The D.Ch.Dent in Paediatric Dentistry prepares the student both didactically and clinically to manage the child patient (0-16 years) at specialist level in a variety of settings (clinic, hospital, private practice). Clinical experience is provided under consultant supervision in the Dublin Dental University Hospital and in two Paediatric Hospitals. The volume and variety of patients includes healthy children, children with traumatic injuries, children with challenging behaviour, medically compromised children, children with dental anomalies/ syndromes etc.
Treatment is provided under local anaesthesia, relative analgesia or general anaesthesia. Interdisciplinary care is co-ordinated with the other specialty programmes. The student is required to complete one or more research projects and present at international meetings. Publication of clinical and research work is encouraged. The course has been developed with the intention of fulfilling the criteria for specialist recognition identified by the Dental Council of Ireland.
The course leads to the award of Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent).