A classical presentation by an icon of pediatric dentistry and of special interest to those who are interested in the current excellent level of pediatric dentistry in Hong Kong. Asian guidelines are sometimes different from US guidelines.
Infants and young children with gross oral diseases (including nursing caries and traumatic injuries to the teeth and oralfacial tissues) present difficult problems for the child, the parent and dentist alike. Similarly, patients who are dental phobias and are in severe pain that cannot be easily controlled by local anesthetic alone will need special attention. Patients who suffer from major trauma and who require extensive surgical and root canal treatment will also need special behavior management techniques in order that the treatment may be carried out successfully. In addition, persons with minor physical handicaps, mental disabilities and severe dental phobias will require special behavior management techniques. The use of oral premedication agents, trans-cutaneous injection of a variety of medications as well as inhalation modalities using nitrous oxide will be discussed along with treatment under general anesthesia in the Hospital Operating Theatre. While the severely disabled and medically compromised
patients would best be treated in the Hospital using general anesthesia, the majority of otherwise relatively healthy infants, young children and adults and minimally handicapped persons can now be treated in the properly equipped dental office under sedation.
The presentation will show many clinical cases of various procedures including pulpectomy, stainless steel crown fabrication, endodontic procedures followed by pedodontics strip crowns, and surgery procedures for the removal of supernumerary teeth with some cases lasting three hours for total mouth rehabilitation. The net income per case can be appreciable. The lecture will be supplemented with a short
video on how the procedures are carried out in our clinic.
- Review the history of pediatric dentistry in pre-1980s USA
- Review of the development of pediatric dentistry in Hong Kong and Asia
- Review of current monitored anesthetic care if pediatric patients in Hong Kong
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Of interest to Dentists, Students & Residents, Auxiliaries and Office Staff and especially to those who have interests in the history of pediatric dentistry in the USA and especially Hong Kong and Asia.
Stephen H. Wei, DDS is Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Hong Kong and Former Dean, Faculty of Dentistry and Director of the Prince Philip Dental Hospital from 1989 to 1997. He was Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics at the University of Hong Kong in 1984 until 1998 when he retired from the University of Hong Kong. Prior to returning to Hong Kong, Professor Wei taught at the University of Iowa (1967 – 1983) where he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pedodontics. He served as Professor and Chair of Pediatric Dentistry and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Growth and Development, at the University of California San Francisco from 1983 to 1984.
Dr. Wei was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Dentistry, The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (1978 – 1982) and is currently Editor Emeritus. Professor Wei has published extensively, including over 60 chapters in books and monographs and more than 200 research and clinical papers. Stephen Wei was the President of the International Association for Dental Research (1993 – 1994) and the President of the South East Asian Association of Dental Educators (1993 – 1994).
Professor Wei is the Founding President of the Hong Kong Society of Pediatric Dentistry and served many terms in that role including as its President from 2008 to 2012. He now spends part of his time in a group private practice with several of his former dental and postgraduate students from the University of Hong Kong.
Instructor Disclosure of any conflicts of interest:
Dr. Wei states that he received no sponsorship from any company and has no personal financial interests in the products and equipment used.
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