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SAAD Board fully supports the IACSD Standards (April 2015) and strongly recommends that members comply with the new guidelines on training and clinical practice.


SAAD courses and the SAAD Safe Sedation Practice Scheme will continue to be aligned with the IACSD Standards as will our advice to members, professional indemnity organisations and other specialist societies.




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Nurses (Part II)

Dental Therapists/Hygienists

SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse Course

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Francis Collier Hon Secretary

Francis Collier

Francis is a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry, who relocated to his current post in Aberdeenshire in 2007. He undertook a diploma in conscious sedation at Guy's Hospital in 2002. Member of DSTG national committee, representing Aberdeen Dental School where he is an honorary Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow. He has extensive experience in teaching sedation and a special interest in mentoring colleagues in their workplace.
Sadie Hughes

Sadie Hughes

Honorary Secretary

Sadie is a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry and Sedation Lead for Hertfordshire Special Care Dental Service where she holds a Senior Dental Officer post. She completed an MSc in Sedation and Special Care Dentistry in 2003 at King’s College London Dental Institute. Sadie is a member of the SAAD Teaching Faculty. Her clinical interests include sedation and behavioural management for adolescents requiring dental treatment and the dental management of adults with special care requirements.
Steve Jones Hon Treasurer

Steve Jones

Hon Treasurer
Stephen is Clinical Director of the Salaried Dental Service, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. His clinical duties are related to the provision of conscious sedation to anxious and phobic patients. He gained the Diploma in Conscious Sedation from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1997. 
Paul Howlett

Paul Howlett

Communications Secretary

Paul is a GDP in a multi-disciplinary dental practice in Teesside. His specific areas of interest are conscious sedation and dental education. Paul works as part of a dedicated team providing advanced conscious sedation techniques for anxious paediatric patients. Paul is a Dental Foundation Trainer and works with new graduates and DCPs developing their knowledge and skills in conscious sedation. Paul is a Quality Assurance of Education Inspector for the GDC.

David Craig

Course Director
Consultant / Head of Sedation & Special Care Dentistry, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Chairman, Dental Sedation Teachers Group. Chairman, Independent Expert Group on Training and Standards for Sedation in Dentistry. Member, Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry. Past Chairman & Emeritus Examiner, National Examining Board for Dental Nurses.
Carole Boyle President-Elect

Carol Boyle

Assistant Course Director
Carole is a Consultant in Special Care Dentistry at King’s College London Dental Institute, Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals. Her particular interests are using sedation for people who require special care, and teaching sedation both to undergraduates and postgraduates. She is the training programme director for Special Care Dentistry London Deanery and manages the Special Care GA service at GSTT.
Nigel Robb president SAAD

Nigel Robb

Editor of the SAAD Digest

Nigel is a Reader/Hon. Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and runs sedation teaching at Bristol University. He has a vast experience in the subject of Conscious Sedation having co-authored one of the standard text books on the subject. He is an authority and renowned international speaker on the subject of Conscious Sedation.

Kellie Boles

Kellie is the owner of a dental practice in West Sussex where she runs a referral service for intravenous and inhalation sedation for anxious patients. She is also an educational supervisor for foundation dental training in general practice. Kellie is also involved with Kingston Hospital sedation and GA dental services. She completed the Newcastle University post graduate diploma in sedation in 2012. 

Will Botha

Will Botha

Qualifying in 2001 as a medical doctor, since 2004 Will has been involved in advanced sedation, mainly in the field of dentistry. In 2008 he completed a post-graduate diploma in sedation and pain control under the tutorship of Professor James Roelofse. Will mainly practices as a peripatetic sedationist in private as well as NHS dentistry and elective surgical procedures. He also has a particular interest in the advancement of paediatric sedation in dentistry.
Christopher Holden

Christopher Holden

Chris practises as a general dental practitioner in Derbyshire. He has been an author of most national guidance documents on dental sedation in the last 15 years. Chris regularly provides expert evidence in the UK, Europe and worldwide and is immediate past president of The International Federation of Dental Anaesthesiology Societies.

Yi Kwan Loo

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 will shortly be taking up a post as a Paediatric Specialty Registrar based at King’s College Dental Institute and Kent Community Health Foundation Trust.
Dave Pearson

Dave Pearson

Dave is a Consultant Oral Surgeon based at Birmingham Dental Hospital and University Hospitals Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth. He is an honorary lecturer in oral surgery and sedation for the University of Birmingham and has been fortunate to lecture locally and nationally on the topics. He has a special interest in the dental management of oncology patients pre/post radiotherapy utilizing RA and IV sedation.

Zahra Shehabi

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 and is a member of the SAAD Teaching Faculty. Her clinical interests include intravenous sedation (basic and advanced techniques) for patients with challenging behaviour and those undergoing implant surgery.


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.