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Meeting review: 2013 Pacific Dental Conference

Silhouetted against a video screen wall in the BIOLASE booth at the Pacific Dental Conference, Dr. Brad Labrecque answers questions following his presentation. (DTI/Photo Robin Goodman, DTA)
Robin Goodman, DTA

Robin Goodman, DTA

Thu. 14 March 2013


VANCOUVER, British Columbia: Overcast skies could not dampen the enthusiasm among those within the more than 570 booths at the Pacific Dental Conference Exhibit Hall. The sessions on the Exhibit Hall’s Live Dentistry Stage attracted standing-room crowds, offering a “big screen movie theatre” experience. Microphones were scattered throughout the aisles so lecturers could answer questions after each session.

Among the educational highlights, Dr. Ron Zokol presented “Guided Full Arch Implant Placement,” co-sponsored by Pacific Implant Institute and Nobel Biocare Canada; Vancouver dentist Dr. Ernst ‘Ernie’ Schmidt presented “CAD/CAM Ceramic Restoration,” co-sponsored by Patterson Dental; and Dr. Haneef Alibhai presented “Botox Demonstration,” co-sponsored by md cosmetic & laser training.

For a blast of psuedo sunshine in the form of some bright yellow button-down shirts, there was Sinclair Dental, a company that offered free tooth-whitening treatments. They were also passing out yellow roses.

Beutlich Pharmaceuticals offered HurriPak, a starter kit of periodontal anaesthetic featuring HurriCaine. It comes with two flavours of this topical anaesthesia liquid — wild cherry and Piña Colada — 12 disposable perio irrigation tips, 12 disposable irrigation syringes and two HurriCaine Leur-Lock dispensing caps.

Citagenix offered its line of bone grafting products, membranes, specialized dental instruments and more.

Cleardent’s booth design was difficult to resist. The large low table and many big-screen monitors allowed attendees the opportunity to test out software to allow an office to go paperless.

The new Cinemizer OLED by Zeiss could be found at the National Dental booth. Some 75 percent of adult patients suffer from varying degrees of anxiety at the dentist, and Cinemizer OLED multimedia video glasses can help reduce patient anxiety with 2-D or 3-D movies, TV shows or other relaxing videos.


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