Working at the Old Surgery Dental Practice is a privilege and I enjoy every day there, not being there at the moment is devastating and I’m missing my work family every day! no day is the same, there is plenty to do and plenty of clinicians who specialise in many areas.
I have been a dental nurse at the Old Surgery Dental Practice for 1 year and 2 months, I first started as a Trainee and then qualified in April 2019. I tend to work with our hygienist Helen every Monday and Wednesday, but there are a total number of 3 hygienists in the practice, all being lovely and educational to work with. Hygiene interests me a lot and one of my goals would be to become a hygienist one day so when I work with a hygienist, I enjoy it a lot and it is very educational.
The first patient of the day is at 9am, I will usually get to work at around 8:30am to make sure I have plenty of time to set up the surgery for the day ahead. A typical morning at OSDP consists of wishing all my colleagues a good morning and having a catch up, then I will get dressed into my scrubs and head into surgery and set up. An every morning set up will include with firstly washing our hands using the correct hand washing technique displayed around the practice, all equipment in the surgery is switched on and checked, all area are wiped thoroughly and then the dental chair lines are flushed though with purified water. I will then go to get Helens box which contains all the equipment she needs throughout the day. In Helen’s box contains 4 trays of sterilised, ready-made instruments which Helen needs to complete treatment and other bits for demonstration areas such as Oral B Braun Electric toothbrush, tepes, easypicks, floss and polish – all clean and ready for demonstration for the patient.
When a patient arrives at the surgery and has an appointment, we are notified through the system that we use and we can see their details, notes, previous appointments and how long the appointment is today – e.g. 20, 30 or 40 minutes. Some patients may also be booked in for whitening which will be taking impressions for trays or fitting the trays and showing the patient how to use whitening correctly.
When I call the patient in the surgery they are welcomed with open arms, always making sure they feel the most comfortable. An everyday appointment with Helen consists of a brief discussion at the beginning about their history, x-rays, what they use to brush their teeth i.e. electric or manual and what they use to interdental clean. A thorough chart will then be completed of the patients mouth and I will be writing down all the notes that Helen refers to me and what the patient says. Helen will then place the disclosing solution (dye) around the teeth which I will have put on the tray ready for her. A thorough gross scale will begin where I will be aspirating throughout making sure the patient is comfortable. After the debridement (scaling) Helen will complete a demonstration on the importance of maintaining their hygiene. This is when I will begin to get ready demo products such as the Braun Electric toothbrush, Tepe easypicks, Tepes on a short/long handle and floss and they will all be bagged up according to what the patient needs and given to them to take home to then refer back too. Helen will then advise the patient if they need to come back again and if so, it will put onto the system ready for reception to make that appointment.
When all treatment has completed and the very last patient has left the room, a day in hygiene is completed. I will begin a thorough clean of the surgery removing all the kit that has been used and wiping down all areas of the surgery ready for the next to come in. bins changed, lines ran through, all equipment turned off and all instruments transported to the decontamination room where they will be sterilised ready for the day. Helens box will then be put back in the correct cupboard stored away ready for the next day.
At the OSDP we are all an amazing team, once my surgery has been closed down, I will then walk around the practice double checking if any of the other team members need any help doing something and help with their shutdown along with the other girls. We will all then help the decontamination room in shutting down and putting instruments away then all head off to get changed ready for home.