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SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse (SASN) scheme

New to sedation?

Then the SASN scheme is for you!

    • STAC accredited course
    • Advice and support provided
    • Documents for recording your supervised clinical experience
    • Final written assessment (online)
    • Certificate of completion
    • SAAD Assessed badge

The SASN 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 SASN Practice Checklist. The SASN scheme is only available to GDC registered dental nurses.

Successful Dental Nurses will receive a SAAD certificate confirming ‘SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse’ status which will enable you to independently assist with the provision of sedation.

The stages of the SASN scheme

    • Registration for the two day SAAD National Course
    • Attendance at the SAAD National Course
    • Register on the SASN course
    • Nomination of a clinical supervisor and payment of the SASN scheme fee
    • Acceptance on to the scheme and approval of the clinical supervisor(s)
    • Completion of 20 IV and/or 10 IS cases
    • Submission of logbook, DOPS sheets, practice evaluation checklist (PEC) and document submission checklist to SAAD
    • Internal moderation of documents by SAAD
    • Final assessment date set
    • Attend online for final written assessment (both IV and IS)
    • Successful completion of the assessment
    • Certificate sent to confirm that you are a SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse qualified to assist in the provision of dental sedation in accordance with the IACSD guidance

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.