I’m dedicated to helping you achieve excellent oral health and an attractive smile in a comfortable and convenient way. That’s because I believe your comfort and convenience lead to better oral health, which strongly contribute to your overall well-being. I also believe that it’s important to take the time to listen so that I can best help you maintain a healthy and attractive mouth for a lifetime. My training, my staff and my philosophy towards patient care are all dedicated to these beliefs. Below, you’ll find a summary of my training and experience, and a little about me as a person. I’d like to help you whenever you are ready.
Degrees, Certifications & Awards
- Specialist Certificate in Dental Anaesthesiology, RCDSO – one of less than 36 doctors in Canada
- Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Toronto, 1980 with honours in restorative dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, orthodontics and paediatric dentistry.
- Anaesthesia Degree - University of Toronto and Hospital For Sick Children, 1984
- Diplomat of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology
- Fellowship status with the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, 1987
- Gold Medal for Anaesthesia, University of Toronto
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Paediatric Advanced Life Support certified
- Academy of Operative Dentistry Award, University of Toronto
- Post Graduate Dental Internship, Toronto General Hospital,1981.
- Certificate in Implant Dentistry, Surgical Phase Tuft’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, 1992
- Invited Fellow of the Pierre Fuchard Academy
- Invited first Canadian general dentist trained in Nobel implant prosthetics, 1981
- Invited first Canadian general dentist trained in Nobel implant surgery 1982
Teaching and Research
My teaching commitment involves one full day each week at the University of Toronto with both Anaestheisa graduate and Paediatric dentistry graduate students.
- Department of Anaesthesia, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
- Department of Paedodontics , Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
- The Toronto General Hospital, Department of Dentistry 1981-2003
- Ontario Dental Association Journal editor for anaesthesia and patient management
- Instructor, University of Toronto Post Graduate Course in Cosmetic Dentistry
- Author of several professional journal articles
- Ontario Dental Association
- American Dental Association
- Ontario Dental Society of Anaesthesia - past executive
- Canadian Society of Dental Anaesthesia
- American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Toronto Crown and Bridge Study Club
- Canadian Academy for Esthetic Dentistry – invited founding member
Outside the Office
My wife Joan is a RN and Dental Hygienist. We enjoy skiing, travel and cottage life with our children Kaitlin, Alyssa and Ryan. I also love flying as a private pilot with night and float ratings.
About Dentistry Asleep™
Some patients are not comfortable having dental treatment with only local anaesthetic. Canadian surveys indicate that many people would prefer to have something more than just freezing to be comfortable during difficult dental procedures. Some go a long way to avoid or delay treatment they need because they don’t know that they can sleep through it all.
Dentistry Asleep is a safe, sensible choice if you need extensive treatment; or when freezing is not effective; gagging is a problem; abundant saliva interferes; if you have difficulty keeping your mouth open wide; can’t tolerate a rubber dam; feel anxiety about needles, and many other situations.
Being asleep for dental treatment in my practice is milder and easier than a hospital general anaesthetic. Generally you will have fewer medications, and lower doses and no plastic tube placed through your nose or vocal chords. My philosophy is to give the minimum amount of medication that will keep you comfortable and allow for a smooth recovery.
What You Need To Do
Eating & Drinking
You must have an empty stomach before going to sleep. It is simplest to not eat food for 8 hours prior to your planned treatment time but you should drink plenty of clear fluid up until 2 hours before the appointment such as water, clear juices, carbonated beverages, or sports drinks such as Gatorade, clear tea or black coffee. No milk within 6 hours.
Some specific exceptions are possible but these must be strictly maintained.
Minimum fasting requirements are:
8 hours of fasting after a meal that included meat, fried or fatty foods.
6 hours of fasting after a light carbohydrate snack that is not meat and is low in fat. An example would be two crackers or cookies, un-buttered toast with jam or low-fat milk alone or in coffee or tea.
Preparations & Dress
You should continue to take all of your usual prescription drugs according to your normal routine unless otherwise advised by your physician or Dr. Copp. Do not take any herbal supplements the day of your treatment especially kava, ginko or St. John’s Wort and avoid grapefruit juice two days before and day of your appointment.
Wear a short-sleeved garment so that we can place a blood pressure cuff properly on your arm and easily access a vein on your forearm.
Please be prepared to remove heavy eye makeup prior to treatment. We cover and/or tape your eyes closed to protect them and may place a moistening lubricant as well during treatment. We also need nail polish removed from one finger of each hand for accurate oxygen monitoring while you’re asleep.
Changes in Health
Tell us before your appointment if you are pregnant, have had any changes in your general health, especially in ease of breathing or a decrease in exercise tolerance.
You must have a responsible adult to take you home and accompany you after your appointment. Your escort home need not wait in our office while you are being treated, but rather can come for you when you are done. We’re happy to telephone your accompaniment with enough notice to arrive to accompany you, near the end of your treatment to minimize any inconvenience. You need to recover at home with the presence of a friend or relative until you feel normal. This mostly involves simply making sure you rest comfortably and stay away from dangerous situations and locations like stairs, stoves and vehicles.
Treat yourself to some down-time. It is important to plan for a period of at least 18 hours after sedation or anaesthesia when you must not drive a vehicle, operate hazardous machinery, consume alcohol or make important, binding decisions even though most patients feel essentially normal within 8 hours. In rare occasions, when drowsiness or dizziness persists, this time should be extended until you feel normal.
Rare After Effects
More than 95% of patients have no adverse effects at all. The very few that do report such things as an irritation of the vein where their IV was; scratchy eyes due to dryness; prolonged drowsiness or a disoriented feeling; vagueness of memory for a few hours; nausea or even vomiting. If you experience any of these, or other problems, please call us for specific advise if you feel you need help.