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...

**Because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic the submission deadlines for the current SASN schemes have been extended by 12 months.**

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

2021 SASN scheme registration


March 2021 SASN scheme

It is with regret that the March 2021 SASN scheme is not available.

The March 2021 SAAD National Course cannot run in its usual format because of Covid-19 restrictions.

If you have attended the Theoretical Elements webinar, and will be attending the Practical Elements sessions, please register for the June 2021 SASN scheme.

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June 2021 SASN scheme

Attend the webinar for the theory elements on 13 March 2021 and the practical sessions in June.
Register by 11/07/2021
Supervisor(s) approved by 25/07/2021
Documents submitted by 16/04/2022
Complete by 4 June 2022 (final assessment date)

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


November 2021 SASN scheme

Attend the SAAD National Course on 6th & 7th November 2021
Register by 05/12/2021
Supervisor(s) approved by 19/12/2021
Documents submitted by 16/09/2022
Complete by 5 November 2021 (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


SASN scheme deadlines

June 2019 SASN scheme

Documents submitted by 02/05/2021
Complete by 12 June 2021 (final assessment date)

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


November 2019 SASN scheme (registration has now closed)

Documents submitted by 26/09/2021
Complete by 6 November 2021 (final assessment date)

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


March 2020 SASN scheme (registration has now closed)

Documents submitted by 30/01/2022
Complete by March 2022 (final assessment date in March to be confirmed)

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


June 2020 SASN scheme

The June 2020 course had to be cancelled.

If you have transferred from the June 2020 course to November 2020 or March 2021 please register for the SASN scheme for the course you will now be attending.


November 2020 SASN scheme

The November 2020 course had to be cancelled.

If you have transferred from the November 2020 to a course in 2021, please register for the SASN scheme for the course you will now be attending.


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.