Why not join the International Society for Dental Anxiety Management (ISDAM)? ISDAM aims to bring together all psychological, pharmacological, clinical, and technological techniques utilised in helping people overcome their fears and phobias. There is also an ISDAM Facebook group.

Dental Anxiety Management and Sedation Courses (UK and Ireland)

Sedation and Psychological Dental Anxiety Management

Conscious Sedation in Dentistry P.Grad.Dip. (Dublin):

An 18-month part-time course designed to equip dentists with the knowledge, skills and experience to safely and independently use conscious sedation techniques in their own clinics. The teaching also includes non-pharmacological methods of dental anxiety management.

Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Sedation and Anxiety Management P.Grad.Dip. (Edinburgh):

This course is not currently offered.

Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Conscious Sedation and Anxiety Management (Bristol):

A programme for dental practitioners wishing to provide conscious sedation and anxiety management. Teaching is via a combination of distance learning modules and study days. Clinical skills will be acquired during supervised clinical practice in Bristol. Also covers cognitive therapy, including self-help and behavioural approaches.


Dental Sedation and Pain Management Postgraduate Certificate (London):

UCL Eastman Dental Institute offers this one-year part-time postgraduate certificate programme in standard sedation techniques. The programme is delivered through lectures, clinical skills seminars, problem-based learning and supervised clinical sessions sedating patients. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies.

Conscious Sedation in Dentistry PGDip (Newcastle):

This one-year part-time course at Newcastle University will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to use intravenous and inhalational sedation techniques on a wide range of anxious patients. It consists of 10 didactic days of lectures and seminars, plus 12 half days of hands-on clinical training in sedation techniques.

Accredited Courses in Conscious Sedation for Dentistry UK:

A complete list of accredited conscious sedation courses in the UK (both university/deanery and non-university/non-deanery) as of Dec 10, 2019, published by the Sedation Training Accreditation Committee (STAC).

Scottish Sedation Training:

Dental sedation update courses for dentists and dental nurses who are already carrying out intravenous and inhalation sedation.

Mellow Dental IV Sedation Training (Northwest England):

In-house tailored training in IV sedation for your specific practice and off-site training days in Liverpool.

IV Sedation Training Courses in Manchester:

IACSD Accredited IV sedation training course for the whole dental team. They can train complete beginners to independent practice and provide all cases for your logbook.

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.


Dental Hypnosis – 5 Days (London):

Run by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute, this five-day course (held over four months) teaches how to address issues faced by both patients and practitioners regarding anxiety, phobic responses to treatment and fear concerning pain, and a number of powerful techniques that can enhance the patient-practitioner relationship and dental experience.

The British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (Scotland) offers a Certificated Training Course in Clinical Uses of Hypnosis for Doctors and Dentists. There are a few spaces still available for this year’s (2021) course which is open to any GDC/GMC registered team member.


ProDental CPD: A 90-minute dental anxiety management e-learning presentation by Mike Gow. Learn to define dental anxiety, fear and phobia, list the options available to help anxious patients, utilise some basic language, rapport and communication skills with anxious patients, and understand the training pathways available in dental anxiety management.

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