Dental Sedation Courses
We are a fully accredited college providing Post-graduation course in Dental Sedation for Qualified dental nurses.
The course will cover topics in accordance with the NEBDN curriculum.
Conscious Sedation Dentistry
Conscious Sedation is an essential element of modern dentistry. With the number of patients suffering from phobias and dental anxiety, conscious sedation enables numerous patients to access dental care which they may otherwise refuse. Dental Sedation involves the administration of sedative drugs. These can either be taken orally, inhaled, or injected. The dental nurse or practitioner must be able to recognise and manage the potential side effects of these sedatives.
Assisting in the care of patients under conscious sedation is an additional skill under the GDC’s ‘Scope of Practice’. To pass, registrants must be able to demonstrate that they have the theoretical knowledge and competent practical skills in Dental Sedation. Currently, only 10% of dental nurses working with sedation hold a relevant qualification.
Candidates are required to record their clinical experience of Sedation Dentistry, with an RoC (Record of Competence). The four sections of the RoC include:
- Practical Competence Assessment Sheets (PCAS)
- Case studies
- Directly Observed Clinical Skills (DOCS) Assessments
- Supplementary outcomes
The criteria to apply for the Dental Sedation Nursing Course is as follows. The Dental Nurse must:
- Be a qualified registered dental nurse with the GDC (General Dental Council)
- Have the support of their employing dentist to act as supervisor and validate the workplace activities for the Record of Experience
- Be registered with an approved training provider.
The examination for the dental sedation course is 90 minutes, split into two sections:
- Part A - 45 multiple choice questions
The examination, which assesses underpinning knowledge and understanding, takes place in the month of March and September each year and is held in our centre in Winchester and in Birmingham.