Eastman Dental Institute


Dental Sedation & Pain Management


Conscious sedation has become a viable alternative for general anaesthesia for certain dental procedures outside the hospital environment. In this fast-developing world of sedation and pain management it has become necessary to train doctors and dentists to provide sedation for their patients.

Our Postgraduate Certificate programme develops students’ theoretical and practical competencies. The emphasis is on providing safe and effective procedural sedation as an operator-sedationist or dedicated sedation practitioner, in keeping with current best practice and in line with contemporary UK Guidelines for Conscious Sedation, and international sedation guidelines.

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. Teaching takes place in two blocks during May and November of each year. In between these blocks, students undertake clinical/practical training in clinics in and around London

Evaluation of the course has shown it to be of very high quality and that graduates apply their newly acquired sedation skills and techniques in their own clinical practices comprehensively, regularly and with a high degree of satisfaction.
We also offer an annual Advanced Study Club meeting in advanced sedation techniques to update knowledge and skills.

Read the blog:
Why Conscious Sedation? by Professor James Roelofse


Dental Sedation & Pain Management Certificate
A part-time, one year Postgraduate Certificate programme in standard sedation techniques to develop students’ theoretical and practical competencies in the fast-developing world of sedation and pain management.

International students without GDC registration are welcome to undertake the theoretical elements of the course as a CPD course. Contact us for more information.

Also see:
Advanced Sedation Study Club
An evening of discussion and CPD held each autumn. Find out more


Honourary contracts / Visiting lecturers / NHS staff

  • Dr Yusof (Joe) Omar
  • Dr Isabelle Holroyd
  • Dr André du Plessis
  • Dr Liege Mathuru
  • Mr Riaz Hassan

Practical training is provided in clinics in and around London. During the clinical attachments, students will receive training in pre-sedation evaluation, administration of nitrous oxide/oxygen and intravenous sedation under the guidance of the mentors, and associated experienced personnel. Students will be able to observe the criteria set for discharge of patients after sedation and will be encouraged to utilise their new skills on returning to their own clinics; the mentors will remain available to the students for advice and guidance during this period.


Dr David Murphy

Programme Director

Rhondda Pierre

Programme Administrator