All of the SAAD Safe Sedation Practice Scheme Evaluators meet the person specification on page 24 of the SAAD Safe Sedation Practice Scheme.

Meet the SAAD evaluators!

Leah Adams

Leah is a Senior Dental Officer and Sedation Lead within Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust and has particular interests in governance relating to safe sedation practice, sedation teaching and treating dentally anxious adults and children. She recently established an IV sedation service for special care adults and children aged 12-16 and previously worked for many years in a private Sedation Practice as sedation lead.

Leah completed an MSc in Conscious Sedation at Cardiff University and taught for several years on the Diploma and MSc Conscious Sedation course. She is a member of the SAAD teaching faculty and regularly lectures on national SAAD courses.

In her spare time she enjoys getting out in the fresh air and spending time with friends and family.

Christopher Holden

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.

Paul Howlett

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.

Sadie Hughes

Sadie is a Consultant in Special Care Dentistry and the Sedation Lead for Hertfordshire Special Care Dental Service. Her clinical interests include sedation and behavioural management for adolescents requiring dental treatment and dental anxiety management of adults with additional needs. Sadie has experience of providing dental treatment with single and multidrug conscious sedation in hospital, community and general practice settings in addition to providing peripatetic sedation for other dental specialists.