Recently Dr Ben Davis was featured in a series shining a spotlight on the personalities and priorities of Dalhousie University’s senior leadership team.

The article, by Cheryl Bell, discloses why he chose dentistry, his transition to a specialist and his move to Dalhousie.  It also expands on his priorities: diversity, research, and outreach.


With highlights, such as:

On balancing being a dean with being a practising surgeon …

“I think it’s important to be an actively involved clinician when you’re a health dean. You need to know what your students are going through. I think it makes me a more compassionate and empathetic dean.”

On serving on university committees …

“I’ve found it’s one of the pleasures of my new role to sit on committees with my counterparts from other faculties and benefit from their advice and experience. You’re almost mentored by the other deans and the senior leadership team.”

On being a leader …

“I think you have to be fair, transparent, and willing to listen to different opinions, but ultimately you have to lead.”


Be sure to read the full article here.


(Danny Abriel photos)

Oral Sedation and Nitrous Oxide Sedation for the Dentist

Upcoming Course on April 27th & 28th, 2019. Save your seat now, registration closes March 15th!


This two-day course offers both didactic and clinical hands-on instruction in all aspects of nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation in general practice. It also covers oral sedation as a single agent and in combination with nitrous oxide/oxygen. Participants will learn about and have the opportunity to try, several types of systems. Participants will be required to read material (which will be distributed) in advance of the course.

Find your registration form here or call CDE at (902) 494-1674 to register.


Topics include:

  • Hands-on administration of nitrous oxide using various techniques and equipment
  • Clinical pharmacology, including nitrous oxide and oxygen, patient assessment, and risk management
  • Clinical pharmacology of oral sedative agents, including mechanism of action, drug interactions, contraindications and reversal agents
  • Indications and contraindications for the use of nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and combined nitrous oxide sedation and oral agents
  • Nitrous oxide equipment and various techniques for nitrous oxide sedation
  • Nitrous oxide contamination and scavenging
  • Monitoring – keeping patients safe, emergency kit, tips and tricks, drug interactions


  • 14 lecture hours
  • 6 hands-on hours

Course Instructors:

  • DR. SHANNON FITZPATRICK, BSc, DDS, Cert. Paed. FRCD(C), ABPD Diplomate

Dr. Curtis Gregoire is an assistant professor at Dalhousie University, where he is actively involved in both undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery training at Dalhousie University in 2008 and a fellowship in head and neck oncology and pathology at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, OR in 2009. He is currently the program director for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Chris Lee completed an MSc in pharmacology at the University of Ottawa before attending dental school at Dalhousie University. He completed a general practice residency program at Vancouver General Hospital and he practised in Ottawa before returning to Nova Scotia to design and implement a GPR program at the Faculty of Dentistry and run the emergency dental clinic. He is a consultant to the National Dental Examining Board of Canada.

Dr. Shannon Fitzpatrick completed her dental degree at Dalhousie University in 2000, practised in Ottawa for three years as a general dentist, and then moved to Prince Edward Island to work in Health PEI’s Dental Public Health Children’s program. She completed a two-year residency in paediatric dentistry at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health in Rochester, NY, in June 2017. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Since 2017, she has been employed as one of five staff paediatric dentists in the Dental Department at the IWK Health Centre and she also teaches in the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University.


Dalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry
5981 University Avenue, Halifax, NS


Saturday, April 27th – 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 28th – 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Additional Details:

Participants must take the medical emergencies course as a prerequisite to this course and hold a current Heart and Stroke BLS certification for health care professionals. This course fulfils the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia guidelines for the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen conscious sedation, oral sedation and combined oral and nitrous sedation/oxygen.

Cancellation policy: There are no refunds for cancellation after April 5, 2019.

For Dalhousie’s Continuing Dental Education page, here.

Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist

Thursday, April 25, 2019 – Sunday, April 28, 2019! Save your seat.


This four-day course will provide the dental hygienist with both didactic and clinical “hands-on” training in the administration of local anesthesia. The didactic lectures will cover the following topics:

  • Neurophysiology of pain
  • Mechanism of nerve blockade
  • Assessing patient for local anesthesia
  • Pharmacology of local anesthetics
  • Pharmacology of vasoconstrictors
  • Calculating doses administered
  • Armamentarium
  • Local and systemic complications of local anesthesia and their management
  • Basic maxillary local anesthesia techniques
  • Basic mandibular local anesthesia techniques
  • Local anesthesia failures and their management
  • Advanced local anesthesia techniques


One month prior to the course, the lecture material and a “self-assessment” quiz will be distributed electronically to all participants to allow for self-directed learning.

Find your registration form here or call CDE at (902) 494-1674 to register.


Upon completion of this course the participant should have an appreciation of the necessary basic

  • In medicine, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology for the successful administration of local anesthesia for the dental hygiene patient, and
  • The clinical “hands-on” training will allow the participant to learn the basic maxillary and mandibular local anesthesia technique by performing these techniques on fellow course participants under the supervision of members of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Course Instructors:


Thursday, April 25th – 4:30 to 8:00 pm
Friday, April 26th – 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, April 27th – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 28th – 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Additional Details:

A light supper will be served on Thursday, April 25th.
A continental breakfast and lunch will be served on Friday, April 26th; Saturday, April 27th; and Sunday, April 28th.

For additional information, such as CE Credit hours and registration fees, please click here.

For Dalhousie’s Continuing Dental Education page, here.

Small Field of View Cone Beam Computed Tomography for Dentistry: Applications and Interpretation

Upcoming Course March 8, 9 & the 29th!  Registration is limited, reserve your seat now.


This three-day hands-on course offers both didactic and clinical hands-on instruction. The third day, March 29th, involves an introduction to a CBCT unit and a 3-hour examination. This certification course will meet the PDBNS CBCT requirements. Participants will be required to read some course material in advance of the course, and it will be distributed about one week prior to the start of the course through Dal’s LMS – Brightspace.

Find your registration form here or call CDE at (902) 494-1674 to register.


At the end of this course, participants will know more about:

  • Radiation biology and physics
  • Radiographic anatomy
  • Indications for the use of CBCT
  • Radiographic approaches to different conditions
  • Interpretation and case reporting
  • Patient positioning
  • Image prescription

Course Instructor:

Dr. Gregoire obtained his Dental Degree from the University of Western Ontario and completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency and Medical School at Dalhousie University. After residency, he completed a Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology and Pathology in Portland Oregon before returning to Halifax. He practices full scope OMFS and specializes in Head and Neck Pathology, management of craniofacial deformities, trauma and dentoalveolar surgery including implant rehabilitation. Dr. Gregoire is an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. He is the Head of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program. He lectures in numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in both Dentistry and Medicine.


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. March 8 and 9
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. March 29


Dalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS

Additional Details:

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

For additional information, such as CE Credit hours and registration fees, please click here.

For Dalhousie’s Continuing Dental Education page, here.



Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Update Course -May 12, 2018

Upcoming Course May 12! Seats are limited, reserve yours now.


By the end of this course, participants will have a better understanding of current oral and maxillofacial surgery concepts and be able to apply these concepts in the planning and management of their patients.


This course will cover updates within the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Topics include:

  • Local anaesthesia
  • Oral anticoagulants
  • Oral biphosphonates
  • Systemic corticosteroids
  • Oral pathology
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Cone beam computed tomography
  • 3D implant planning

Course Instructors include:


James Brady, Ben Davis, Jean-Charles Doucet, Curtis Gregoire and Chad Robertson are fellowship-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons who are faculty members in the division of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Dalhousie University. They are also active staff members at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and IWK Health Centre, where they provide a wide scope of practice, including dentoalveolar, implants, trauma, orthognathic, pathology, TMJ and cleft/craniofacial surgery.

For additional information, such as CE Credit hours and registration fees, please click here.

For Dalhousie’s Continuing Dental Education page, here.


Building a future for dental surgery students

Something to Smile About

We are very proud to be recognized by Dalhousie University in their ‘Stories of Giving’ section.

As the article highlights,

“We want to create an environment that will maximize our students’ learning,” says Dr. Goodday. “The university supports us in our research, teaching and practice. We are all here thanks to the Faculty of Dentistry, so we thought this was the best way to give back.”

We were inspired by Dr. Precious’ example to continue with building up the future for dental surgery students. As stated in the story,

“…their [our] former professor inspired them not only in the classroom. “Dr. Precious instilled in our group a commitment to giving back,” says Dr. Goodday. In addition to their generous philanthropic efforts, Dr. Goodday and his colleagues volunteer their time at home and abroad. Five of the OMFS faculty members are examiners for The Royal College of Dentists of Canada and several contribute to the National Dental Examining Board of Canada on a regular basis.”

See here, for the full article.

Congratulations to Dr. Goodday

Everyone here at University OMF would like to congratulate Dr. Goodday on receiving the Daniel M. Laskin Award. This is a very prestigious award in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

From the citation for the award:

On behalf of the OMF Foundation Board of Directors, I am pleased to inform you that Objective and Surjective Outcomes Following Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery for Treatment of Patients with Extreme Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea by Reginald H. Goodday, Susan E. Bourque and Pember B. Edwards, published in Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vol 74, Issue 3, p583-589, was selected as the recipient of the 2017 OMS Foundation Daniel M. Laskin Award for the most outstanding article published in JOMS.


Congratulats again to Dr. Goodday from the whole team here at University OMF.

Toronto Maple Leafs Training Camp

Dr. James Brady was pleased to act as the volunteer OMF Surgeon for the Toronto Maple Leafs Training Camp held in Halifax from September 22-26, 2016.


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Spring Hockey 2016 Atlantic Cup

Dr. Curtis Gregoire traded in his scrubs for skates this year as a volunteer Coach for the Western Hurricanes AAA Novice hockey team. It was a great way to spend time with his 8 year old son. The Hurricanes became the Spring Hockey 2016 Atlantic Cup Champions this year. The tournament was held in Moncton, New Brunswick. There is more than one way to create a great smile!

Tour de Mont Blanc

Ben Davis completed the Tour de Mont Blanc in July 2016.  This gruelling single day event involves 330 km of cycling with 8000 meters of climbing in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.