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Conscious Sedation in Dentistry - PGDip

Course 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

Visit the Conscious Sedation in Dentistry - PGDip page on the Newcastle University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

There is a limited number of places on this course. You must have completed a primary dental qualification at least one year before the start of the course. This needs to be recognised by the (UK) General Dental Council. You must also hold full registration with the (UK) General Dental Council by the start of the course.

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