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SAAD Annual Symposium 2014

Saturday 13 September

The SAAD annual scientific symposium will take place on Saturday 13th September 2014 at the Royal Society of Medicine in central London. You are invited to attend a day of lectures related to dental sedation and SAAD members are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Society to be held at the end of the scientific programme.


The morning session looks at the history of sedatives and discusses the issues of sedating patients taking other medications.  Then, during the afternoon session we are fortunate to have an international speaker addressing the problem of sedation resistant patients and the use of hypnosis for these cases.  In addition to this a criminologist will be informing us about the recreational drugs some of our patients may be taking. There will also be a summary of the most recent sedation guidelines, the sedation politics that have influenced these guidelines and the implications for SAAD members. 


This symposium provides an opportunity to meet others who share an interest in dental sedation, earn verifiable CPD and take a chance to visit the city of London. 

Register for the SAAD Annual Symposium 2014

Registration closes on Wednesday 10 September



Student members may attend the SAAD symposium at the reduced rate of £30,  please contact info@saad.org.uk to register.

SAAD Symposium 2013

Thank you to the speakers and the delegates for making the SAAD Annual Symposium such an interesting and enjoyable day at the Royal Society of Medicine in central London

The questions posed at the Symposium, along with answers from the Panel can be seen at the SAAD Website Forum

Delegates please click here to log on and download your certificate and FP84 claim form.
If you cannot download your certificate for any reason please contact fiona@saad.org.uk to confirm your details


The Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) is a dental charity dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in pain and anxiety control for dentistry.

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.



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Download  SAAD Guidance for Commissioning.  SAAD has a professional responsibility for the  delivery of pain and anxiety control for patients and to safeguard access to essential conscious sedation services for dentistry developed to national standards. There is a need to achieve a safe patient centric transfer of sedation services from Primary Care Trusts to the [...]

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SAAD members please make sure that we have your current email address.  The next issue of the SAAD Newsletter will be distributed electronically. To confirm your email address, please email your name and/or membership number. Confirm Your Email

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  • Provision of advice to practitioners and to professional protection societies
  • Regular SAAD Postgraduate Courses
  • SAAD Courses for dental nurses, therapists and hygienists
  • Representation on committees of enquiry, study groups, and virtually all official advisory bodies concerned with dental anaesthesia and sedation.
  • The furthering of research into the provision of pain and anxiety control.
  • Annual conference
  • Publication of the SAAD Digest
  • Functioning as a member of the International Federation of Dental Anaesthesiology Societies- IFDAS - (which gives each SAAD members automatic membership).

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