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CON8001 : Management of Patients Undergoing of Dental Sedation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Nick Girdler
  • Lecturer: Mrs Leah Wesley, Mrs Hannah Desai, Dr Katherine Wilson
  • Owning School: Dental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of this module is to provide a systematic understanding of the selection and assessment of patients for sedation, the management of clinical care and safety of the patient during sedation and in the peri-operative period. This section also aims to provide a critical evaluation of guidelines on sedation and medico-legal issues that are important in clinical sedation practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

Role of sedation in dentistry and methods of anxiety management
Indications and contraindications for sedation in dentistry
Sedation patient assessment and treatment planning
Assessment of patients for sedation: psychological, social, medical and dental assessment
Medical status and the ASA classification of sedation risk
Evidence-based guidelines for the practice of conscious sedation in the UK
National recommendations on sedation issued by the General Dental Council, Department of Health and Royal Colleges
Sedation patient care during the peri-operative period
Recovery and discharge of the sedation patient
Recognition and management of sedation-related complications
Management of emergencies in sedation practice
Use of emergency drugs and automated defibrillation
Medico-legal aspects of conscious sedation in dentistry
Law of consent and medico-legal aspects of consent in sedation
Consent in special groups; children and adult patients with a learning disability

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Present in person: lectures/seminars
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion322:0064:00Research and compilation of critical essay
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities12:002:00Critical writing skills
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading602:00120:00Based on publications from reading lists
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Present in person: Assessment and treatment planning sessions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey information and concepts underlying the science of sedation and critical understanding is consolidated by directed reading of scientific publications and seminar discussion. Workshops provide library skills in searching databases and critical evaluation of literature. Assessment and treatment planning small group sessions will provide students the opportunity to assess the suitability of patients for sedation and undertake decision-making during treatment planning.

Should the public health situation require a pivot to remote learning, then teaching and learning on study days will be delivered remotely.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1002000 word critical essay requiring literature research and critical evaluation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The critical essay is used to assess deep understanding, the ability to apply knowledge and understanding to new situations and use scientific literature to support arguments. It assesses the ability to apply scientific principles to clinical sedation practice.

In order to pass this module candidates must achieve a mark of at least 50% for the essay.

Reading Lists