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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.




SAS scheme

Under current IACSD guidance, any practitioner who was not practising sedation independently prior to April 2015, is designated a ‘New Starter’ and will need to undergo a period of supervised clinical practice before being able to practice sedation independently. 
SAAD is able to facilitate acquisition of the required supervised clinical experience (see IACSD Standards, Table 1) by offering a place on the SAAD Assessed Sedationist (SAS) scheme. The SAS scheme follows on from attendance of the SAAD National course where practitioners will have appropriate knowledge and skills training.  You can register for the SAAD National course here

The new SAS scheme is approved by IACSD and includes approval of your proposed supervisor, verification of your Clinical Logbook, Direct Observation of Practice (DOP) forms and the Practice Evaluation. Successful practitioners will receive a SAAD certificate confirming ‘SAAD Assessed Sedationist’ status which will enable you to practise independently. The fee for enrolment on the SAS scheme is £300.

Enrolment in the SAS scheme is by invitation and is only available for ‘New Starters’ registered to attend a SAAD National course.  The invitation will be an emailed link to the SAS scheme registration. 

When registering for the SAS scheme you will need to identify and provide details of an appropriate clinical supervisor. SAAD does not currently hold a list of sedation ‘mentors’.  Please note that SAAD cannot become involved in any financial or contractual arrangements between you and your supervisor.

The following information will be required:

  • Date you will attend the SAAD National Course
  • Intended sedation technique(s)
  • Age group of patients (adults, children or both)
  • Name of proposed clinical supervisor(s)
  • GDC / GMC No. of proposed clinical supervisor(s)
  • Qualifications of proposed clinical supervisor(s)
  • Sedation experience of proposed clinical supervisor(s)
  • Sedation services offered by proposed clinical supervisor(s)
  • Address of the practice(s) where the clinical supervision will take place and a brief description of sedation facilities

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us,


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.