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Sadie Hughes

Sadie Hughes is the Sedation Lead and a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry for the Hertfordshire Special Care Dental Service. She completed an MSc in Sedation and Special Care Dentistry in 2003 at King’s College London Dental Institute. Her clinical interests include sedation and behavioural management for adolescents requiring dental treatment and the dental management of adults with additional needs. Sadie is chair of the Sedation Training Accreditation Committee.

Steve Jones

Immediate Past President

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 Trust-based dental service in Cumbria. He gained the Diploma in Conscious Sedation from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1997.

Kellie Downie

Hon. Treasurer
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.

Manni Deol

Clinical Advisor & Hon. Secretary

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.

Paul Howlett

Communications Secretary

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.

Carole Boyle

Course Director

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.

Emma Lee

Assistant Course Director

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.

Yi Kwan Loo

Assistant Editor of the SAAD Digest

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 currently a Paediatric Specialty Registrar based at King’s College Dental Institute and Kent Community Health Foundation Trust.

Leah Adams

Leah is a GDP and Sedation Lead in a practice in Cheltenham. Her special interests are conscious sedation for both children and adults and sedation teaching. She completed her MSc in Conscious Sedation in 2013 (Cardiff University) and has taught at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. Leah is currently a member of the SAAD teaching faculty.

Frank Clough

Frank is the Clinical lead for Sedation at a busy sedation service in primary care.

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.

Thomas Lees

Thomas is an Associate Specialist in OMFS and Specialist in Oral Surgery in Gloucestershire in both hospital and dental practice environments.

Shilpa Shah

Shilpa currently works in several established private practices in the North West as a GDP and sedationist. She is also part-time at Manchester Dental Hospital treating anxious adults under conscious sedation and supervising other practitioners to achieve competency in intravenous sedation. Shilpa completed her MSc, with a merit award in 2017. She also runs a peripatetic sedation service and lectures on Conscious 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.

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Nigel Robb

Editor of the SAAD Digest

Nigel is a Reader/Hon. Professor Restorative Dentistry and Educational Lead for Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia. 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.


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.