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This postgraduate diploma in Conscious Sedation for Dentistry creates a better understanding of the processes involved in conscious sedation through knowledge… Read more
This postgraduate diploma in Conscious Sedation for Dentistry creates a better understanding of the processes involved in conscious sedation through knowledge of the basic sciences; provides a high level of clinical experience treating patients under sedation in supervised sessions; teaches basic techniques, with introduction to advanced approaches where required; explores principles of assessment, selection and treatment planning.

Key benefits

- High levels of exposure to the clinical environment at Guy's Hospital with its diverse patient population

- Close expert supervision, to gain competence and confidence in treating patients under conscious sedation

- Compliant with the new IACSD national guidelines

- Clinical sessions one day per week enabling students to continue to work in practice

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/conscious-sedation-for-dentistry-pg-dip.aspx

- Description -

You will study applied basic sciences, conscious sedation, inhalation/intravenous sedation techniques and management of possible complications. The programme is based on self-directed learning, research, which can be an audit, epidemiological or case-study-based project report with a literature review, in addition to a minimum of 22 days of supervised clinical practice.

- Course purpose -

For dentists already engaged in the provision of sedation for dentistry, or planning to develop a service, as well as those involved in teaching conscious sedation techniques. To provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills to use a wide range of conscious sedation techniques with confidence and safety.

- Course format and assessment -

Modular programme comprising 120 credits: Scientific Basis of Conscious Sedation, examined by written and MCQ examination; Clinical Conscious Sedation, involving supervised clinical practice and examined by a mixture of case studies on treated and unseen patients, practical and oral examinations; submission of a literature review, with an oral defence of the literature. Attendance at Guy's Campus one day per week from January to June and additional study days covering the main modules.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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This programme is intended for dental practitioners who want to develop competence in providing conscious sedation. The programme has been designed to allow you to gain experience of using inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide and oxygen, and midazolam. Read more
This programme is intended for dental practitioners who want to develop competence in providing conscious sedation. The programme has been designed to allow you to gain experience of using inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide and oxygen, and midazolam. You will build your knowledge through distance learning modules and study days, while clinical skills will be developed during supervised clinical practice in Bristol. We aim to produce caring, knowledgeable and skilful practitioners who are competent in the provision of conscious sedation within the limits of the individual clinician.

Programme structure

This modular programme is divided in to three units: Local Anaesthesia, Anxiety Management and Clinical Conscious Sedation.

Local Anaesthesia
Pain and anxiety control are closely linked and treatments under sedation often need to be aborted because of inadequate local anaesthesia. The unit will update students in pharmacology and local anaesthetic techniques, introduce advanced local anaesthetic techniques and provide medical simulator training in the management of the complications of sedation.

Anxiety Management
This unit will provide students with a knowledge and critical understanding of the theoretical framework that underpins cognitive therapy, including self-help and behavioural approaches.

Clinical Conscious Sedation
This unit is designed to prepare those with no experience in conscious sedation to independent practice. It will include supervised clinical practice in Bristol, as well as distance learning and study days where practical skills will be introduced before beginning supervised clinical practice. The unit covers the syllabus on basic sedation techniques published in 2015 by the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry.

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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. Read more
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

Delivery

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.

Facilities

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

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This Postgraduate Certificate programme develops students’ theoretical and practical competencies in the fast-developing world of sedation and pain management, and is studied part-time over one year. Read more
This Postgraduate Certificate programme develops students’ theoretical and practical competencies in the fast-developing world of sedation and pain management, and is studied part-time over one year. It is compliant with UK sedation guidelines.

Degree information

Alongside theoretical training, the programme provides clinical attachments with a programme mentor at accredited sedation clinics in or near London. Students receive training in pre-sedation assessment and how to administer sedation to patients using standard sedation techniques, and observe the criteria set for recovery and discharge of patients after sedation. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies during sedation.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of four core modules worth 15 credits each. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical I
-Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical II
-Conscious Sedation Clinical I
-Conscious Sedation Clinical II

Dissertation/report
Each student writes a 3,000-word referenced essay on a sedation-related topic as part of formal assessment..The topic must be approved by the Programme Director

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, clinical skills seminars, problem-based learning and directly supervised clinical sessions sedating patients. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies.

Careers

The programme prepares graduates to practise as:
-Operator sedationists: as dentists they can conduct dental procedures and administer drugs for relief of pain and anxiety, conscious sedation.
-Dedicated sedation practitioners: delivering the relief of pain and anxiety through conscious sedation while conducting dental procedures (this form of sedation practice is becoming very popular and the demand is increasing).
-Sedation trainers.
-Various graduates are now offering conscious sedation for the first time in their practices, and one graduate is now running airway certification courses.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Dentist, Walton Park Dental Practice/ Diploma in Implant Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons
-Dental Officer, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
-Speciality Doctor, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
-Paediatric Dentist, Eastman Dental Hospital (NHS)

Employability
There is a huge demand for sedation practitioners and this is lilkely to grow in future, not only as private practitioners but also sedation trainers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme is available to both doctors and dentists, which is unique in the UK. The programme invites guest speakers from other institutions and the Programme Director himself is a visiting professor from UWC, Cape Town, providing connections with the international sedation community. You can find out more about the programme on the institute's Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert page: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/eastman/education/programmes/dental-sedation-and-pain-management-postgraduate-certificate

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Bristol University Open Learning for Dentists is a very popular modular distance learning programme for students aiming to achieve the Certificate or Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies. Read more
Bristol University Open Learning for Dentists is a very popular modular distance learning programme for students aiming to achieve the Certificate or Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies. It provides a unique form of dental postgraduate education, designed for busy dental practitioners.

Students must complete three units (60 credits) from a choice of 11 to achieve the certificate or six units (120 credits) to achieve the diploma. Each unit provides a structured programme that involves reading, study days and assessments.

This method of study is not led by teachers in a classroom but is supported by tutors and administration at a distance, offering the flexibility to suit your personal needs. The units are specially written for the programme and are designed to be interactive, giving you the opportunity to think and learn for yourself. Following successful completion of the diploma, students may carry out a research project and prepare a dissertation to achieve an MSc.

All students applying for Postgraduate Dental Studies will initially be enrolled on to the certificate, and on satisfactory completion will be transferred to the diploma.

Occasional route of study]

The occasional route of study is an option for students who do not want a formal postgraduate qualification but still want to register for individual units. After successful completion of a unit, the student is awarded a transcript confirming that they have attained 20 credits; this could later be used in an application for Recognition of Prior Learning. CPD hours are also awarded. Students who have completed a unit via the occasional route may transfer to the certificate programme, subject to availability of places. The modular fee is the same regardless of the route of study.

Programme structure

The year is divided into three teaching blocks and students may only take one unit per block. Programme material is posted on Blackboard, an online learning environment. There are between one and four elements per unit and they contain assignments to be completed by the student. The units normally available are:
-Anxiety Management
-Conscious Sedation
-Endodontics
-Full Denture Prosthetics
-Law and Ethics
-Local Anaesthesia
-Periodontics
-Surgical Skills 1 and 2

There are one to two compulsory study days per unit, usually held on Fridays or Saturdays. These cover areas that do not lend themselves well to distance learning, such as hands-on sessions.

Careers

The aim of this programme is to inform and enhance the current practice of busy dental practitioners. In future some of the units may be helpful for gaining a contract with the NHS to provide clinical services as a Dentist with Special Interests or Dentists with Extended Services, which may be introduced in England.

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This programme is for dental surgery graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, clinical practice experience and expertise in oral surgery. Read more

Programme description

This programme is for dental surgery graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, clinical practice experience and expertise in oral surgery.

The programme will give you theoretical and practical understanding of oral surgery and how it relates to other dental specialities.

The syllabus includes components of the core competencies for oral surgery training for the General Dental Council and Royal College of Surgeons of England guidelines:

extraction of teeth & retained roots/pathology
management of associated complications including oro-antral fistula
management of odontogenic and all other oral infections
management of impacted teeth
management of complications
peri-radicular surgery
dentoalveolar surgery in relation to orthodontic treatment
intraoral and labial biopsy techniques
treatment of intra-oral benign and cystic lesions of hard and soft tissues
management of benign salivary gland disease by intra-oral techniques and familiarity with the diagnosis and treatment of other salivary gland diseases
insertion of osseointegrated dental implants including bone augmentation and soft tissue management
appropriate pain and anxiety control including the administration of standard conscious sedation techniques
management of adults and children as in-patients, including the medically at risk patient
management of dento-alveolar trauma and familiarity with the management and treatment of fractures of the jaws and facial skeleton
management of oro-facial pain including temporomandibular joint disorders
clinical diagnosis of oral cancer and potentially malignant diseases, familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
the diagnosis of dentofacial deformity and familiarity with its management and treatment
diagnosis of oral mucosal diseases and familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
control of cross-infection
medico-legal aspects of oral surgery

Programme structure

You will participate in lectures, seminars and a rehearsal of procedures in the clinical skills laboratory.

You will also undertake an integrated programme of theoretical, clinical and laboratory teaching.

Throughout the course you will be assessed by written examinations, case presentations, oral examination and the completion of a research project.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed for dental surgery graduates who wish to specialise in oral surgery.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck. Read more
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

All units are based on the speciality of oral surgery but within the wider context of maxillofacial surgery. The three year course provides specialist oral surgery clinical training. You will undertake minor oral surgery under supervision, carried out under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation and general anaesthesia. You will also attend theatre to assist and observe major surgery and attend consultation clinics, trauma clinics, ward rounds and carry out ward duties.

The clinical component of the course consists of the following units:
-Surgical Basic Sciences (Basic surgical science, preoperative and postoperative care) and Patient Care (Assessing patients, medical aspects of patient care and control of pain and anxiety)
-Reflective Oral Surgery Practices
-Dental Tissues (Infections and inflammation of the teeth and jaws, removal of teeth and surgical implantology)
-Bone: Disease and Injury (Diseases of bone and the maxillary sinus, oral and maxillofacial injuries)
-Soft Tissues (Cysts, mucosal disease, premalignancy and malignancy)
-Salivary Tissue, Pain and TMJ (Salivary gland disease, facial pain and disorders of the temporomandibular joint)

You will attend weekly interactive seminars led by senior staff and some invited guest speakers. Some of these have actor patients present to allow you to rehearse your clinical skills. If you study the full three year MSc you will also attend external teaching events such as residential blocks for basic science applied to surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Aims

The course aims to:
-Provide dental practitioners with the knowledge and skills to undertake oral surgery in the context of wider knowledge of oral and maxillofacial surgery
-Provide you with the appropriate knowledge, understanding, intellectual skills, practical skills and attitude to practice oral surgery in selected cases
-Enable you to carry out critical evaluation, problem solving and use sound judgement for clinical problems
-Give you the knowledge to criticalyl understand the issues involved in the scientific basis of oral and maxillofacial surgery
-Ensure you are competent in the design and interpretation of original clinical research at the forefront of current dental research (including data collection and statistical analysis using appropriate computer software)
-Provide you with the knowledge and experience to plan, implement and complete a research project showing initiative and personal responsibility

Career opportunities

MSc courses are designed for dental practitioners who wish to further their knowledge of surgery and are a useful foundation for specialist training in this field.

The three year course provides specialist oral surgery clinical training.

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