WesternU’s Dr. Joan Sandell, D.M.D., was one of the co-authors of this article which was recently published in the Journal of Dental Education.

Abstract: With a diverse population of dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, there is a wide range of sizes and shapes of individuals. Ergonomic considerations have resulted in the design of many adjustable delivery systems, chairs, and pieces of equipment. Companies have marketed instruments specifically designed for people with small hands, yet little research has been done regarding the advertising claims. The objective of this study was to compare the perceptions of dental and dental hygiene students after they used a conventional syringe and a petite syringe that has been marketed as adventageous for individuals with smaller hands. The two syringes were compared for aspiration, injection and sense of control. A total of 181 students were invited to serve as subjects in the study, and ninety participated. The study involved two phases. Read the full article >>