Before registering for the SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse scheme you should be registered to attend, or have already attended the SAAD National course.

The SASN scheme will commence from the date you attended the National course. Once your fee has been paid and your supervisor(s) approved you will receive a link to the SASN webpage where you will have access to the documents you will need to complete along with guidance on their completion. The date that the scheme is listed as commencing is approx. six weeks after the National course. This is the latest date that you would be able to commence the scheme. Any fees not received by that date may result in the registration being cancelled. The SAAD training schemes are outlined in an article that can be downloaded here.

SASN scheme registration links and deadlines...

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March 2018 SASN scheme registration (registration is now closed)


Documents submitted by 19/01/2019
Complete by 02/03/2019 (final assessment date)

It is possible to submit documents and attend for the final assessment before the deadlines

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June 2018 SASN scheme registration (registration is now closed)


Documents submitted by 04/05/2019
Complete by June 2019 (final assessment date)

It is possible to submit documents and attend for the final assessment before the deadlines

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November 2018 SASN scheme registration

Attend the SAAD National Course on 3rd & 4th November 2018
Register by 01/12/2018
Supervisor(s) approved by 15/12/2018
Documents submitted by 20/09/2019
Complete by November 2019 (final assessment date)

It is possible to submit documents and attend for the final assessment before the deadlines

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March 2019 SASN scheme registration

Attend the SAAD National Course on 2nd & 3rd March 2019
Register by 30/03/2019
Supervisor(s) approved by 13/04/2019
Documents submitted by 25/01/2020
Complete by March 2020 (final assessment date)

It is possible to submit documents and attend for the final assessment before the deadlines

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June 2019 SASN scheme registration

Attend the SAAD National Course on 15th & 16th June 2019
Register by 13/07/2019
Supervisor(s) approved by 27/07/2019
Documents submitted by 25/04/2020
Complete by June 2020 (final assessment date)

It is possible to submit documents and attend for the final assessment before the deadlines

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November 2019 SASN scheme registration

Attend the SAAD National Course on 2nd & 3rd November 2019
Register by 30/11/2019
Supervisor(s) approved by 14/12/2019
Documents submitted by 26/09/2020
Complete by November 2020 (final assessment date)

It is possible to submit documents and attend for the final assessment before the deadlines

SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse scheme terms and conditions

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The IACSD defines standards for the provision of conscious sedation in dentistry. Please refer to the 'Standards for Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care. Report of the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry' April 2015, This is the most recent guidance and often referred to as the IACSD Report. Available for download at http://www.saad.org.uk/images/Linked-IACSD-2015.pdf

The IACSD (STAC) can, on receipt of a satisfactory application, approve clinical supervisors for ‘New Starter’ sedationists and DCPs who are not receiving training associated with a university or postgraduate dental deanery.

Approval is based on the information you provide to SAAD, and SAAD is not responsible for the supervision provided. Approval of a supervisor by SAAD does not entitle either the supervisor or supervisee to use the logos of SAAD or IACSD.

In addition to being supervised, those who are learning sedation must be appropriately assisted to comply with the guidance. It is possible for an experienced SAAD Assessed Sedation Supervisor to mentor the team. In such cases separate logbooks and DOPs must be completed for all members of the team.

Whist the ideal would be for all “new starters” to have a dedicated Assessed Sedation Supervisor, it is appreciated that this is sometimes impractical.

An acceptable compromise would be that a very experienced operator/sedationist may be able to take on the additional responsibility of supervising a dental nurse completing his/her supervised clinical experience. In such cases the patients should be simple cases, where both the sedation and the dentistry are comfortably within the dentist’s competence. Those who have only recently completed training should not assume this extra responsibility.

SAAD will not be liable for damages of any sort that may result from decisions taken by practitioners following supervision by an approved clinical supervisor for dental sedation. Supervisees who have concerns relating to any aspects of the supervision provided by an approved clinical supervisor should make the STAC aware of these concerns.