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The Children's National Research Institute

Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Pediatric dental sleep medicine
  • Pediatric orofacial pain

    Education & Training

    • M.S.D., Pediatric Dentistry, Boston University Dental School, Boston, MA (1969-1971) 
    • D.D.S., Dentistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD (1963-1967)
    • B.A., History, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1960-1963)

    Academic Appointments

    • Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dental, and Sleep Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

    Biography

    Sylvan Mintz, D.D.S., M.S.D., graduated from the U of MD in 1963 with a BA in history. DDS degree from the UMBCDS in 1967. His post-graduate education continued with a MS degree in Pediatric Dentistry from BUSGD in 1971 and was also awarded a Certificate in Anesthesia. Dr. Mintz attended the UMDNJ and received Certificates in Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) and Orofacial Pain. He is the only dentist that is board certified by both the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in Maryland, DC and Virginia.  Dr. Mintz was active for twenty-five years on the staff of Children's Hospital in Washington, DC and PG Hospital.  Dr. Mintz was a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland and Howard Dental Schools. He is currently a regular consultant to the Orofacial Pain clinic at Bethesda Naval Hospital, UM Dental School Orofacial Pain Clinic and GW Clinical Assistant Professor at the National Childrens Medical Center.

    After dental school, he served two years in the Army, including one year in Vietnam. Dr. Mintz organized and ran a clinic for Vietnamese orphans and was awarded the Army Commendation medal. 

    In 1971, Dr. Mintz started a solo pediatric dental office and expanded to a group dental practice in 1974 with two locations. By the time Dr. Mintz sold his practice in 1998, the practice had grown to a multi-specialty group with twelve dentists and a staff of nearly sixty. Wanting to devote the rest of his career to the specialization of TMJ dysfunction, facial pain, and dental sleep medicine, he opened an office in Montgomery County Maryland to in 2007.

    I am pursuing a pilot study at CHNMC on the use of an oral device for children and adolescents who have refractory sleep apnea management. I have also conducted a similar pilot study on children in the use of a novel endodontic technique for primary teeth that resulted in my unpublished thesis at Boston University. I  have the support of the faculty at Childrens along with a research coordinator.

    Research & Publications