“Immersive Game for Dental Anesthesia Training with Haptic Feedback” by Ribeiro, Tori, Tori and Nunes

  • ©Matheus A. O. Ribeiro, Allan A. Tori, Romero Tori, and Fátima L. S. Nunes

  • ©Matheus A. O. Ribeiro, Allan A. Tori, Romero Tori, and Fátima L. S. Nunes


Entry Number: 57


    Immersive Game for Dental Anesthesia Training with Haptic Feedback



    Training anesthetic application is a challenge for teaching dentistry, given the complexity of the procedure and the risks involved. Through an immersive virtual reality environment, the system presented here offers a playful way of learning, through game elements. This serious game allows the user to practice anesthesia technique with or without aids (tactile or visual) and to receive scores at different levels of difficulty. An important differential is the possibility of the syringe being driven automatically (tactile aid) in order to reproduce trajectories inserted by experienced instructors. Thus, the student can feel as if the instructor was conducting the learner’s hand while guiding her or him. 


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    We would like to thank all the colleagues and students from LaSiT (FOB USP), LApIS USP and Interlab USP that directly or indirectly contributed to this work. Special thanks to Professor Maria Aparecida de Andrade Moreira Machado, mentor of VIDA Odonto, the platform over which this game was developed, to designers Sileide Paccola and Susy Amantini, who advised the 3D Modeling of the head, and to Kim Tanabe, who worked in the head 3D modeling. The authors were supported by the following fundings: Fapesp process 2016/26290-3; CNPq processes 311991/2015-7 and 315180/2018-8.