members of dental offices.Depending on the size of the dental office for which they work dental nurses are often responsible for helping the office run smoothly – by helping with the office's operations scheduling appointments for patients sterilizing equipment and cleaning rooms after patients leave.
However their main duties consist of assisting dentists with dental procedures ensuring that dental equipment is ready to use preparing dental materials that will be used to complete procedures and talking to patients before during and after their procedures. They are also expected to be compassionate with dental patients who are nervous or have anxiety about dental procedures.
Additionally they typically discuss with patients how to care for their teeth gums and mouths after fillings extractions or other dental work has been completed. According to the website courses-careers.com some dental nurses work in hospital settings as opposed to dental offices. When they work in hospitals they are often responsible for preparing operating rooms for oral surgeries.
Dental nurses sometimes work for community dental clinics or they rotate to schools or other organizations where they provide dental care andor teeth cleanings to those who cannot or will not visit a dental office. In order to become a dental nurse a dental nursing program must be completed and certification must be earned. The website simplyhired.com reports that the average salary for dental nurses is $52000 per year.