LHSC provides highly specialized dental care for children and adults

Summer 2019

Most of the oral health-care needs of the public are expertly handled by community-based practitioners.

However, patients with special needs, the medically compromised and those suffering devastating injury such as facial trauma or disease such as cancer, may need comprehensive specialized oral health care that can best be delivered in the hospital setting.

The Department of Dentistry at LHSC is a full-service care, teaching and research unit accredited by the Council of Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).

Specialized dentistry is available at both University and Victoria hospitals.

UniversityHospital provides:

  • major in-patient oral and maxillofacial (jaws and face) surgery
  • support for patients of the Multi Organ Transplant Program
  • support for cardiology and cardiac surgery patients
  • support for respirology/sleep apnea patients
  • assistive devices program for the Oral and Maxillofacial Rehabilitation Unit

 

VictoriaHospital provides:

  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • support for patients with head and neck cancers at the London Regional Cancer Program

 

Children’s Hospital

  • Paediatric dentistry

 

Paediatric Dentistry

Dr. Raymond Lee, Co-Site Chief for Dentistry, has been the Staff Paediatric Dentist for the past 22 years. He is a certified paediatric specialist who provides dental care to children and to special needs patients of all ages.

The scope of treatment for Paediatric Dentistry ranges from the young healthy or medically compromised children, to special needs children and adults, including the developmentally, mentally or physically challenged. Children suffering from acute dental trauma or infection that represent a medical emergency are also seen at LHSC’s Children’s Hospital.

“Most of my paediatric patients have special needs and require totally individualized care. The privilege for me is not only in treating the dental needs of the patient but also treating the person attached to the teeth,” says Dr. Lee.

Going to the dentist is difficult for many. Patients come in with anxiety, with pain and discomfort, and may have an innate fear of going to the dentist.

“It’s about the scope of work needed and what the patient can tolerate,” says Dr. Lee. “I may be in the operating room fixing the teeth of a young healthy child with 16 cavities or a patient with cerebral palsy who has only one cavity, but they both need treatment under general anaesthesia.”

Part of his work is being on-call for paediatric dental emergencies for London and the surrounding area.

In spite of the long hours, Dr. Lee is enthusiastic about his work and his patients.

“Dentistry is part of holistic care. And good oral health is essential to overall health and quality of life. The work is so gratifying.”

Patients are referred to the appropriate clinic by a physician or a dentist.

For more information, go to Dentistry at LHSC.

 

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