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SAAD Assessed Sedationist (SAS) scheme

New to sedation?

Then the SAS scheme is for you!


    • STAC accredited course
    • Final written and practical assessments
    • Documents for recording your supervised clinical experience
    • Advice and support
    • Certificate of completion

The SAS scheme is accredited by IACSD / Sedation Training Accreditation Committee (STAC), RCSEng and includes approval of your supervisor, verification of your Clinical Logbook, Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) forms and the SAS Practice Checklist.

Successful practitioners will receive a SAAD certificate confirming ‘SAAD Assessed Sedationist’ status which will enable you to practise independently.

The registration deadline is ten days BEFORE attending the SAAD National Course. It is not possible to register for the SAS scheme after you have attended the SAAD National Course


The stages of the SAS scheme

    • Registration for the two day SAAD National Course
    • Registration for the SAS scheme, nomination of a clinical supervisor and payment of the course fee.
    • Acceptance on to the SAS scheme and approval of the clinical supervisor
    • Attendance at the SAAD National Course
    • Successful completion of the written assessment at the end of the SAAD National Course
    • Completion of 20 IV and/or 10 IS cases under supervision
    • Submission of logbook(s), DOPs and Practice Evaluation Checklist(s) to SAAD
    • Internal moderation of documents by SAAD
    • Satisfactory completion is confirmed and you become a SAAD Assessed Sedationist able to provide sedation independently in accordance with the IACSD Standards (2015)

Link to an article describing the details of the SAAD training schemes.


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.