Sedation Assistant Certification

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As of November 1st, all attendees at in-person attendance, and clinical courses at the University of Alberta must provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the course date. Please ensure that you / your staff are able to comply with this requirement prior to registering for our course. You will be required to display your proof of vaccination and ID prior to attendance and access at the course facility. Participants unable to provide documentation of vaccination will need to postpone their registration to a later date.

Course Outline

The Sedation Assistant Certification Course is designed to prepare dental assistants to be key team members in the delivery of sedation dentistry. This technology-integrated course involves both an electronic classroom and in-person learning. Interactive lectures and handson simulation complement the three-week at home study components of this course. Pre-study includes theoretical review, video lectures, and multiple choice quizzes. One day onsite components include the mechanics of sedation, monitoring and record keeping, risk management and preparing for emergencies, and medical emergency simulation scenarios.
Upon successful completion of hands-on skills assessments, and a final written multiple choice exam, participants will be granted a Dental Assistant Sedation Program completion certificate.
Course participants must hold current CPR certification and current registration with their respective regulatory body. Proof of certification and registration is required upon registration. Course speakers are selected from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.



• Introduction to Pain and Anxiety In dentistry
• Spectrum of Pain and Anxiety Control
• Modes of Sedation
• Mechanics of Sedation
• Monitoring and Record Keeping
• Complications and Emergency Response
• 8 video lectures from the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology & multiple choice quizzes
• Resources regarding ADA&C Sedation Guidelines
• Written Quiz (multiple choice)


• Lecture overview of home study components
• Break Out Sessions
• Workshop A: Mechanics of Sedation: equipment overview of N2O2/O2 and IV
• Workshop B: Monitoring and Record Keeping: BP, HR, RR, O2Sat, Pre/Peri/Post Assessment and Records
• Workshop C: Risk Management and Preparing for Emergencies: Emergency kit, CPR review, AEDs
• Workshop D: Emergency Response: Assisting with airway management, BVM, OPAs, iGels
• Lecture Summary Review

The course utilizes the learning management system Moodle, through the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Upon registration and payment, access will be granted to the online learning application. An email with the participant’s username and password will be provided with access instructions. Learning modules, videos and quizzes will be incorporated throughout the electronic learning classroom.

This is a hybrid program with online based theory and lectures with pre-study required, followed by a scheduled in-person Clinical Day. The theory component will be fully online, with eClass access provided 3 weeks prior to the registered in-person session dates. Please note the in-person session will be either an AM (8-12) or PM (1-5) session. Dates and sessions will be assigned based on preference, registration numbers and current restrictions.