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SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse Course

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Meet the Faculty (Lecturers)

Attend a SAAD Course and be taught by the country’s most experienced dental sedation teachers!

Dr Carole Boyle

SAAD Course Director, Past President & Honorary Life Member

Carole is a Consultant and Clinical Lead for Special Care Dentistry at Guy’s, and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London. Her particular interests are using sedation for people who require special care, teaching sedation both to undergraduates and postgraduates and providing dental care under general anaesthesia. She is a member of Dental Council at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Mrs Emma Lee

SAAD Assistant Course Director, SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse (SASN) scheme Co-ordinator & SAAD Trustee

Emma has been a member of the SAAD teaching faculty since 1998 and taught for many years in the department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at Guy’s Hospital. She is currently the Head of Learning & Development for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

Dr David Craig

SAAD Past President & Former Course Director

Consultant in Special Care Dentistry at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Professor at the University of Portsmouth. David has over 30 years' experience teaching conscious sedation techniques to undergraduate students, dental and medical practitioners and has served on dental and multi-disciplinary groups preparing guidelines for safe sedation practice.

Dr Leah Adams

SAAD Trustee & Sedation Lead, CDS Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

Leah is a Senior Dental Officer and Sedation Lead within the Community Dental Service in Gloucestershire. Prior to this she was a GDP and sedation lead in a private sedation practice and gained her MSc in Conscious Sedation from Cardiff University. Leah has a special interest in treating anxious children and adults and providing conscious sedation, as well as teaching sedation and mentoring dentists, therapists and nurses.

Dr Prabhleen Anand

Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, RNENT & Eastman Dental Hospital, UCLH NHS Trust

Prabhleen has been a Consultant and Honorary Clinical Lecturer for over 15 years in Paediatric Dentistry at The Eastman Dental Hospital. She is currently Deputy Chair for the Paediatric Dental Managed clinical network in London. She also works in private practice. Her areas of special interest are sedation, pain control, oral surgery, hypodontia, trauma and general anaesthesia. She is the lead on general anaesthesia and IV sedation in the department.

Dr Mike Clarke

Former Head of Risk at Dental Protection Ltd.

Mike qualified from Cardiff in 1979 and practised in North Yorkshire until 2005. He worked with DPL from 1995 until 2017; as an advisor for many years and then as the Head of Dental Underwriting Policy. He has been active in dental politics for many years and is a regular contributor to the dental press. He is a past chairman of the Dental Practitioners' Association, a former member of the Department of Health's Standing Dental Advisory Committee and a past vice-chairman of the BDA’s Private Practice Committee. He is currently a senior member of the Research Ethic Committee.

Dr Manni Deol

SAAD Clinical Advisor and Trustee, GDP

Manni has been a general dental practitioner for 20+ years working in NHS and private practice, based in the West Midlands. Her special interests include Sedation and Teaching. She provides intravenous sedation at her practice and has worked in the Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at Guys Hospital in the past. Manni's other roles include Foundation training (13 years experience) and being an elected member of the LDC Coventry.

Dr Neil Donaldson

Consultant Oral Surgeon

Neil is a Consultant in Oral Surgery based at Birmingham Dental Hospital. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Conscious Sedation and uses these skills regularly in the provision of oral surgery with the help of intravenous sedation. He has a particular interest in the orthodontic/oral surgery interface and therefore is well experienced in the care of anxious children and adolescents.

Dr Jennifer Hare

Consultant Health Psychologist. KCL Dental Institute

Jen leads the Dental Psychology Service at Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation NHS Trust; providing input for individuals with dental phobia, oro-facial pain and orthognathic surgical assessments.

Mrs Mary Hicks

Resuscitation Council Instructor, Adult and Paediatric Advanced Life Support.

Mary is an experienced registered nurse with an ED background and has been a Resuscitation Officer for over 20 years working within the NHS. Mary is a Resuscitation Council instructor in both adult and paediatric Advanced Life Support Courses. She has a keen interest in education and has a PgDip in Education.

Dr Christopher Holden

Past President and Trustee of SAAD, GDP

Chris has been a GDP in primary care for 40 years. He has been an author of most national guidance documents on dental sedation in the last 15 years. Chris provides expert evidence in the UK, Europe and worldwide and is immediate past president of The International Federation of Dental Anaesthesiology Societies.

Dr Paul Howlett

Trustee of SAAD, GDP

Paul works as a GDP in a private multi-disciplinary dental practice in Teesside. His specific areas of interest are managing anxious patients and more complex restorative care including dental implants. Previously, Paul spent 5 years working as part of a dedicated team providing advanced conscious sedation techniques for paediatric patients and continues to use single drug intravenous and inhalation sedation as part of his daily clinical practice. Paul has been a SAAD trustee since 2012.

Dr Steve Jones

Immediate Past President of SAAD.

Stephen is Clinical Lead for Conscious Sedation in the School of Dentistry, University of Central Lancashire. In his previous role as a Clinical Director he was involved in the organisation and development of dental sedation within the Truste-based dental service in Cumbria. He gained the Diploma in Conscious Sedation from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1997.

Dr Bryan Kerr

Consultant in Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry, Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences.

Bryan completed an MSc in Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at King's College London (KCL) and is now a Consultant at Guy's Hospital, London. He provides training in conscious sedation to undergraduate and postgraduate dentists at KCL. Bryan is the current chair for DSTG and in the SAAD teaching faculty.

Dr Yi Kwan Loo

Deputy Sedation Lead, Paediatric Dental Department at King’s College Dental Institute & SAAD Trustee

Yi is Deputy Sedation Lead in the Paediatric Department at King’s College Dental Institute. Her role includes provision of advanced sedation and teaching dental undergraduates. She completed the Diploma in Conscious Sedation at Newcastle University and has a background as a GDP providing advanced adult and paediatric sedation, as part of an experienced multidisciplinary team. Yi is a Paediatric Specialty Registrar based at King’s College Dental Institute and Kent Community Health Foundation Trust.

Mr Anthony McKay

Senior Resuscitation Officer at GSTT

Anthony has a wealth of experience attending emergencies and teaches undergraduate dental students. He is an ALS, APLS, NLS and Generic Resuscitation Instructor with a keen interest in non-technical skills. He has a Masters in Quality and Safety in Healthcare evaluating resuscitation teams.

Dr Najla Nizarali

Consultant in Sedation and Special Care Dentistry, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS FT KCL

Najla is a consultant in Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at Guys and St Thomas' Hopsital and and honorary senior lecturer for Kings College London. She provides training in conscious sedation to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has a special interest in education relating to Special Care Dentistry and provision of dental services to haematology patients using sedation techniques as appropriate.

Dr Dave Pearson

Consultant Oral Surgeon

Dave is Dental Divisional Medical Director for Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS FT and a Consultant Oral Surgeon based at Birmingham Dental Hospital. He lectures in oral surgery / sedation and works closely with the University of Birmingham. He has a special interest in the dental management of oncology patients pre/post radiotherapy utilising IS and IV sedation.

Dr Damien Reilly

Consultant in Special Care Dentistry at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Damien is a Consultant in Special Care Dentistry. In addition to this appointment at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare, he has a particular interest in the provision of sedation for obese patients.

Mrs Toni Richman

Course Administrator

Toni has for many years assisted and demonstrated on the techniques of Conscious Dental Sedation. She has presented at numerous post graduate courses within the UK and Ireland. She is a Practice Manager in Billingshurst, West Sussex.

Miss Joanne Rushford

Dental Matron for sedation and Special Care Dentistry, Paediatric Dental Centre, Oral Surgery, Acute Dental Care and Dental Day Case. Guy’s Hospital.

Joanne has assisted and demonstrated for many years on the techniques used in Conscious Dental Sedation. She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate sedation courses at Guy’s.

Dr Laleh Sharifian

Peripatetic Sedationist

Laleh has been a GDP for over 20 years and has provided IV Sedation in primary care during this time. She is now a full time peripatetic sedation dentist; offering IV Sedation in the South-East of UK for dental practices. Laleh is also a clinical supervisor on the SAAD Assessed Sedationist (SAS) scheme and runs ILS courses and sedation lectures and CPD for the sedation team.

Dr Zahra Shehabi

Consultant in Special Care Dentistry at Barts Health & SAAD Trustee

Zahra is a Consultant in Special Care Dentistry at the Royal London Dental Hospital. She completed MSc's in Sedation and Special Care Dentistry in 2011 (Kings College, London) and Healthcare Management in 2016 (City University, London). Zahra is heavily involved in undergraduate and postgraduate sedation teaching. Her clinical interests include intravenous sedation (basic and advanced techniques) for patients with challenging behaviour and those undergoing implant surgery. More recently, she has been involved in various healthcare sustainability projects through her work with Green@BartsHealth

Dr Emily Sherwin

Consultant, Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry, Guy's Hospital

Emily works in the Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at Guy's Hospital and is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. She has wide experience of providing sedation both in a community and hospital setting.


SAAD is at the forefront of postgraduate teaching of sedation techniques in dentistry. The Society runs courses for the whole dental team encouraging the safe provision of conscious sedation. Other activities include providing scientific seminars, giving expert advice to other bodies including the Department of Health and the General Dental Council; providing experts for guidelines and standards documents; giving expert evidence to the courts; promoting research in the field of pain and anxiety control and providing individual support and advice to members. Membership of the society is open to any registered dental or medical practitioner, dental nurse or dental therapist/hygienist.