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SAAD Assessed Sedationist scheme (SAS scheme)

Under current IACSD guidance, a practitioner (or DCP) who was not practising conscious sedation independently (i.e. without supervision) prior to April 2015 is designated a ‘New Starter’. ‘New Starters’ are now required to undertake knowledge and skills-based training and to undergo a period of supervised clinical practice before providing 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 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 Evaluation Checklist. 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 £315, and the registration deadline is ten days BEFORE attending the SAAD National Course.


In summary, the stages of the SAAD Assessed Sedationist scheme are

  • Registration for the SAS scheme, nomination of a clinical supervisor and payment of the SAS scheme fee.
  • Acceptance on to the SAAD National Course 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 guidance


The SAAD training schemes are outlined in an article that can be downloaded here.


Enrolment in the SAS scheme is only available to ‘New Starters’. Please do not apply if you meet the ‘Transitional Arrangements’ criteria on Page 87 of the IACSD Standards. The SAS scheme is not available to practitioners who have undertaken knowledge and skills-based training elsewhere.

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)
  • Dental 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
  • 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.