Category Archives: Dental

Dental Report: April 22, 2017

Dentists: Dr. Ivan Celis, Dr. Anu Raja  

Managers: Isabella Buhain

Volunteers: Najeeb Frangool, Jona Capino, Allende Esquivel
  
Procedures: COE (4X), LOE (1X), COMP (2X), AMA (1X), SEAL (4X), EXT (3X), AMA Polish (1X), BWXR (1X), PA (1X)

Clinic Notes

Today clinic was very successful. We were ale to see 9 patients thanks to Dr. Ivan Celis and Dr. Anu Raja. We arrived to clinic at approximately 9:30am with only 6 patients on our waitlist initially, and 16 on our waitlist by the end of the day. We accommodated all patients that were willing to stay and have their necessary treatments executed. We were able to reorganize our supply closet in order to make it more efficient to locate necessary items. With the help of one of our volunteers, we were able to use our x-ray machine and successfully develop the films so that our doctors could better evaluate our patients. Both dental chairs need the suction vacuum to be repaired, but the portable suction unit helped us execute the necessary procedures. Dr. Ivan Celis and Dr. Anu Raja provided patient care throughout the day, which resulted in 9 successful evaluations/procedures and 3 appointments for the next clinic trip. It was a pleasure working with both doctors, and we hope to have more productive clinic trips like this one!

Thank you to the Flying Sams for providing such helpful and accessible treatment for those in need!

Isabella Buhain

Item List:

  • Bug Spray/Catchers
  • Cotton Rolls
  • X-ray developer clips
  • Tray Covers
  • Portable Suction Unit
  • X-Ray Lead Apron

Dental Report: March 25, 2017

Dentists: Dr. Leila Jindeel, Dr. Anu Raja

Managers: Kenny Jones, Isabella Buhain

Volunteers: Najeeb Frangool, Jona Capino, Nicole Reitz, Dellanira Alcuater

Procedures: EXT (2X), COE (3X), LOE (1X), COMP (3X), IRM (2X), SDF (8X), Re-cement Bridge

Clinic Notes

Today clinic ran very smoothly. Thanks to Dr. Leila Jindeel and Dr. Anu Raja, we were able to see a total of 10 patients. We originally had 15 people on the waitlist and we accommodated all patients that were willing to stay and have their necessary treatments executed; 10 patients were treated, 5 patients were no-shows. We arrived to clinic a little later than usual, but we were able to see all patients who were present and leave at the regular time. Dr. Leila Jindeel and Dr. Anu Raja provided quality patient care throughout the day, our 3 chairside volunteers worked efficiently, and our Spanish translator helped the our dentists communicate with the patients. Both chairs need to have the suction vacuum repaired; a portable suction unit was used.

Thank you to the Flying Sams for providing such helpful and accessible treatment for those in need!

Isabella Buhain

Clinic Notes

  • Cut Matrix Strips
  • Root Canal materials
  • Denture Lab
  • Spatulas
  • DI Water

Dental Report: February 25, 2017

Dentists: Dr. Ivan Celis, Dr. Leila Jindeel

Managers: Kenny Jones, Isabella Buhain

Volunteers: Najeeb Frangool, Nava Nowamooz

Procedures: GI (1X), COMP(3X), IRM (1X), AMA (1X), Bleaching (1X), RCT referral (1X), Prophy (2X), UR PA (1X)

Clinic Notes

Today was our first day working in the new clinic building. We were able to see 9 patients thanks to Dr. Ivan Celis and Dr. Leila Jindeel. We arrived to clinic an hour later than anticipated, which resulted in a late start to the clinic that day. We originally had 14 people on our waitlist, and we accommodated all patients that were willing to stay and have their necessary treatments executed; we treated 9 patients, 2 patients were no-shows, and 2 patients were unable to be seen due to time restrictions. The new clinic building was functional, and we were able to run it efficiently after locating necessary materials and completing the clinic set up. Both dental chairs need the suction vacuum to be repaired. Dr. Ivan Celis and Dr. Leila Jindeel provided patient care throughout the day, which resulted in 9 successful evaluations/procedures. It was a pleasure working with both doctors and we look forward to working with them on many more trips.

Thank you to the Flying Sams for providing such helpful and accessible treatment for those in need!

Isabella Buhain

Item List

  • Barrier Sleeves
  • Tray Covers
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Glass Ionomer
  • Gloves (S,M,L)
  • IRM powder and liquid

Dental Report: January 28, 2017

Dentists: Dr. Ivan Celis

Managers: Kenny Jones, Isabella Buhain

Volunteers: Kenny Jones, Bella Buhain, Andrew Mikhail

Procedures: COE (4x), COMP (2x), Fluoride Varnish (2x),

Clinic Notes

Clinic went very well today, unfortunately we couldn’t see high volumes of patients due to only having one dentist and no running water, but we still had important cleanings and exams done in order to prevent further complications. We were able to transport all materials to the new clinic and create an updated inventory list of what is being kept there.

We originally had 12 people on the waitlist and by the end of the day we had 4 patients leave due to wait time.

We accommodated all patients that were willing to stay and have their necessary treatments executed. We originally had 12 people on the waitlist; unfortunately 4 patients signed up and did not show up to receive the necessary treatment or were no longer waiting once we checked in on triage.

Dr. Celis provided patient care throughout the day, which, resulted in 5 successful evaluations/procedures. It was a pleasure having Dr.Celis with us on the clinic trip and we look forward to many more trips to come. A family of 6 was referred to the Norcal and the next Flying Sams trip.

Thank you to the Flying Sams for providing such helpful and accessible treatment for those in need!

Isabella Buhain

Dental Report: October 22, 2016

Dentists: Dr. Iman Attar
Managers: Kenny Jones, Isabella Buhain
Volunteers: Angeli Poyaoan, Jazmin Jones, Fayrouz Alkhouri, Maan Frangool
Procedures:  COE (5x), COMP (3x), Fluoride Varnish (2x), SXR (3x)

Clinic Notes

Clinic went very well today, though we couldn’t see high volumes of patients due to only having one dentist and no running water, we still had important cleanings and exams done in order to prevent further complications. We were able to transport a lot of materials to the new clinic and create an updated inventory list of what is being kept there.

We originally had 12 people on the waitlist and by the end of the day we had 4 patients leave due to wait time.
We accommodated all patients that were willing to stay and have their necessary treatments executed. We originally had 12 people on the waitlist; unfortunately 4 patients signed up and did not show up to receive the necessary treatment or were no longer waiting once we checked in on triage.
Dr. Iman provided patient care throughout the day, which, resulted in 5 successful evaluations/procedures. It was a pleasure having Dr.Iman with us on the clinic trip and we look forward to many more trips to come. A family of 6 was referred to the Norcal and the next Flying Sams trip.
Thank you to the Flying Sams for providing such helpful and accessible treatment for those in need!

Isabella Buhain

Items Needed

  • Portable Suction Unit
  • Large Gloves
  • New or working slow speeds
  • Prophy Cups
  • Straight Nose Handpiece

Dental Report: August 27, 2016

Dentists: Dr. Ahmed Nagy, Dr. Iman Attar
Managers: Kenny Jones, Allende Esquivel (CM), Enrique Corona (FM)
Volunteers: Jessica Yi, Madonna Kondes,
X-ray Tech: Fayrouz Alkhouri

Procedures:  COE (3x), BW (x), PA (x), Comp (x), Ext (1x), Fluoride Varnish (x), OHI (2x)

Clinic Notes

Clinic went very well today, though we didn’t have high volumes of patients we still had important cleanings and exams in order to prevent further complications.

We originally had a family of 5 on the waitlist and by the end of the day we had 10 patients signed up for dental.

We accommodated all patients that were willing to stay and have their necessary treatments executed. However, 4 patients signed up and did not show up to receive the necessary treatment or were no longer waiting once we checked in on triage.

Dr. Ahmed and Dr. Iman continuously swapped out providing patient care throughout the day, which, resulted in 6 successful evaluations/procedures. It was a pleasure having both doctors with us on the clinic trip and we look forward to many more trips to come. One patient came in to check if they could get a night guard and another patient was set to have a root canal at a later date.

Thank you to the Flying Sams for providing such helpful and accessible treatment for those in need!

Kenny Jones

Item List

  • Algernate Mat
  • Anesthetic
  • Garrison Clamps
  • Line Solution
  • Alcohol Dispenser
  • Tip Covers
  • Medium Sterilization Bags
  • Bibs
  • “2L” Bottles
  • Air/Water Tips
  • Space Retainers
  • Formocresol or fernic sulfate
  • S/M/L Gloves

 

Dental Report: June 21, 2014

Dentists: Dr. Megan Burns
Managers:  Alberto Jorge Espindola, Sonia Ventura
Volunteers: Julia Freidenberg, Patrick Anghel, Aries Lu, Andrew Mikhail, Valeria Lopez-Ramirez
X-ray Tech: Mathew Baldwin
Patients:
Procedures: COE (x), BW (x), PA (x), Comp (x), Ext (x), Fluoride Varnish (x8), OHI (x)

Looking back at my first trip with Flying Sams and PDS, I am so impressed and honored to be a part of such a dedicated group. I was not sure what to expect at clinic in regards to materials, patients, or even doctors. I am genuinely touched by the tremendous efforts of anyone involved in the building of this clinic. The location was somewhere near Ensenada and was a little over 2 hours driving from the border. The building housed 5 rooms each dedicated to a specific field (pharmacy, medical, consultation, x-ray sterilization, and dental). It was busy in the waiting room by the time we got there, yet somehow the chaos was kept at bay with translators and various stations available for the patients to rotate through.

The day was long. It took roughly double to triple the time it normally would to examine and treat a patient. The prolonged time was due to wait time on x-ray film development and some sterilization hiccups. For instance, we are restricted to a manual autoclave. We had to clean our one periosteal which does not lend itself well to back to back extraction cases!

However, to expedite the procedures we would take x-rays on multiple kids (getting them in and out of the chair fairly quick) while waiting for them to develop.   We would also anesthetize one, then seat a different child in the chair, take x-rays, finish the previous child’s treatment etc.

Dr. Megan BurnsThis leads me to our next overview—all of the patients seen on Saturday were kids! We were SO EXTREMELY lucky to have Dr. Megan Burns as our pediatric dentist. I cannot emphasize enough how grateful we are for her services. Her infectious personality inspired all of us to keep working hard and diligently. She had quite the positive impact on the children as well with fun metaphors and calming techniques. Dr. Megan was extremely attentive and we learned one can observe a lot about a patient (specifically children) just by body language.

The whole day overall was pretty fluid.   We would set up trays and break down the chair with hustle! I was really proud of chairside assistants and x-ray technicians. Everyone knew their duty, instruments and procedures in a knowledgeable way. Everyone was exposed to both amalgam and composite fillings on children as well as extractions. The families and kids were so gracious for the care provided, giving us hugs and kisses—it was so sweet.

The only drawback was that absolutely no one spoke English! So all of us who aren’t proficient in Spanish did our best to find creative ways to interact with the kids (broken Spanglish included). We also had to end the day “early.” Our last two patients got x-rays taken with the hopes of treating them next visit.   Something with the pump or vacuum malfunctioned at the very end so no water or suction was available. Fortunately, neither of them were experiencing unbearable pain so they can wait for treatment until next time.

After clean-up we explored a fish market and ate the best authentic Mexican food I’ve ever had in my life. The whole trip was a worldly experience I would like to repeat as many times as I am able to! To put it simply: How was it? Answer: Simply amazing.

I would encourage any and all to come and help out. It is one of the most fulfilling days I’ve had at a clinic, truly. Thank you to Flying Sams for creating such a helpful and accessible treatment facility for those in need.

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Julia Freidenberg

Needed Items

  • Pediatric Rubber Dam & Frame
  • Intermediate Bite Block
  • Molt
  • Curing Light Barriers
  • Small Wedges
  • Extra Short Needles
  • Sectional Matrix Bands (Kidney Bean)
  • Longer Trashcan

Dental Report: May 24, 2014

Dentists: Dr. Ivan Celis, Dr. Guadalupe Marquez
Managers: Selena Lopez (patient flow), Sonia Ventura (tray set-ups)
Volunteers: Cao Diem, Andrew Mikhail, Sam (Tengfei) Su, Kristen Young, Mari (Dr. Marquez’s assistant)
X-ray Tech: Cao Diem
Patients: 19
Procedures: COE (x8), BW (x2), Comp (x3), Ext (x), Fluoride Varnish (x7), Amal (x4)

IMG_2497On May 24th, 2014 we attended a one-day clinic trip in Ensenada, Mexico. We arrived at 9:30 AM and departed at 4:30 PM. There were two dentists, two managers, and five dental assistants. Since medical did not come down with us, one of the medical rooms was used for fluoride varnish and OHI. In total we saw thirteen patients and we applied varnish to eight patients. Most patients in the waiting room were seen except for four children that will most likely be coming back to the June 21st clinic. When I did a preliminary check up on the four children, they all had holes and decay on most of their molars on the top and the bottom, but there was not enough time to treat them. Overall, the clinic ran smoothly, but there needs to be improvement in terms of efficiency with the x-ray tech and the chairside assistant in order for the dentists to see more patients during the limited time in clinic.

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Andrew Attaalla Mikhail

Dental Report: April 5, 2014

BU’s Global Days of Service Partnership

Dentists: Dr. Anu Rajasekaran, Dr. Komail Abbas
Managers: Alberto Espindola (CM), Sonia Ventura (FM)
Volunteers: Justin Montenegro, Adriee Wong, Mona Lisa Jabari, Ahn La
X-ray Tech: Alberto Espindola/Adriee Wong/Justin Montenegro
Patients: 19
Procedures: COE (x14), BW (x10), PA (x3), Comp (x3), Ext (x5), Pulpotomy (x1), SRP (x2), Fluoride Varnish (x10), OHI (x)

Clinic Notes

BU Global Days of Service
BU Global Days of Service

 Today was a special clinic day because we partnered with two alumni from Boston University’s dental school as part of their Global Days of Service. It was part of a month long event where members of the BU community come together to give back to their communities.

When we first arrived to clinic, there were 9 on the wait list, three of which were kids. However, by the end of the day, 20 had signed up for dental.

We did our best to see all the patients but were hindered by our manual X-ray machine and developer, as well by the fact that everyone had to leave the room when X-rays were taken. I understand Selena’s plea for a lead wall and the benefits it will bring by allowing us to see more patients at once! We were also limited by our slow automatic autoclave because all our hand pieces were sterilizing at once. Fortunately, the technician fixed our dental unit during the week so we were able to do procedures.

Dr. Raja mainly worked on screenings and cleanings while Dr. Abbas worked on the kids. We were lucky to have a pedodontist on board because he was able to see the more “complicated” procedures with the kids. He did three extractions, and for one of the younger patients, it was a horrifying experience. I heard the loudest scream in my life. The girl screamed with all her heart during the extraction procedure. She wasn’t in pain, but just the psychological thought of the injection and extraction terrified her. When she thought the procedure was over, she automatically stopped crying. Unfortunately, the X-rays clearly showed the necessity for the extraction and it just had to be done. Dr. Abbas pulled through despite the screams and movements of escape. It was a sight. She needs a pulpotomy so we hope that she can be seen by another pedodontist in two weeks, otherwise, another extraction will be needed. We were truly lucky to have a specialist to deal with the situation and I’m glad we had Dr. Abbas.

It was a pleasure to have Dr.Raja with us again and have her work on procedures other than cleanings and prophies. However, I was able to see the difference a good cleaning did for our patients! In our clinic, any sort of treatment makes a difference!

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Needed Items

Glass ionizer cement (powder/liquid)
Crown crimper for stainless steel crowns
Howe pliers
Space maintainers
Formocresol for pulpotomy (Buckley’s)
Hemostat

Stainless Steel Crowns 3M Unitek
Sectional and Pedo matrices
Pediatric and adult clamps
Coupler for automatic scaler
Treasure chest for EXT
Developer/fixer
Paper towels
Paper tray covers (size B)
Composite, not amalgam instruments
Autoclave bags

Sonia Ventura