Meet MENAKAYA IFEOMA NKIRUKA, an Academic Staff of Lagos State University.


Restorative Dentistry


Lecturer I


Restorative Dentistry


At the Restorative Dentistry department office

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Research Interest

Topic: Comparing Incidence Of Intraoperative And Postoperative Pain Among Men And Women Undergoing Root Canal Therapy.


Introduction: In the course of doing my dissertation I came across a research work where it was noted that females who were menstruating in the course of their root canal treatment experienced pain more that those who were not. this is an aspect I want to explore. Aim: Comparing incidence of intraoperative and postoperative pain among men and women undergoing root canal therapy. Methodology: The subjects in this study will be divided into three groups: 1. All Men, 2. Women who are menstruating during treatment, 3. Women who are not menstruating during treatment. Pain test will be done both subjectively and objectively. Result: If the finding in the research work, I came across in the course of my dissertation was right was right, we expect to find that hormonal changes in women impact on their pain threshold making them feel pain more readily.  We expect that pain incidence would be more in the group of women who are menstruating while undergoing root canal treatment. Contribution to knowledge: This would add to our knowledge and help in the scheduling of female patients so the receive root canal treatment only when they are not menstruating.


# Certificate SchoolYear
1. Certificate (Leadership and Management in Health) University of Washington 2020

Current Research

Safety Measures and Infection Control Practices among Dental Practitioners in Nigeria during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Research Details

Introduction: COVID-19, a major public health threat globally and oral health care has been particularly impacted due to the proximity of care givers to the patient and the generation of aerosols, droplets and splatter during many dental treatment procedures. Dental practitioners in Nigeria were therefore required to adhere strictly to observing standard universal precautions in their clinical practice. Aerosol-generating procedures have been the focal point of concern with respect to the challenge of COVID-19 to clinical dental practice since dental practitioners are among the most vulnerable to infections transmitted through contaminated aerosols, saliva, bodily fluids, blood, or tissues. There is evidence to suggest that three main pathways are important for SARS-CoV-2 transmission in dental settings namely: direct transmission through inhalation of cough, sneeze, or droplets containing the virus; transmission via eye, nasal, or oral mucous membranes; and contact transmission through contaminated surfaces. Infection prevention and control armamentarium includes personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, eye goggles, gloves, face shields and gowns. It also involves hand hygiene, pre-procedural mouth rinsing, disinfection of all surfaces and other outside clinical areas commonly used by staff and patients, four-handed dental procedures, avoidance of aerosol generating procedures, and use of extra-oral radiography  .

Method: The respondents which included dental professionals in public and private sector practice and from diverse clinical specialty backgrounds were physically contacted to complete the self-administered survey questionnaire designed for the study. Results: The public sector practitioners practiced better safety and infection control measures.



MENAKAYA IFEOMA is a Lecturer I at the Department of Restorative Dentistry

MENAKAYA has a Certificate in Leadership and Management in Health from University of Washington

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