NEBDN Certificate in Sedation – Syllabus2024-03-13T10:33:34+00:00
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NEBDN Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing

Enrol Now for 14th August 2024

18 hours over six monthly classes, 9am to 12pm Wednesday – Live interactive and online

Course Syllabus & Examinations

The NEBDN Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing is specifically designed for dental nurses wishing to develop professionally and expand their skills within dentistry.

This course is intended to provide dental nurses with the knowledge necessary to provide safe and effective conscious sedation for patients during dental treatment, including critical understanding, intellectual skills, practical skills, attitudes and behaviours to practice competently.


  1. Maintaining good clinical practice, professionalism, record keeping and CPD
  2. Use of technology in dental sedation, risk assessment and audit and patient safety
  3. Informed consent, patient confidentiality, medico-legal issues
  4. Dental anxiety, anatomy and physiology
  5. Pharmacology and patient assessment
  6. Assisting with the administration of sedation

Knowledge and critical understanding

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of conscious sedation techniques in dentistry
  • Understand the range of control of pain and anxiety techniques
  • Understand the importance and influence that the patients’ general health may have on the use of conscious sedation
  • Demonstrate the knowledge to practice effective conscious sedation
  • Understand the importance of complying with contemporary guidance relating to the environment, facilities and equipment required for conscious sedation
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the issues involved in the scientific basis of conscious sedation

Intellectual skills and personal attitude

  • Understand limitations, benefits and risks of conscious sedation techniques
  • Recognise own limitations, reflect on experiences and appreciate the need for continuing education
  • Explain the concept of multidisciplinary care of patients and teamwork
  • Empathise with patients and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with patients, parents, carers and colleagues


Practical skills (gained in your practice)

  • Assess patients who require conscious sedation for dentistry
  • Support the practice with effective and safe conscious sedation
  • Assess recovery of patients from conscious sedation
  • Remain calm, decisive and purposeful whilst handling difficulties or complications

Record of Competence and Examination

For this course, you can choose which area of dental sedation you want to cover for your qualification. Your options are:

  1. Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing (covers both types of dental sedation)
  2. Award in Inhalation Sedation Dental Nursing
  3. Award in Intravenous Sedation Dental Nursing

All 3 qualifications are equivalent to a Level 4.

Electronic Record of Competence 

You will be required to complete a work-based electronic Record of Competence (RoC). Your requirements for this will be dependent on which qualification you register for (as above).

There are four sections to the RoC:

  1. Practical Competence Assessment Sheets (PCAS)
  2. Case Studies
  3. Directly Observed Clinical Skills (DOCS) Assessments
  4. Supplementary Outcomes


This is a 90-minute written examination composed of two sections:

  • Part A – 45 multiple choice questions (MCQ)
  • Part B – 30 extended matching questions (EMQ)

Examinations are held twice a year in March and September.

Award of qualification 

To be awarded this qualification, you must:

  • Complete and satisfy the requirements of the RoC
  • Pass the examination

Awarding Body

NEBDN – National Examining Board of Dental Nurses

Is This Course for Me?

This course is perfect for you if:

  • You want to support patients to have dental treatment they otherwise would not be able to have without conscious dental sedation
  • You would like to make a positive contribution to your patient’s dental experience and the dental team
  • You wish to learn how to provide high standards of delivering dental sedation safely
  • You might be looking to support children through advanced dental treatments requiring dental sedation
  • You are looking for a qualification that could lead to expanding your ability to partake in a wider variety of dental treatments

Apply Now

Apply online today! If you have any questions, please contact our friendly team at training@smilewisdom.co.uk or call 020 7205 2299.

To enrol on the course, you will need to:

  • Be a registered dental nurse with the General Dental Council (GDC)
  • Be legally allowed to work in the UK
  • Have a supportive employer to supervise your electronic Records of Competence (RoC) completion
  • Have a valid First Aid/Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate of completion
  • Be competent in written and spoken English to be able to communicate effectively with patients, their families and dental and healthcare professionals.
  • Be self-motivated

Key Information

Course: Dental Sedation Nursing
Qualification: NEBDN Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing/Award in Inhalation Sedation Dental Nursing/Award in Intravenous Sedation Dental Nursing – depending on option chosen
Level: Equivalent to level 4
Start Date: Wednesday 14th August 2024
Duration: 6 months
Number of Hours: 18
Day: One Wednesday every 4 weeks, 9am-12pm
Where: Live online with a tutor teaching all your classes
Target Exam: March 2025
Price (incl. VAT): £900
Exam Fee: £205
Total (incl. VAT): £1105
Payment Options: Monthly instalments or full payment as preferred
Tutor: Emma Davis, Dip. DN, PTLLS

*Live Online lectures take place in a ‘virtual classroom’ on our teaching platform.
Our live online study mode means you can study with us from anywhere in the UK. Our advanced teaching platform will let you feel like in a real classroom, without having to spend time and money on commuting. Perfect if you are looking to combine good quality education with a busy lifestyle.