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Conscious Sedation for Dentistry PG Dip

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This postgraduate diploma in Conscious Sedation for Dentistry creates a better understanding of the processes involved in conscious sedation through knowledge of the basic sciences; provides a high level of clinical experience treating patients under sedation in supervised sessions; teaches basic techniques, with introduction to advanced approaches where required; explores principles of assessment, selection and treatment planning.

Key benefits

  • High levels of exposure to the clinical environment at Guy's Hospital with its diverse patient population

  • Close expert supervision, to gain competence and confidence in treating patients under conscious sedation

  • Compliant with the new IACSD national guidelines

  • Clinical sessions one day per week enabling students to continue to work in practice 

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration Nine months, January to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Course intake Up to 12

Course leaders Dr Chris Dickinson

Further details

Course contact for further information Chris Dickinson +44 (0) 207 188 6075

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Dental Institute



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Course detail


You will study applied basic sciences, conscious sedation, inhalation/intravenous sedation techniques and management of possible complications. The programme is based on self-directed learning, research, which can be an audit, epidemiological or case-study-based project report with a literature review, in addition to a minimum of 22 days of supervised clinical practice.

Course purpose

For dentists already engaged in the provision of sedation for dentistry, or planning to develop a service, as well as those involved in teaching conscious sedation techniques. To provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills to use a wide range of conscious sedation techniques with confidence and safety.

Course format and assessment

Modular programme comprising 120 credits: Scientific Basis of Conscious Sedation, examined by written and MCQ examination; Clinical Conscious Sedation, involving supervised clinical practice and examined by a mixture of case studies on treated and unseen patients, practical and oral examinations; submission of a literature review, with an oral defence of the literature. Attendance at Guy's Campus one day per week from January to June and additional study days covering the main modules.

Extra information

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for this clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical dental students at King's. Further information will be given should you choose to apply. Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work. This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment.

If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College's Occupational Health Department before the term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

A dental qualification with eligibility for registration with the GDC. Applicants should demonstrate a focused interest in conscious sedation and be able to practise sedation in the place of work.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Completed applications for January 2017 entry (which consist of an online application form, two references, a transcript of previous degrees and a CV) should be submitted by the deadline date (16 September 2016). Interviews will take place on 14 October 2016.

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants should demonstrate a focused interest in conscious sedation. Please submit a separate CV in addition to the application form.

Application closing date

Applications are now closed for January 2017 entry.  Applications for January 2018 entry will be open in Spring 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £5,600 p.a. (2016/17)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £10,600 p.a. (2016/17)*
  • Part time UK fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £1,000.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Clinical tunics: one is provided; additional if required at approximately £15
  • Costs for local occupational health checks for overseas students prior to course commencement
  • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks approximately; £50 for an initial check; ongoing subscription at £13 per year. Check the government website for further information
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees  
  • Conference attendance (optional)
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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