Dental Hospital/Private Practice Project (Urban)

Dental Hospital/Private Practice Project (Urban)

City based Dental Hospital/Private Practice Project

In a city based dental elective placement, you will be working under the direct supervision of a team of dentists who are associated with our partner dental hospital in the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Duration:

7days to 6 weeks projects

What to expect in the placement?

Our dentistry placements in Nepal are based at a busy dental hospital and local dentist practices in and around Kathmandu and Pokhara cities.

The local practices are very similar to those you probably visit at home but the main difference will be the level of sophistication of the tools they use. Like your dental practice at home, the clinics are usually divided into general dentistry (check-ups, fillings, extractions etc) and orthodontics (crowns, bridges, etc) and you will have the opportunity to gain experience in both areas.

Often, the supervisors of our rural dental projects also teach at the local dental school so during placement time, Pre-university students will also be given the opportunity to accompany him/her to lectures during the day along with the elective students.

Activities under Dental Outreach electives placement:

AGP – Dental Outreach provides volunteers with the opportunity to shadow dental professionals and assist them in procedures such as extractions, cleanings, fillings, radiography, and sealants. In the clinics, volunteers will perform basic triage, assist the dentists, and manage the pharmacy, as well as teach oral hygiene classes in elementary schools in a school visit at the end of the placement. All volunteer work is under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

Shadowing a Dentist

Volunteers sit right next to the dentist and assist as he or she diagnoses conditions, performs procedures and discusses follow-up treatment. Volunteers will have countless opportunities to ask questions and learn as much as they would like.

Patient History & Measure Vital Statistics

Volunteers meet patients as they come into clinic, take their personal and dental history and record their current appointment specifics. They learn how to take blood pressure readings and analyze blood sugar levels. Volunteers will learn these skills and then apply them under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse.

Sterilization and Tray Preparation

Volunteers learn and apply the proper techniques for sterilizing different instruments post-procedure. Volunteers also learn about the instruments used for each procedure, and prepare the instrument trays for the dentists.

Education Day

Towards the end of the hospital placement, the hospital team along with the volunteering elective will travel to a local school and teach children the importance of hygiene, dental health, hand washing, nutrition or another subject the team decides to teach. Ideally teams will bring something to distribute to the children such as toothbrushes and fluoride tooth pastes.

In the hospitals you will have the opportunity to work with more varied cases. Just like the smaller clinics, you will routinely be involved with dental cavities, filling decayed teeth with dental amalgam, etc, but you can also have the opportunity to experience oral and maxillofacial surgery under a watchful eye  of your supervisor. This includes:

The care of emergency patients with maxillofacial injuries

Paediatric dentistry

Straightening teeth and modification of midface and mandibular growths

Restorative dentistry work

Root canal therapy

Cosmetic dentistry

Surgery for impacted wisdom teeth,

The removal of cysts on the jaw, benign small tumours etc.

Salient highlights of Nepal Dental Outreach Project

  • Community owned Initiative
  • Structured Project
  • Experiential Learning
  • Supervisor: Student ratio of 4:1
  • Legacy initiating of Oral Health Education Project in the affiliated school at the outreach village
  • Cultural Immersion
  • 800-1200 registered patients
  • Free Dental Care (OHI including free distribution of tooth brush/fluoride   paste, fluoride gel/varnish and dental sealant, Screening, Scaling, Restoration, Extraction, Pharmacy) delivered to unserved Communities
  • Food – Fun – Adventure
  • Optional add on holiday package of trekking, paragliding and safari