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SAAD Board fully supports the IACSD Standards (April 2015) and strongly recommends that members comply with the new guidelines on training and clinical practice.


SAAD courses and the SAAD Safe Sedation Practice Scheme will continue to be aligned with the IACSD Standards as will our advice to members, professional indemnity organisations and other specialist societies.




Next Courses



Nurses (Part II)

Dental Therapists/Hygienists

SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse Course

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New Documents

IACSD Standards for Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care – 2015 Report

Link to IACSD page on the RCS website - Report and FAQs

SAAD Safe Sedation Practice Scheme – 2015


SAAD Documents

Advanced Conscious Sedation Techniques for Adult Dental Patients Training Syllabus

Advanced Conscious Sedation Techniques for Paediatric Patients Training Syllabus

Guidance for Commissioning - NHS England Dental Sedation Services - A Framework Tool

A Guide to Maintaining Professional Standards in Conscious Sedation for Dentistry

SAAD Safe Sedation Practice Scheme - 2015

Referral for Dentistry with Conscious Sedation. A referral form (in conjunction with DSTG)

Primary Care Commissioning. A sample letter re NHS sedation services

Toolkit for Conscious Sedation Research


External Documents

The following three documents constitute the current national guidance...

Safe Sedation Practice for Healthcare Procedures: Standards and Guidance

IACSD Standards for Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care (2015)

Sedation in Children and Young People: National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2010)  


Further documents of interest...
'A Conscious Decision'

A joint report by the CMO & CDO on General Anaesthesia and Sedation.

'Guidelines for the Appointment of Dentists with a Special Interest (DwSI) in Conscious Sedation'

A joint report by the DoH and Faculty of General Dental Practice

Logbook of Clinical Experience in Conscious Sedation

When you need further space for experience notes you can simply print off page 3 again.

Indicator of Sedation Need (IOSN) - Questionnaire for Patients

Advice on how this should be used can be found in the SAAD Digest.

Coulthard P. The Indicator of Sedation Need (IOSN).SAAD Digest 2012;

Midazolam: NPSA Rapid Response Report RRR011 (1) & Controlled Drug Regulations

Sedation in Dentistry: Undergraduate Training

Guidelines for Teachers

Training for Safe Practice in Advanced Sedation Techniques for Adult Patients

A Discussion Paper

Training in Conscious Sedation for Dentistry

Standards for Postgraduate Education  

The Competent Graduate


SAAD Past Symposium Programmes

2014  Drugs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

2013  Commissioning Sedation: Delivering for Patients

2012  Who Needs Sedation?




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.