Dental nurses

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.

Please note: SAAD provides knowledge and skills training in conscious sedation in compliance with current UK Standards (IACSD, 2020). We also offer opportunities for course participants to gain supervised clinical experience through the SAS, SASN, SAST schemes. However, it is the responsibility of candidates from the Republic of Ireland (and other countries) to ensure that SAAD's training is acceptable to both the National and local authorities, where the candidate intends to practice. SAAD is unable to enter into negotiations of behalf of course participants or to identify appropriate supervisors.

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 online assessment link provided
    • Complete online assessment (both IV and IS) at a time convenient to you
    • 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