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SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse Course

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Standards for Conscious Sedation and the Provision of Dental Care 2015

Report of the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry

Published on 22nd April 2015 this report creates a new national standard for conscious sedation in dentistry. Focused on patient safety and optimal patient care recommendations are made about information for patients, robust validated education and training for the entire dental team, sedation techniques and the appropriate environment for sedation delivery.

There are some significant changes to previous guidance. The report defines the age of a child and the requirements of the clinical team and facilities required for the dental treatment of younger patients under conscious sedation.

Representing SAAD was Nigel Robb and Christopher Holden. David Craig represented the Dental Sedation Teachers’ Group.

The report can be downloaded here.


SAAD is at the forefront of postgraduate teaching of sedation techniques in dentistry. The Society runs courses for the whole dental team encouraging the safe provision of conscious sedation. Other activities include providing scientific seminars, giving expert advice to other bodies including the Department of Health and the General Dental Council; providing experts for guidelines and standards documents; giving expert evidence to the courts; promoting research in the field of pain and anxiety control and providing individual support and advice to members. Membership of the society is open to any registered dental or medical practitioner, dental nurse or dental therapist/hygienist.