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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    January

  • Course Duration

    9 months

  • Course Type

    PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    09 October 2017

Course content

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. The course provides a high level of clinical experience of treating patients under sedation in supervised sessions. You will learn basic techniques, with introduction to advanced approaches where required. Both practical and theoretical training is given, from initial assessment and treatment planning to delivery, recovery and discharge, for a variety of sedation techniques for dental treatment.

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 

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, and you will undertake an epidemiological or case-study-based project report with a literature review, in addition to a minimum of 22 days of supervised clinical practice. There will also be an introductory full week (5 days) of lectures and practicals from 8-12 January 2018 and 2 further full study days.

Course purpose

The course is designed 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. It will 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 seven additional study days covering the main modules.

Extra information

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for this clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical dental students at King's. Further information will be given should you choose to apply. Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work. This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment. 

If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College's Occupational Health Department before the term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.


Visit the Conscious Sedation for Dentistry - PG Dip page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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