Courses and Organisations

Short Courses

  • Hands-on Wand and STA course in Glasgow – ISDAM (The International Society for Dental Anxiety Management): This one-day course on 1 November 2012 is a workshop for dentists and therapists with first hand opportunity to learn about and experience the Wand/STA. It will review the technology and injection dynamics associated with the STA injection system, along with a description of new techniques for traditional infiltration and block injections and for new, state-of-the-art injections such as the STA-Intraligamentary Injection, AMSA, and P-ASA. Participants will be able to have these injections demonstrated and administer them under direct supervision. For more information, click here.
  • Dental Hypnosis Course in London: The Hypnotherapy Training Institute of Britain (HTI) offers two one-day courses in Central London. Next course dates: October 16th and 17th 2012. For more information, click here.
  • Understanding and Managing Patients who Fear Dentistry: A new course designed to teach dental practitioners how to deal with anxious patients at UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London. The course is 11 days, spread over 10 months. For more information, click here.
  • Tools and Techniques for Reducing Dental Anxiety – British Dental Association: This half-hour webcast (vCPD) explores psychological techniques for alleviating the anxiety of dental patients. For more information, click here.
  • The RA Coach: Richard Charon runs very popular relative analgesia courses in the UK. Next available course: Saturday 1st Dec 2012 in Newbury, Berkshire. For more information, click here.
  • Single session treatment of specific phobia in the real world: Professor Lars-Göran Öst, professor of Clinical Psychology at Stockholm University, Sweden, has developed a rapid CBT treatment for specific phobias which is carried out in one single session. His research has also covered dental phobia and blood-injury-injection phobia. During the workshop the participants will get video demonstrations of how specific phobias can be treated using prolonged exposure and modelling. Please note that this course is not specifically targeted at dental professionals, but it does appear to be open to the general public. 15th January 2013, Reading. Cost of 1-day workshop including lunch: £130. More information
  • The British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (Scotland) offers a Certificated Training Course
    in Clinical Uses of Hypnosis for Doctors and Dentists. Acquire competence in hypnosis as an adjunct to your clinical practice! The course runs over 3 weekends (Module 1: 27th & 28th October 2012, Module 2: 24th & 25th November 2012, Module 3: 12th & 13th January 2013) in Glasgow. Total cost: £900, “Early bird” rate of £840 till September 24th. More information
  • The Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) offers 2-day weekend sedation courses in London for both dentists and nurses (3 times yearly), as well as inhalation sedation courses for dental therapists/hygienists (once a year). For more information, click here.
  • Yorkshire Sedation Training: Adam Glassford and Geoff Baggaley provide training for the dental team in intravenous sedation. Next available courses: One-day dentist beginner & refresher IV course (dentists and nurses can attend separately or as a team): 8th September 2012 and 17th November 2012, Ilkley, West Yorkshire. £395 per GDP, £195 per accompanying nurse. In-house training also available. For more information, click here.
  • Sedation Training Courses in Northwest England: Roy Bennett of provides both in-house tailored training in IV sedation for your specific practice and off-site lecturing. For more information, click here.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Techniques for Treatment of Dental Fear: Tim Newton and Koula Asimakopoulou teach this 2-day course which takes place biannually in London. For more information, click here.
  • Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing: For a list of all approved course providers, see

Postgraduate Courses and similar

  • Anxiety Control and Sedation (Bristol University Open Learning for Dentists): This popular course commencing in the autumn of 2012 combines distance learning elements and study days. It is intended to produce longitudinal clinical experience through attachment to a clinical mentor. The course covers behavioural anxiety managment, local anaesthesia, sedation, and hypnotherapy in dentistry.
  • Conscious Sedation in Dentistry (MSc/Diploma) at Cardiff University: This course aims to offer knowledge and expertise in the science and practice of conscious sedation, from theory of psychological interventions, including behavioural and cognitive management to the full range of conscious sedation techniques for adults and children. PgDip 2 years; MSc 3 years (part-time). Next intake: October each year.
  • Conscious Sedation in Dentistry MSC/PgDip at Newcastle University: The course provides dental practitioners with systematic understanding of theoretical principles that underpin conscious sedation and anxiety management, comprehensive practical understanding of clinical skills in techniques of intravenous and inhalational conscious sedation as applicable to UK practice in dentistry and ability to critically evaluate evidence-base and clinical issues involved in safe independent practice of conscious sedation. MSc: 24 months part-time; PGDip: 12 months part-time.
  • Conscious Sedation for Dentistry PgDip at King’s College London: Students study applied basic sciences, conscious sedation, inhalation/intravenous sedation techniques and management of possible complications. 9 months full-time, January to September 2013.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Conscious Sedation in Dentistry at Dublin Dental University Hospital: The Course is aimed at primary care dental practitioners providing support for those patients with dental anxiety and undertaking dentistry in a safe, effective and anxiety-free manner. Starts January 2013, duration: 18 months.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Special Care Dentistry at Dublin Dental University Hospital: This course course provides training in clinical Special Care Dentistry to enable dentists to deliver primary care both safely and independently to this patient group.Starts January 2013, duration: 18 months.
  • Clinical Doctorate in Special Care Dentistry at Dublin Dental Hospital: This is a 3-year full-time course (which may also be offered over 5 years part-time).
  • Special Care Dentistry MSc King’s College London: This course provides a theoretical foundation and develops appropriate clinical skills for the care of patients needing special care with particular emphasis on the use of behaviour management techniques, analgesia, sedation and general anaesthesia. 2 years, 2-3 days per week, October to September.
  • Special Care Dentistry PG Certificate/PG Diploma at UCL Eastman Dental Institute: The programme aims to provide a grounding in basic practical and academic skills necessary for the contemporary practice of Special Care Dentistry identifying key concepts which underlie successful patient treatment, together with an understanding of the evidence base for Special Care Dentistry and the ability to critically access scientific literature. Part-time 1-2 years, 26 days of attendance over one year.
  • Roland Williams Job Shadowing Scheme: The All Wales Special Interest Group invites dental care professionals in Wales who have an interest in Special Care Dentistry (SCD) to apply for the Roland Williams Job Shadowing Scheme (RWJSS) for 2012. This scheme is aimed at those personnel who would like to further their knowledge and skills in SCD that they are already familiar with or for those who have very limited experience but would like to acquire understanding and awareness of a certain client group.


  • The U.K.-based International Society for Dental Anxiety Management aims to bring together all psychological, pharmacological, clinical, and technological techniques utilised in helping people overcome their fears and phobias. Membership is now available to healthcare professionals who have a registered qualification and a regulatory body. Members will receive e-newsletters, have access to a members only professional discussion and support forum, and have access to live and online training courses. New members signing up for 2013 membership now will also receive the remainder of 2012 for free. You can also join the facebook group here: ISDAM facebook group.
  • The Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) is a U.K.-based dental charity dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in pain and anxiety control for dentistry. It provides postgraduate education by running courses encouraging the safe provision of conscious sedation for dentistry, for both dentists and dental nurses. The society also produces the journal “SAAD Digest”, which is published annually and presents interesting research and product news. Membership of the society is open to any registered medical or dental practitioner, dental nurse or dental therapist.
  • The Dental Sedation Teachers Group is a mainly hospital based group, which provides a forum for all individuals who are interested in the teaching of conscious sedation in dentistry. The membership includes dental and medical practitioners and nurses from academia, hospital, community and general practice.

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If you know of any other relevant organisations or courses of interest, please contact us with the details! These can include courses related to dental anxiety management, local anaesthesia technique, or sedation.