Volume 5 Issue 2, February 2018

Volume 5 Issue 2

What role do dental care professionals (DCPs) play in delivering conscious sedation to patients? How can Sjögren’s syndrome be identified in a patient and managed in the dental setting? Would you sign up for a new degree course in your 40s? This issue of BDJ Team looks at all of these topics and more.

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News & comment

Features and research

  • Article |

    Objectives/aims The aims of this article are to assess entry requirements for dental nurses applying to dentistry and determine whether dentistry is a viable career option for dental nurses. Materials and methods A survey of all 11 UK dental schools’ dentistry entry requirements was carried out to determine whether General Dental Council (GDC) approved dental nursing qualifications are accepted as part of a dentistry application. Each school was also contacted via email to confirm their entry requirements. Results One UK dental school recognises a dental nursing certificate alongside other qualifications. Most dental schools require dental nurses to complete 3 A levels (at minimum AAA in scientific subjects) or encourage application to access courses and completely disregard any dental nursing qualifications. Discussion It could be suggested that UK dental schools overlook the experience and knowledge of dental nurses by not supporting their existing credentials. The University of Sheffield accepts dentistry applicants with an approved dental nursing certificate alongside six A grades at GCSE and two A levels at minimum grade BB (chemistry and biology). Conclusion Should UK dental schools reevaluate their entry requirements for our well respected dental nurses? Our opinion stands that dental schools should be taking advantage of the experience, knowledge and skills of dental nurses by offering improved access to dentistry.

    • S. Nandra
    •  & O. Aiyegbusi
  • Feature |

    As practitioners, if we are to grow and develop, we must be brave enough to have the courage to share our experiences with the dental team that surrounds us, says Joanne Brindley.

    • Joanne Brindley
  • Article |

    This article aims to highlight the types of sedation which can be carried out in a dental context in both primary and secondary care, the scope of practice of various team members and how team work can result in good quality sedation and patient experience.

    • L. Richardson
    •  & J. Cullen

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