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Pediatric Resident Is National Research Contest Finalist

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 3:00pm

Fehmida Dosani, DDS

Dr. Dosani

A pediatric dental resident at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston has been chosen as one of eight finalists for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s national graduate student research competition.

Fehmida Dosani, DDS, a second-year resident at UTSD, will present “Post-Discharge Events Occurring after Pediatric Sedation for Dentistry” at the AAPD’s Annual Session in Orlando on May 25, along with the other finalists in the NuSmile Graduate Student Research Award Contest.

Dosani received her DDS from the University of Toronto and completed a general practice residency The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is pursuing a master’s degree and certificate in pediatric dentistry from UTSD.

For her project, Dosani collected data on the post-discharge behavior of 50 children, ranging from 2 to10 years of age, who had been sedated during dental treatment.

“Dr. Dosani’s research is directly applicable to clinical practice because it outlines the common side effects that sedated children experience after leaving the dental office,” said her thesis advisor, Catherine Flaitz, DDS, MS, distinguished teaching professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences.

Among the study’s findings, children who were sedated with the drug midazolam were more likely to exhibit motor imbalance and restlessness. Also, the study found it was not uncommon for sleepiness and other sedation side effects to last longer than four hours after discharge. 

The findings underscore the importance of two adults accompanying a child to a sedation appointment, Flaitz said, since the adult behind the wheel cannot properly the monitor the child for signs of serious complications.

The contest is open to current or recent pediatric dentistry students and residents. Finalists receive a $500 award and registration and travel expenses to the AAPD meeting. Each finalist must submit a manuscript and deliver a 15-minute oral presentation at the conference. The one with the best overall research project will receive the Ralph E. McDonald Award and an additional $1,000 prize.