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Inhalation Sedation Course for Dental Hygienists and Therapists (SAST scheme)

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Reservations Until:10/03/2022
Starts on:12/03/2022
Location:Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road Campus


SAAD Assessed Sedation Therapist (SAST) scheme

This is a two-day course followed by supervised clinical practice.

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 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 participants own workplace. SAAD cannot organise supervised clinical practice, and so you will need to provide details of your nominated clinical supervisor(s) at the time of registration. 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. The nominated supervisor(s) must be the clinician(s) who will be signing your logbook and DOPS.

1. Name(s) and GDC/GMC number of the person(s) who will be supervising your clinical practice for the completion of your log book and DOPS.

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

3. The dental sedation experience of your supervisor(s). e.g. how long have they been providing dental sedation, how many cases in the last twelve months.

4. An indication of the IHS services offered.

5. The address of the sedation facility

6. A brief description of the facility

If your registration fee will be paid by a third party please ensure that you enter all of the details they require to appear on the invoice under 'purchaser info'.

If your registration fee will be paid by a third party please ensure that you enter all of the details they require to appear on the invoice under 'purchaser info'.-



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.


The deadline for registering for this training scheme is noon on 2 March. SAAD reserves the right to withdraw the course if it is undersubscribed.

If you are interested in the training scheme, but cannot attend the published course, please join our register of interest and we will notify you as soon as the date for the next course is confirmed.


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.