Dental Sedation Courses

We run dental sedation courses for dental practitioners. Plus we provide advanced and update dental sedation courses for those already using sedation.

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Sedation 101: Monitoring the Sedated Patient Course

Gain certified competency to monitor sedated patients. MORE ▾

Sedation 201 - IV Sedation Midazolam Comprehensive Course icon

Sedation 201: IV Sedation Midazolam Comprehensive Course

Gain certified competency to sedate patients. MORE ▾

Sedation 202 - Cannulation & Capnography Competence Course icon

Sedation 202: Cannulation & Capnography Competence Course

Become competent at cannulation. MORE ▾

Sedation 301 - Advanced IV Sedation with Fentanyl Course icon

Sedation 301: Advanced IV Sedation with Fentanyl Course

Improve your sedation results & extend your working window. MORE ▾

Sedation 401 - Target Controlled Infusion (TCI) Sedation Course icon

Sedation 401: Target Controlled Infusion Sedation Course

Learn how to safely deliver Propofol & Remifentanil to provide minimal to moderate sedation guided by Bispectral (BIS) monitoring. MORE ▾


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Sedation 101: Monitoring the Sedated Patient Course

Gain certified competency to monitor sedated patients

A formal education and training course that fulfils the mandatory DCNZ requirements for education and training in the Sedation Practice Standard from 1st October 2019.

For: The whole dental team who monitor sedated patients, either with minimal experience or needing an introduction to capnography.

You will gain an understanding of:

  • The definitions of minimal, moderate, and deep sedation; and general anaesthesia.
  • That the transition from complete consciousness through the various stages of sedation to general anaesthesia is a continuum and not a set of discrete welldefined stages.
  • The risks associated with sedation.

And deeper knowledge in:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular and central nervous systems in relation to sedation.
  • How to monitor the sedated patient – physical and physiological monitoring including the central nervous system, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and necessary equipment – appropriate for the technique(s) and drugs being used, and the intended level of sedation.
  • How to identify sedation-related complications. When to advise the sedationist or operator- sedationist of any abnormalities or concerns, and initiate or assist in the management of a medical emergency.

2023 Schedule

Dates and courses for 2023 so far are…

  • Saturday 18 February 2023: Christchurch at Pavilions Hotel Conference Centre, 42 Papanui Rd, Merivale.
  • 6 May 2023: New Plymouth
  • 27-28 May 2023: Auckland (alongside the Sedation 201 – IV Sedation Midazolam Comprehensive Course) [This course is now fully booked.]
  • 17 June 2023: Hamilton [One space left]
  • 1 July 2023: Wellington
  • 19 August 2023: Dunedin

Register at https://bit.ly/nzssdregister

Speakers

Anna Biddick DipAppSc
Anna has been working in dental practice for over 20 years. After spending 10 years as Practice Manager of a large group practice which had an emphasis on sedation, she has recently moved into the specialist fields of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery and Orthodontics. Anna has a vast practical experience from a non clinician view point and enjoys being able to share her knowledge to help team members upskill and implement safe sedation into their practice.

Dr Nick Stretton BDS, MRACDS(GDP), FICOI
Nick has experience in many areas of sedation including general anaesthetic, oral, and intravenous sedation over the last 10 years and is an active education committee member of the New Zealand Society for Sedation in Dentistry. Nick is passionate about training and education for sedation and has a busy general practice. He has been involved with the Dental Council Practice Standard development and travels internationally to keep up with the latest sedation techniques.

Dr Rohit Bedi BDS, NZREX, PGDipHSc
Rohit has a special interest in providing care using advanced intravenous sedation techniques to help treat patients with extreme dental anxiety and complex needs. He is an active member of the New Zealand, UK and American societies for sedation. He believes Dental Sedation is a “team effort” and is involved in teaching sedation to other dentists and teams. Rohit travels both nationally and internationally to keep up to date with the latest developments in procedural sedation. He practices the full scope of General Dentistry under intravenous sedation

Continuous Improvement

Attendee feedback has always been positive, but we’ve worked to make the course even better. For 2023 we have incorporated more case-based examples and clinical simulation scenarios to aid in learning for all members of the team.

If you last attended in 2018 you won’t be disappointed with spending the day with us!

Accommodation

For those coming from out of town, we have reserved rooms with a discounted accommodation rate of only $210 (incl. GST) per night, including breakfast.

In order to book at this heavily discounted rate please email the hotel directly reservations@pavilion.co.nz and let them know you are attending the sedation conference.

Expressions of Interest

We have limited spaces and expect this course to sell out fast. Please scroll down and complete the form, or click here ▾ to jump straight to it, and register your interest before it’s too late.


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Sedation 201: IV Sedation Midazolam Comprehensive Course

Gain certified competency to sedate patients

A formal training program that meets the requirements of the NZDA Code of Practice and the DCNZ Practice Standard for IV Sedation.

For: Dentists who wish to undertake a training program in IV Sedation, have minimal or no previous experience in IV sedation, or have previous experience but require recertification or a refresher course.

You will learn:

  • How Midazolam works and how to use it, with live demonstrations.
  • The equipment, protocols, records and documentation you need to provide IV sedation.
  • The staff and staffing requirements you need.
  • Teamwork and its importance for sedation.
  • How to assess a patient for IV sedation suitability.
  • A review of medical assessment for IV sedation.
  • How to comply with NZDA and DCNZ requirements.

DATE: 25-26 May 2024, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. [Sorry, this course is now fully booked. To go on the no-obligation Wait List for the next course, please scroll to the bottom of this page and complete the form.]
VENUE: Hilton Hotel, 147 Quay Street, Auckland

Speakers

Dr Don Macalister BDS (Otago), FDSRCS (Eng), Oral Surgeon
After time spent in Military service with Royal New Zealand Navy, Don trained in Oral Surgery in East Grinstead, UK. He is now a specialist Oral Surgeon in private practice in Auckland, and has career long involvement with post graduate teaching of Intravenous sedation. Don pioneered TCI procedural sedation in dentistry in NZ, and has been using TCI sedation in oral surgical practice for 20 years.

Dr Graham Shaw BDS
Graham graduated from Otago in 1985, then worked as a dental house surgeon at Christchurch hospital where he was mentored in IV sedation by John Sinclair. He has been involved with the NZSSD since 1998 and has been President since 2001. Since being mentored by Don Macalister into TCI sedation Graham has done around 1,000 TCI cases.

Dr Paul Templer, Anaesthetist and Pain Physician
Hi, I’m Paul, the non-dentist. I am an anaesthetist and pain physician who lives and works in Dunedin. Ask me about medical stuff, analgesia, wine, MMA, and children.

Tania Stuart

Graeme Christie
Graeme graduated from Otago University in 1995. He then started his practical experience as a dental clinic house surgeon at Auckland Hospital where he gained valuable experience with people with severe medical problems that complicate dentistry.
Graeme’s next 12 years were in the private sector, both in New Zealand and the UK. He now owns two White Cross dental practices.

Requirements

There is new requirement to complete the course – a time limit of 6 months to complete the course observations and pass SST.

The course will involve a 2-day program of lectures, demonstrations, simulated IV experience, practical venepuncture training and an examination.

The NZDA require Core immediate or equivalent training.

Then to gain certification you will be required to…

  1. Observe 3 clinical cases of IV sedation with a mentor who is a member of the NZSSD.
  2. On receipt of a letter confirming your observations, you will be required to pass online Safe Sedation Training.
  3. Once you have successfully completed SST, you will be issued with a certificate in IV sedation.

You will be notified when you are accepted on to the course, then you will be posted the course manual 4 weeks prior to the course. You must be familiar with this prior to the course. Please allow time to study this as you must achieve a 75% pass mark.

Please make your own arrangements for transport and accommodation.

Indicative cost $2,500 including GST, and your first year of membership of NZSSD.

Upon acceptance a GST tax invoice will be emailed to you.

Should you need to cancel the course, a full refund will be given with up to 4 weeks’ notice, plus an administration fee of $55 plus GST will apply (to be deducted from the course fee refund).

If you have any questions on the above, please contact…

Accommodation Bookings

Expressions of Interest

We have limited spaces and expect this course to sell out fast. Please scroll down and complete the form, or click here ▾ to jump straight to it, and register your interest before it’s too late. [Sorry, this course is now fully booked. To go on the no-obligation Wait List for the next course, please complete the form referenced above.]


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Sedation 202: Cannulation & Capnography Competence ½-Day Course

Become competent at cannulation

Hands-on cannulation training including practice on a colleague and prosthetic arms.

We will also review capnography, how it works, and how it should be used and interpreted. Includes practical clinical examples.

For: Practitioners who have completed the Sedation 201 Midazolam course and would like to improve their cannulation competency.

Dates

  • 17 February 2024: Auckland
    • Half-day course – morning, or
    • Half-day course – afternoon
    • NZDA House, U1/195 Main Highway, Ellerslie South, Auckland 1051
  • 6 April 2024: Christchurch
    • Half-day course 8:00am-1:00pm
    • Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton, 189 Deans Avenue, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011
  • 11 May 2024: Wellington
    • Half-day course 8:00am-1:00pm
    • Rydges Wellington, 75 Featherston Street, Pipitea, Wellington 6011

Requirements

Participants must have completed the “Sedation 201: IV Sedation Midazolam Comprehensive Course” to be accepted into this course.

Expressions of Interest

We have limited spaces and expect this course to sell out fast. Please scroll down and complete the form, or click here ▾ to jump straight to it, and register your interest before it’s too late.


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Sedation 301: Advanced IV Sedation with Fentanyl Course

Improve your sedation results & extend your working window

Single-drug sedation with Midazolam has its limitations. Discover how the synergy between Fentanyl and Midazolam can be used to create a more stable and better controlled sedation.

For: Experienced IV sedationists.

You will learn:

  • Detailed pharmacological context behind the rationale for use of a hypnotic (Midazolam) and an opiate (Fentanyl) for dental sedation.
  • Appropriate protocols for two-drug administration and monitoring.
  • Gain access to the SST online program at no additional cost by way of your NZSSD membership.
  • Principles for safe sedation practice and patient selection when using multi-drug sedation.
  • Potential complications (and their management) that you may encounter during minimal to moderate procedural sedation, encompassing aspects of airway and circulatory adverse events.
  • Appropriate use of supplemental oxygen and relevance of capnography for monitoring respiratory adequacy and safety.
  • Receive an overview of capnography waveforms along with the tools for interpretation of common waveform patterns.
  • Tips and tricks on cannulation for patients with difficult veins.
  • How to improve your overall success rates for cannulation.
  • Simple ways to streamline and improve patient outcomes during sedation based on practical experiences and case discussions.

DATE: 22 June 2024
VENUE: Dental Artistry, Newmarket, Auckland

Speakers

Dr Don Macalister BDS (Otago), FDSRCS (Eng), Oral Surgeon
After time spent in Military service with Royal New Zealand Navy, Don trained in Oral Surgery in East Grinstead, UK. He is now a specialist Oral Surgeon in private practice in Auckland, and has career long involvement with post graduate teaching of Intravenous sedation. Don pioneered TCI procedural sedation in dentistry in NZ, and has been using TCI sedation in oral surgical practice for 20 years.

Dr Graham Shaw BDS
Graham graduated from Otago in 1985, then worked as a dental house surgeon at Christchurch hospital where he was mentored in IV sedation by John Sinclair. He has been involved with the NZSSD since 1998 and has been President since 2001. Since being mentored by Don Macalister into TCI sedation Graham has done around 1,000 TCI cases.

Dr Rohit Bedi BDS, NZREX, PGDipHSc
Rohit has a special interest in providing care using advanced intravenous sedation techniques to help treat patients with extreme dental anxiety and complex needs. He is an active member of the New Zealand, UK and American societies for sedation. He believes Dental Sedation is a “team effort” and is involved in teaching sedation to other dentists and teams. Rohit travels both nationally and internationally to keep up to date with the latest developments in procedural sedation. He practices the full scope of General Dentistry under intravenous sedation

Requirements

Expressions of Interest

We have limited spaces and expect this course to sell out fast. Please scroll down and complete the form, or click here ▾ to jump straight to it, and register your interest before it’s too late.


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Sedation 401: Target Controlled Infusion Sedation Course

Learn how to safely deliver Propofol and Remifentanil to provide minimal to moderate sedation guided by Bispectral (BIS) monitoring

Target Controlled Infusion (TCI) is a system that delivers drugs intravenously using a computer- controlled pump.

For: Experienced IV sedationists with experience in a multi-drug technique and a desire to move to this significantly advanced technique for procedural sedation.

You will learn:

  • Principles of TCI.
  • Become familiar with the use of the pumps, associated equipment and consumables.
  • Demonstrate TCI sedation with advanced simulation over a range of real-world scenarios.

DATE: 20-21 April 2024
VENUE: Dental Artistry, Newmarket, Auckland

Speakers

Dr Don Macalister BDS (Otago), FDSRCS (Eng), Oral Surgeon
After time spent in Military service with Royal New Zealand Navy, Don trained in Oral Surgery in East Grinstead, UK. He is now a specialist Oral Surgeon in private practice in Auckland, and has career long involvement with post graduate teaching of Intravenous sedation. Don pioneered TCI procedural sedation in dentistry in NZ, and has been using TCI sedation in oral surgical practice for 20 years.

Dr Graham Shaw BDS
Graham graduated from Otago in 1985, then worked as a dental house surgeon at Christchurch hospital where he was mentored in IV sedation by John Sinclair. He has been involved with the NZSSD since 1998 and has been President since 2001. Since being mentored by Don Macalister into TCI sedation Graham has done around 1000 TCI cases.

Dr David Chrisp BDS, FRACDS, FFDRCS
David is an Oral Surgeon based in Tauranga with over 40 years experience in sedation including many years involved in both sedation teaching and guideline development. David is part of the Tauranga OMS practice whereby 70-80 patients receive TCI based sedations per week. He has contributed to international research and presented at international meetings on his experience with TCI sedation.

Dr Rohit Bedi BDS, NZREX, PGDipHSc
Rohit has a special interest in providing care using advanced intravenous sedation techniques to help treat patients with extreme dental anxiety and complex needs. He is an active member of the New Zealand, UK and American societies for sedation. He believes Dental Sedation is a “team effort” and is involved in teaching sedation to other dentists and teams. Rohit travels both nationally and internationally to keep up to date with the latest developments in procedural sedation. He practices the full scope of General Dentistry under intravenous sedation

Requirements

  • Participants will be screened for entry into the program to determine suitability for the technique. This will include pre-course questionnaires and submission of case reports. See “TCI Course: Pre-Course Assessment” heading below…
  • Completion of SST (Safe Sedation Training) online module with a current certificate (within the last 2 years) prior to the course is mandatory.
  • Prior completion of Sedation 301: Advanced IV Sedation with Fentanyl Course is strongly advised.

Please direct any inquiries to Rohit Bedi sedation@rohitbedi.co.nz.

TCI Course: Pre-Course Assessment

  • Applicants for this course must complete the pre-course assessment questionnaire here: https://sedation.rohitbedi.co.nz/TCI2024
  • If you want to register your nurses or dental assistants, please get each person to fill out the questionnaire separately. Everyone wanting to attend the course must complete the questionnaire please.

Expressions of Interest

We have limited spaces and expect this course to sell out fast. Unfortunately this course is now fully booked but we are still accepting expressions of interest. Please complete the “Expression of Interest Formform below to join the wait list.


Expression of Interest Form