Ambrose Chan

Dr PhD, BDS Hon, G Dip Clin Dent, MScDent, FRACDS, FICD

Honorary Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Hong Kong -- Honorary Research Affiliate, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Zeinoun -- Radiation Safety Officer, Queensland Health, Australia

Dr Chan is a general dental practitioner who has incorporated Laser technology to deliver non-invasive, non-drugs and holistic dentistry for over 35 years. His clinical competency has been recognized nationally by his conferral as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Not only have his expertise benefited his own patients, but he has made solid contributions towards the development of Dentistry itself, taking on an integral role as a Representative on Laser for the Australian Dental Association and Committee member of the “Standards Australia on Laser applications and regulations”. 

In scientific front, he was awarded MScDent from the University of Sydney, with a Master Thesis on “Laser Dentistry” resulting in a paper in one of the two top dental journals and an Editorial. He also notably won the prestige prize of “The Best Scientific Research Award”-2010 at the World Federation for Laser Dentistry Congress. Currently, he serves as an Honorary Research Affiliate within the Brain Mind Centre, University of Sydney; Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Lasers in Dental Science and Laser Therapy. Recently, he was conferred the highest university degree of PhD in Medicine, University of Sydney, expanding the boundaries of knowledge in Photobiomodulation therapy with its insight into effective photons delivery.

In addition to operating an established dental practice and research, he also teaches and lectures at both national and international levels. As the Chairperson for Asia Pacific of World Federation for Laser Dentistry, he has been essential in organizing dental Laser conferences and developing and teaching curriculum for university-based dental laser training in the Asian Pacific region. Through these involvements and in recognition of his significant contributions to Laser Dentistry in the Asian Pacific, he was conferred as a Fellow by the International College of Dentists and was appointed as the Honorary Assistant Professor, at the faculty of Dentistry, University of Hong Kong; which has been ranked first in dental research for the last three years (2016-2018) in the QS World Universities Rankings.

Lecture title: Pre-Emptive Dental Anaesthesia By Nd:Yag Photobiomodulation

Lecture abstract: Due to the invasive and often painful nature of conventional dental procedures, pre-emptive anaesthesia with injectable local anaesthesia (LA) is routinely used for pain management. Fears of pain and needle injection are associated with aversive experiences, leading to poor oral health and increasing dental avoidance. There is a growing demand for a non-drug, non-invasive and anxiety-free alternative, particularly in young patients and those medically-compromised patients who are on regular poly-medication. The clinical use of Photobiomodulation delivered by Nd:YAG photons emerges as a holistic alternative for pre-emptive dental anaesthesia, including its effectiveness, safety and possible mechanism of actions will be discussed.