Taught course

Conscious Sedation for Dentistry

University of Portsmouth · School of Health and Care Professions

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Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • Bachelor degree dentistry.
  • Successful applicants must hold full registration with the General Dental Council and have appropriate professional indemnity in place.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process

  • The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and occupational health clearance.

Months of entry


Course content


If you are an experienced dentist looking to expand your clinical expertise, a qualification in conscious sedation should be top of your list.

On this 1-year part-time course, you'll gain the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to carry out conscious sedation in your practice, which is a highly sought-after dental skill.

You'll learn practical skills at the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy – a training provider accredited by the Sedation Training Accreditation Committee (STAC) – and at the clinical facilities of our partner provider, Solent NHS Trust Special Care Dental Services. Both training centres feature the latest specialist equipment to help you explore dental sedation techniques safely under expert supervision.

When you complete the course, you'll be able to offer conscious sedation as an alternative route to treatment for your dental patients, progress to a career in special care dentistry, or pursue further study in this specialised field.

Please note that you'll need to provide your NHS Performer Number as part of the application process.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn how to provide safe and effective conscious sedation across many dental settings, including primary care, secondary care, and special care services
  • Explore the practical and theoretical sides of a range of conscious sedation techniques
  • Experience a mix of supervised clinical practice sessions, distance learning and face-to-face learning
  • Be taught by expert clinical supervisors and guest lecturers with postgraduate qualifications in conscious sedation
  • Use specialist sedation equipment at our STAC-accredited Dental Academy and Solent NHS Trust Special Care Dental Services
  • Gain valuable skills applicable to many healthcare settings, including airway assessment and management, IV cannulation, patient monitoring, and recognition of complications

What you'll study

Core modules:

  • Medical Sciences Relating to Conscious Sedation
  • Conscious Sedation Techniques
  • Supervised Clinical Experience


Teaching on this course includes:

  • supervised clinical practice
  • clinical skills teaching
  • lectures
  • small group tutorials
  • online tutorials

All teachers and clinical supervisors on the course have a postgraduate qualification in conscious sedation, as well as extensive clinical and teaching experience.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.

How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:

  • short note questions
  • single best answer (SBA) papers
  • observation of procedural skills
  • records of experience
  • reflective logs
  • set exercises

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities
Many patients are anxious or even phobic about receiving dental treatment.

Conscious sedation techniques, such as inhalation or intravenous therapies, enable these patients to get the treatment they need safely, with confidence and without the need for general anaesthesia.

Despite this, there are relatively few dentists qualified to carry out conscious sedation, making this a valuable skill to add to your clinical expertise.

Once you graduate, you'll be able to expand your practice to patients needing extra reassurance before treatment, or to pursue a career in special care dentistry.

You could also go on to further study at Master's, DClinDent or PhD level.

Information for international students

International applicants not accepted

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

University Admissions Centre