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Conscious Sedation in Dentistry (Taught)

Newcastle University
1 year
Graduate diploma / certificate
On campus
Newcastle upon Tyne
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Program description

As a dental practitioner, this course will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to use intravenous and inhalational sedation techniques on a wide range of anxious patients, including adults and children. We welcome students from all over the UK and Ireland.

The Conscious Sedation in Dentistry PGDip aims to provide you with:
•a systematic understanding of the theoretical principles that underpin conscious sedation and anxiety management in dentistry
•a comprehensive practical understanding of clinical skills in techniques of intravenous and inhalational sedation, as applicable to UK practice in dentistry
•an ability to critically evaluate the evidence-base and clinical issues involved in the safe independent practice of conscious sedation to the highest standard.


You will undertake substantive self-directed study, including:
•two written assignments of 2,000 words each
•an oral presentation
•a 6,000 word clinical case dissertation.

The Diploma is awarded after satisfactory completion of a final examination at the end of the course.

Although based at Newcastle University, teaching is provided in academic and clinical facilities throughout the northern region (Newcastle, Sunderland and Darlington).

This one year part time course consists of 10 didactic days of lectures and seminars, plus 14 half days of hands-on clinical training in sedation techniques. Didactic and clinical teaching is spaced evenly over a full academic year.


Clinical sessions are held in the Sedation Department at Newcastle Dental Hospital and in the Newcastle Community Service, which are fully equipped for all aspects of intravenous and inhalational sedation.

The School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle is one of the most modern and best equipped in the country, occupying a spacious, purpose-built facility. The School is in the same building as the Dental Hospital, adjacent to the Medical School and Royal Victoria Infirmary teaching hospital, forming one of the largest integrated teaching and hospital complexes in the country.

Our facilities include:
•a cone beam CT scanner and implant planning software, used extensively for patients treated on our implant programmes
•in-house production laboratories providing excellent learning opportunities around clinician-technician communication
•excellent library and computing facilities on-site.
•research laboratories in Oral Biology, Anthropology and Dental Materials Science
•a dedicated clinical research facility offering clinical training and research opportunities of the highest international standard.

Find out about our dental laboratory facilities and Dental Clinical Research Facility on the Centre for Oral Health Research website.

How to Apply:

Before you apply you should contact the Programme Co-ordinator for further information.

The online application plus the above documents must be received by the closing date. Incomplete applications or applications with any of the above documents missing will not be considered.

We also have a step-by-step guide to help you.

There are two possible start dates:
•April 2018
•October 2018

The application deadline for both start dates is 13th December 2017.

Applications will considered by a selection panel and will be evaluated against the following criteria:
•the content and quality of the application and the personal statement
•the reasons for applying to the course
•experience of sedation
•the impact of undertaking the course on personal development and clinical service

We aim to provide a decision on your application after the closing date in early 2018.


You will need to pay a £600 within four weeks of the date of the offer letter. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Newcastle University

Newcastle University is a world-class research and teaching university, ranked in the top 200 of the world’s best universities. We are proud to have been awarded Gold status by the UK government in the Teaching Excellence Framework in recognition of our provision of consistently outstanding teaching,...

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