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Course content

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

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.


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)

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

Visit the Dental Sedation and Pain Management - PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!






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