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February 1, 2015 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

An Approach To Pain Management With Non-Opioid Drugs

by Dr. Alia El-Mowafy &Dr. Peter Nkansah

It has been estimated that seventy-five percent of adults experience an element of dental anxiety, and that in ten percent of patients, such fear can prevent them from making a visit to the dental office in the early phase of

February 1, 2015 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Articaine and paresthesia in dental anaesthesia: neurotoxicity or procedural trauma?

by Dr. Mihaela Toma,1 Dr. Michael Berghahn,2 Stefan Loth,2 Bernardo Verrengia,3 Dr. Luigi Visani,4 Dr. Fabio Velotti4 1PharmaPart AG, Switzerland; 2Pierrel Research Europe GmbH, Germany, 3Pierrel Pharma srl, Italy; 4Genes Holding SA, Switzerland

INTRODUCTIONThe hypothesis that articaine, a local anesthetic with well-established effectiveness widely used in dentistry, might have neurotoxic effects is continuously under intense discussion. A number of reports claim to provide a basis for the opinion that articaine is related to

February 1, 2015 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Local anaesthesia: Improving the patient experience

by Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FPFA, FACD, DICOI, DADIA

In health care dentists are often referred to as the local anaesthesia experts as we provide localized anaesthesia as an integral part of what is performed daily. When thinking of going to the dentist, this is the one aspect that

April 14, 2014 News AnesthesiologyDentistryGeriatric DentistryOral HealthOrthodontics

Celebrating two of Oral Health’s Editorial Board Members with the U of T Faculty of Dentistry Teacher of the Year Award

by Oral Health Group

Drs. Peter Nkansah and Randy Lang won University of Toronto Teacher of the Year awards at the Dental faculty recently. Dr. Nkansah won for 2nd Year and Dr. Lang won for 4th Year.   Congratualtions to both of these editorial

February 12, 2014 News AnesthesiologyDental OfficeDentistryOral HealthOrthodonticsPublic Health

OrthoBanc Partners with Smile for a Lifetime to Gift Smiles

by OrthoBanc & Smile For A Lifetime

OrthoBanc, a risk assessment and payment management provider specializing in electronic payments for orthodontists has  become an official corporate sponsor with the Smile for a Lifetime (S4L) Foundation, a national non-profit providing scholarships for free orthodontic treatment to under-served children.

February 1, 2014 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Check Please

by Peter Nkansah, DDS, Dip. Anaes., Specialist in Dental Anaes. (Ont.)

Through 2013, I was fortunate enough to be a student in a year-long mini-residency in implant dentistry instructed by Dr. Jim Lai and Dr. Joe Fava through the University of Toronto. It was a wonderful course that I recommend wholeheartedly

February 1, 2014 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Treatment and Billing Practices Among Dentists Providing Dental Care for Children in Publicly Funded Programs

by Kenneth G. Rawson, DMD; Marcia M. Ditmyer, PhD; Raymond D. Rawson, DDS, MA

ABSTRACTObjective: The purpose of this paper was to review treatment and billing practices by Nevada dentists participating in Public Funded Programs (i.e., Medicaid, CHIP), which can lead to higher costs and unnecessary treatment of children needing dental care. Methods: Seventy-five thousand

February 1, 2014 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

The Mystery of Meal Time Swellings Revealed

by FM Jadu, EWN Lam

Patients often present with complaints that are not directly related to structures in the oral cavity, but rather to those around it. The salivary glands are examples of peri-oral structures that are sometimes at the root of a dental patient’s

February 1, 2014 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Trends in Paediatric General Anesthesia in Canada

by Andrew C. Adams, BHSc, DDS

In October 2013, the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) released a very thorough and comprehensive report entitled: Treatment of Preventable Dental Cavities in Preschoolers: A focus on day surgery under general anaesthesia. The report states that every year in

February 1, 2014 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Diagnostic Challenge

by Oral Health

CASE A post-orthodontic panoramic radio­graph was acquired on a 27-year-old female patient. On this panoramic radiograph, an altered bone pattern with a mixed radiolucent/radiopaque density was noted in the periapical region of the right mandibular premolar and molar teeth. A

February 1, 2014 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Welcome to the Pacific Dental Conference

by Pacific Dental Conference

 The 2014 Pacific Dental Conference will once again be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building. We’re excited to see the consistent growth of the conference over the past years with a new record of 12,200 participants in attendance

Academy of Craniofacial Aesthetics in India
July 19, 2013 News AnesthesiologyDental TechnologyDentistryEndodonticsGeneral PracticeImplantologyOral HealthOrthodontics

Inaugural Conference of the Academy of Craniofacial Asthestics in India on Occlusion, TMD & Full Mouth Rehabilitation at the Taj Exotica, Goa from September 13th – 15th, 2013.

by Academy of Cranio Facial Aesthetics in India

We are extremely happy to announce that we have organized a Conference on behalf of the Academy of Craniofacial Aesthetics in India at Taj Exotica, Goa from 13 – 15 September 2013. This is the1st ever Conference by the Academy

February 1, 2013 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Welcome to the Pacific Dental Conference

by Oral Health

The Pacific Dental Conference is one of the largest dental conferences in North America offering a varied and contemporary selection of continuing education programs. With over 150 open sessions and hands-on courses covering topics relating to clinical excellence, practice excellence

Dr. Nkansah is a specialist in Dental Anaesthesia with a private practice in Toronto. He is a member of the editorial board of Oral Health and is an educator with the University of Toronto, Western University and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
February 1, 2013 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

King Pyrrhus and Dental Anaesthesia

by Peter Nkansah, DDS, Dip. Anaes., Specialist in Dental Anaes. (Ont.)

In 280 BC and 279 BC, King Pyrrhus led his army to victories against the Romans in two separate battles during the Pyrrhic War. Although his armies were victorious, they were also decimated in number and were eventually overrun. Their

February 1, 2013 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

To Have or Not to Have: Dentures versus Prosthodontic Services

by Gerald Schneiderman, MD,FRCP(C)

Prosthodontic services have been rapidly growing in dental offices. I have had a long history of gum disease which led to restorative dentistry, and after progressive deterioration, I had to confront the issue of whether I was going to have

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February 1, 2013 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Nitrous Oxide and Postoperative Morbidity and Mortality: A Concise Literature Review of the ENIGMA Trials and New Evidence

by Michelle Wong, DDS

Nitrous oxide is a principal agent in the practice of conscious sedation and general anaesthesia. There has been a growing trend among anaesthesiologists to decrease the use of nitrous oxide because of concerns about cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. While the

February 1, 2013 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Airway Assessment and Management in Conscious Sedation Cases

by Andrew C. Adams, DDS

During conscious sedation, the primary goal of any anaesthesia provider is to protect the airway. In dentistry this is a double-edged sword, since we work in the mouth. It affords us the ability to constantly monitor the airway, but it

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February 1, 2013 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

A History of Patient Comfort (Part III): Comfortably Numb

by Peter Nkansah, M.Sc., DDS, Dip. Anaes., FADSA, Specialist in Dental Anaes. (ON)

One of the facets of dentistry that makes it unique in the field of healthcare is the ability to anaesthetize whatever tissues we are working on. This was not always reliably true, which in addition to the fact that our

February 1, 2013 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Flumazenil: Be Careful How You Administer It

by Jonathan Campbell, DDS

The need for sedation in dentistry is evident. According to Chanpong et al., in 2003 of Canadians, about 10% of the general population were somewhat afraid of dentistry, 5% had a high fear level, and many appointments were avoided or

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February 1, 2013 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Non-Injectable Local Anaesthesia in Dentistry: A Review and Case Study

by David Isen, BSc, DDS

Dental practitioners depend on the evolution of their field to provide patients with the highest quality, most advanced and comfortable dental care. Halsted first gave an inferior alveolar nerve block using cocaine and boiling water in 1884 and cocaine was