Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing (Level 3)

Welcome to The Bay Sedation and GA courses – training courses dedicated to nurses who assist with dental treatments under sedation and/or GA.

All sedation training courses are accredited by The Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD) and comply fully with the Standards for Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care. Students may complete inhalation, intravenous or both techniques as part of their course.

Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing (Level 3)

Course Title: Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing (All Techniques)
This course is aimed at dental nurses who wish to assist in the provision of dental treatment under conscious sedation. Candidates can opt to do intravenous techniques or inhalation techniques or both as appropriate to their workplace.
Awarded by: DELTA Awards. Accredited by the IACSD.
Structure: The course is delivered by way of 6 modules. All modules are mandatory and must be passed. Resources include written course material and scheduled one to one tutorials with the course tutor if required.
Grading: Pass or fail





Candidates must hold GDC registration and a recognised Dental Nurse qualification. This course requires the involvement of a workplace supervisor / expert witness who will take overall responsibility for the practical evidence completed within the workplace. This person will receive their own account login and be required to sign off the evidence submitted. Please ensure you have this person in place prior to course application. Failure to do so will compromise course progress.








This course is assessed by:

  • Workplace Portfolio of Evidence which forms 60% of the final grade and should include evidence of working with the chosen Sedation technique(s).
  • Case study – one case study is required for each of the sedation techniques being covered and is included as part of the Workplace Portfolio of Evidence.
  • Final examination – a 60 minute written exam on all subjects covered forms 40% of the overall grade

Candidates must achieve a pass in all modules to gain the certificate.



Resit Arrangements: 

Candidates can receive a small course extension to amend or change any information in the case studies or essay submissions. A fee may be applicable.

Candidates get two included attempts at the final examination. Further examination attempts will be subject to additional fees.

Practical Component: Assisting in the provision of dental treatments under the chosen method/s of conscious sedation
Guided Learning Hours: This programme is 300 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)
Course length: this will be dictated by access to patients, average completion time is 9 – 12 months
Credits: This course attracts 30 credits

Course Content

Module 1 Content Module 1 Assessment
Preparation for sedation
Patient assessment and consent
In-module assignments
Module 2 Content Module 2 Assessment
Complications of sedation and their management
Medical contraindications
Complications during sedation
In module questions and answers
Module 3 Content Module 3 Assessment
Anatomy of cannulation sites
Respiratory system
Cardiovascular system
Blood pressure
End of module questions and answers
Module 4 Content Module 4 Assessment
Sedation techniques
Equipment and drugs used
End of module essays
Case study which contributes to the final grade
Module 5 Content Module 5 Assessment
Monitoring the patient
Managing emergencies
Evidence of the management of emergencies, and training in Life Support as part of the Workplace Portfolio of Evidence
Module 6 Content Module 6 Assessment
Administration, elimination and absorption of drugs used
End of module essays


Workplace Portfolio of Evidence

The candidate is required to complete a Workplace Portfolio of Evidence to demonstrate their involvement with sedation and their role when assisting in these procedures. They are required to complete the relevant sections for the technique they are wishing to study however it should be remembered that all techniques will be assessed via the examination. The WPE requires documentation to evidence the patient journey through their treatment and must cover 10 inhalation patients and/or 20 IV patients.

Case Studies

The candidate is required to complete a maximum of 2 case studies which involve their role in the treatment of patients undergoing sedation. The case studies must be appropriate to the techniques used. All case studies must include:

  • Details of the treatment undertaken
  • The role of the dental nurse during the treatment
  • A critical evaluation of the appointment(s) including identification of strengths, areas of good practice and areas of improvement
  • Where possible, supporting literature should be included to justify treatment management decisions

Written Exam

Candidates will be required to sit a final written exam of 60 minutes duration. The examination is provided electronically and candidates are able to undertake this in their own environment under strict, remote invigilation. This contributes to 40% of the final grade.