Conscious sedation is a technique used in dental practice to induce a depression of consciousness during which patients are able to respond purposefully to verbal commands or light tactile stimulation.
Only dentists, including dental specialists, whose registration is endorsed for conscious sedation can use this technique in their practice.
The Registration standard: Endorsement for conscious sedation (the Registration Standard) describes the:
The Registration Standard requires endorsed dentists to complete an approved competency based course in dental sedation and medical emergencies before applying to renew their registration.
The following courses have been approved by the Board:
The Board has developed entry-level competencies expected of applicants for endorsement of registration in the conscious sedation area of practice.
Dentists with an endorsement need to be familiar with the Guidelines on Sedation and/or Analgesia for Diagnostic and Interventional Medical, Dental or Surgical Procedures (PS09 2014), Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).
Read our frequently asked questions on conscious sedation.