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Courses for Dental Therapists / Hygienists

The SAAD Assessed Sedation Therapist (SAST) scheme

The curriculum is based on the Dental Sedation Teachers’ Group Publication “Training in Conscious Sedation for Dentistry” and the GDC’s “Developing the Dental Team”. The course will provide revision of the relevant biomedical science covered in the latter publication and teaching in the shortfall between the two documents. The course is compliant with the syllabus published by the IACSD in April 2015 and has been accredited by IACSD.

The didactic and practical teaching on this course should be complemented by supervised clinical practice leading to competency for independent practice. This would normally be achieved after 10 supervised administrations of inhalation sedation, which must be organised in the participant’s own workplace. Along with their logbook, participants will be required to submit their self evaluation by completing and submitting the SAAD Safe Sedation Practice Scheme checklist, and must also submit their completed Direct Observation of Practice documents.

It will be necessary for participants to nominate a supervisor before they attend the course; providing details of the supervisor’s experience and qualifications in sedation. This supervisor must be the person who signs off the participant’s logbook and Direct Observation of Practice. SAAD will have to confirm the suitability of the supervisor prior to the commencement of supervised clinical practice. The information you will need to provide is listed below. Please ensure that you can provide all of the required information at the time of registration because we cannot accept your registration without this.

1. Name(s) of the person(s) who will be supervising your clinical practice for the completion of your log book.

2. The sedation qualifications of the supervisor(s).

3. The sedation experience of your supervisor(s). e.g. how long have they been providing sedation, how many cases and the case mix.

4. An indication of the IHS services offered.

5. The address of the sedation facility.

6. A brief description of the sedation facility


Aim and objectives of hygienist / therapist teaching in conscious sedation


To provide the Hygienist / Therapist with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the competent practice of inhalation conscious sedation for dentistry.


i) To provide core knowledge relevant to the practice of inhalation conscious sedation in dentistry.

ii) To promote a critical and caring approach to the management of anxious patients.

iii) To promote an understanding of inhalation sedation in the management of pain and anxiety communication skills in the management of patients requiring conscious sedation.

iv) To appreciate the importance of continuing professional education.

Sample programme


Transfer, cancellation and refund policy


Next course: Because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic we are not able to run the course in November 2020, please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. We are currently looking at arranging a course in 2021.

If you are interested in registering for the training scheme, please join our register of interest and we will notify you as soon as the date for the next course is confirmed.

Fee: £540


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.