Dr Cecilia So graduated from The University of Sydney in 2003 and was a dental officer in the Special Care Department of Westmead Centre for Oral Health until 2005. She then took up a training position in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as a Senior House Officer at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, in the United Kingdom, completing her MFDS examination in 2006 and becoming a member of the Royal College of Surgeons.
After two years of specialist training in Oral Surgery, she returned to Sydney and returned to her previous post at Westmead Hospital, now as Senior Dental Officer with emphasis on Oral Surgery for Special Needs Patients. She has also taught for the University of Sydney as a Clinical Educator in Oral Surgery in 2008, and gives lectures to carers and families as well as lecturing at the University of Sydney for the dental faculty as part of her duties in her public hospital practice.
Cecilia joined the Special Needs Dentistry Practice in Crows Nest in 2007, and has accreditation for theatre use at Prince of Wales Private Hospital and St George Private Hospital.
“Working with adults with disabilities has been the most rewarding experience part of my career, and I am fortunate to be in the unique position of being able to offer my surgical skills to help special needs patients who need their wisdom teeth removed as well as needing routine dental treatment; not an uncommon scenario.”
“I also have experience with treating elderly patients, particularly those with complex medical conditions, and we are able to offer patients who have dental phobia, the options of intravenous sedation or general anaesthetic for their dental and or surgical procedures”
“I find it very worthwhile spending the extra time needed when working with a dental phobia patients, to make their visit pleasant, easy, and efficient, such that their multitude of accumulated dental problems can be resolved, and oral health restored. The challenge is then to help the patient find the cause of their dental disease, and address this so that the cycle of repeated dental treatments can be avoided. My aim is to maintain my patients continued good oral health, which means minimising future dental problems!”
Dr So is also an active volunteer dentist, travelling annually to Cambodia as the founder of the Project Cambodia Dental Clinic which provides free dental treatment to rural children who would otherwise not have access to any dental care and oral health.