Civitas Akademika-ku

Tahun ajaran baru, mahasiswa baru, kampus penuh dengan orientasi dan sosialisasi di seluruh penjuru fakultas.
Belum juga 2 pekan mahasiswa baru menikmati siraman pendidikan di kampus, black september kembali diletuskan oleh pihak fakultas teknik dan fakultas sosial dan politik :(
Duh, belum juga berakhir pergolakan negara, mengapa harus dikeruhkan lagi dengan perkelahian antar mahasiswa yang seharusnya membela rakyat???

Enggak Ngerti

Nggak ngerti, kenapa gw jadi males banget ngisi blog, padahal tiap hari juga ngecek imel n ngecek blog.
Nggak ngerti, kenapa akhir-akhir ini perasaan gw jadi sangat-sangat netral. Nggak ada perasaan apa-apa kepada semua orang. Aneh deh :(
Nggak ngerti, kenapa gw sangat menikmati kesendirian gw akhir-akhir ini.
Nggak ngerti, kok gw saking isengnya malah berfoto di sini :p~
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ps:
butuh banget pasien tambal gigi untuk menyelesaikan kasus di kepaniteraan gw di Konservasi Gigi :( Bagi yang berminat, harap hubungi gw ya? :D

LADOKGI-AL

Image hosted by Photobucket.comApa ini? Yang di sebelah ini adalah ID-tag gw selama seminggu ini, sejak hari Senin kemaren, karena gw pindah tugas dari Poliklinik FKG UNHAS di jalan Kandea, ke LADOKGI-AL. Apa itu LADOKGI-AL? LembagA KeDOKteran GIgi, Angkatan Laut. Lha kok Angkatan Laut? TNI-AL itu? Hehehe iyah bener!!
Beberapa bulan terakhir ini dunia gw, Fakultas Kedokteran Gigi Universitas Hasanuddin, sedang mengadakan kerjasama dengan Lembaga Kedokteran Gigi TNI-AL Yos Sudarso Makassar. Gimana kerjasamanya? Yaitu dengan mengakomodasi mahasiswa-mahasiswa kepaniteraan FKG UH yang dikirim ke LADOKGI-AL dalam rangka perluasan.
Senengnya, nggak stuck di klinik seperti biasa. Suasana baru gitu loh :p
Tapi, nggak semua bagian yang ikutan kerjasama ini. Cuma ada bagian Konservasi (yg gw lagi masuk sekarang), bagian Prostodonsi, dan bagian Pedodontik.
Pssst…, dokter-dokter cowok AL banyak yang cakep-cakep euy :D jadi semangat kerja pasiennya hahahaha…

Dental Device Cuts Pain, Lengthens Injection Time

source: Pediatric Dentistry 2002;24:315-320.
A computerized injection device can lessen the pain children endure at the dentist`s office, but it takes longer to administer than the traditional anesthetic jab, which may mean kids who receive it will spend more time squirming in the dentist`s chair.

“We found that it actually helps reduce the discomfort during the initial injection (of anesthesia),” study lead author Dr. Keith D. Allen, a professor of pediatrics and psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, told Reuters Health.

The computerized device, called the Wand and made by Milestone Scientific, Inc., injects the numbing solution into the gums at the slowest possible rate. The device is available to dentists, but little research has been conducted on whether it is useful for reducing pain among young children.

To investigate, Allen and his colleagues conducted a study comparing the Wand to a traditional anesthetic injection. Milestone Scientific helped fund the research, which is published in the August issue of the journal Pediatric Dentistry.

Forty children requiring local anesthesia for dental procedures were randomly assigned to receive Wand injections or traditional injections. The children ranged in age from 2 to 5.

The investigators measured signals of pain such as moaning, crying and moving.

Children given the Wand injection cried less and were less disruptive, the researchers found. For example, none of the children using the Wand required some kind of restraint during the first 15 seconds of the shot, while nearly half the children receiving a traditional shot did.

But Allen noted that the Wand injection takes an average of 3 minutes to administer. A traditional shot may hurt more, but takes only around 15 seconds.

“With preschoolers, because the Wand takes so much longer, by the time you`re done, those kids are becoming a little fidgety,” he said. “It`s faster to get a shot–but it hurts more. It takes a little longer to do a Wand injection, but you end up with a kid who is less disruptive and in less pain.”

However, this lengthy injection time may outweigh the benefits of reduced pain, noted Dr. Joel Weaver, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association and the director of anesthesiology at Ohio State University`s College of Dentistry. “This Wand can be beneficial in some children, but the advantages seemed to go away as the injection continued for a long period of time,” he told Reuters Health.

For example, at 45 seconds into the injections, 80% of patients receiving injections from both the Wand and the regular injection became disruptive.

However, Allen contended that reducing the extreme pain of the traditional shot and adding a period of only modest discomfort may help prevent children from developing a fear of the dentist. “You try to avoid experiences that are really discomforting for kids,” he said, “because you want them to associate going to the dentist with good things.”