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A History of SAAD by Peter Sykes

This book traces the history of SAAD, and by inference that of dental sedation, from the inaugural meeting in 1957 through to 2002.
'Although called a history, this account makes no attempt to be as impartial as a good historian should be. When viewed from far away events have to be recorded and evaluated according to their sources. Whatever may be the effect they produce on the historian, there has been no personal involvement. In this case, I was there.' Peter Sykes


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.