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Dental therapists/ hygienists

The SAAD Assessed Sedation Therapist (SASHT) scheme

The aim of the SASHT scheme it to provide the Dental Hygienist / Therapist with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the competent practice of inhalation conscious sedation for dentistry.

The course is compliant with the syllabus published by the IACSD in April 2015, updated in 2020, and has been accredited by IACSD.

The SASHT scheme comprises of knowledge and skills training, written & practical assessments, and supervised clinical experience.

Course Content

Anatomy, physiology and pharmacology

Patient assessment and treatment planning

Inhalation Sedation – theory and practical

Psychological, and other sedation techniques

Management of complications, airways skills & patients with medical problems

Current guidance & keeping away from the lawyers

Why choose this course

    • Be taught by the country's best known dental sedation teachers
    • A certificate of attendance is awarded at the end of the course
    • Optional attendance of complimentary online case based discussion webinars
    • Detailed course notes are provided
    • This is a rewarding course, that is both educational and fun!


    • Explain the principles of safe and effective conscious sedation
    • Describe patient assessment and treatment planning
    • Describe the use of basic conscious sedation techniques including administration, monitoring, recovery and discharge
    • Describe the management of sedation-related complications


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.