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Dental Nurse (Ireland)

  • Generic name of profession

    Dental assistant/ Dental Nurse
  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
    Dental Nurse
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  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

    EU Law :
    National legislation:

    The Dentist Act 1985 prohibits the practice of dentistry by unregistered persons.

    Section 51 (2) (b) of the Act provides for “the performance of dental work by an auxiliary dental worker in accordance with conditions specified in a scheme made by the Council, with the approval of the Minister, under section 53  of this Act”

    Section 53 of the Act provides for the creation of by the Dental Council, with the consent of the Minister, classes of auxiliary dental workers. Schemes have been created by the Dental Council establishing Orthodontic Therapists, Dental Hygienists, Clinical Dental Technicians,  and Dental Nurses as auxiliary dental workers

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    Type of regulation :

    Qualification recognition and some reserve of activity - see beneath


    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    Additional information :
    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    General system of recognition - primary application
    Qualification level:
    DSE - Diploma (post-secondary education), including Annex II (ex 92/51, Annex C,D) , Art. 11 c
    Prior check of qualifications under article 7(4):
    Justification for Article 7.4:

    public health

  • Activities

    Description of activities:
    Dental work carried out by a Dental Nurse may be carried out only under the supervision of a registered dentist. Subject to certain conditions a dental nurse is permitted to carry out the following dental work: 1. Provide assistance, short of the practice of dentistry, to the dentist or dental hygienist in the delivery of dental treatments. 2. Assist at the chairside during all dental procedures. 3. Preparation of surgeries for dental procedures. 4. Preparation and sterilization of dental instruments and the disinfection of equipment. 5. Recording of dental charting and maintenance of treatment records. 6. The care of patients including assistance in medical emergencies. 7. Assistance in the care of patients receiving treatment under general anaesthesia and sedation. 8. Assistance in the taking of dental radiographs. 9. Taking of dental radiographs (if having completed a Dental Council approved course in dental radiography). 10. Reception, patient welfare and health promotion.
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