Here at The Park we are committed to employing the best staff available. All of our nurses hold the National Certificate in Dental Nursing or are a course to sit the exam shortly. Once students have achieved their qualification they are registered with the General Dental Council. This means that they are covered by the same regulations that Dentist, Dental Therapists and Dental Hygienist are. This means that they have to maintain their personal professional development by attending regular courses on all aspects of dentistry. Currently two of our nurses have been on a training course in conscious sedation procedures as this is quickly becoming one of the most popular services on offer in the practice.
Previously Dental Nurses did not need to be qualified. However, in recent years the profession has realised how important the role of the Dental Nurse is in the practice. Not only does the nurse assist the dentist in the surgery by getting all the equipment and materials ready they may use, they are generally the person a patient feels most comfortable talking to and asking any questions that they may feel uncomfortable talking to the dentist about. Also, their knowledge of products used and the procedures carried out is essential to the smooth running of the surgery and practice in general. They also need a good knowledge of First Aid and how to cope with any medical emergency. All of our staff attend an annual resuscitation course where we are all updated on the latest procedures and new drugs to with most situations.
Cross infection control is another very important role for the dental nurse within the practices as it is she who is responsible for the cleanliness of the surgery and the sterilization of instruments and disposal of any contaminated materials. Every year all staff attend a recognized cross infection control course where we refreshed and advised on new policies.
At The Park Dental Clinic we pride ourselves that we are committed to the on going support and updating of all our staff who have been with us since we opened in September 2007. All of this ensures that from the moment you enter the practice until you leave you are assured of dealing with a dedicated and loyal team of dental professionals.
Ann-Louise Sedgewick ( Dental Nurse)