Propofol + nitrous oxide may avoid sedation hypotension
July 22, 2014 -- Hypotension is a risk associated with the administration of propofol. Now Japanese researchers have found that combining it with nitrous oxide leads to better sedation and smaller reduction of blood pressure.
Researchers use nanoparticles to deliver drugs into teeth
July 22, 2014 -- Maryland researchers are developing a less invasive technique to deliver medication directly into teeth. The treatment for pulpitis would use magnetic fields to move medication attached to nanoparticles through a tooth's dentin and into the pulp to treat infections.
Sedation dosage crucial in at-risk patients
July 21, 2014 -- A new editorial in Anesthesia Progress by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joel M. Weaver reminds dentists, oral surgeons, and all dental professionals that patients with obstructive sleep apnea are at risk of death not only during procedural sedation but also at home afterward while asleep.
Why your dental practice should exercise an annual internal audit
July 21, 2014 -- Does your practice complete an internal audit each year? If you are asking yourself why you should take the time, and expense, to complete one, consultant Thomas Climo, PhD, explains the reasons the process is worth the time.
Dos and don'ts for practice management: The neglected communication skill -- listening
July 21, 2014 -- Bring up the subject of communication skills and most of us naturally think about how we speak or write to our coworkers and patients. The counterpart deserves equal attention. People who really know how to listen are empowered by it, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
Treating perio disease reduces costs of other medical conditions
July 18, 2014 -- Patients treated for periodontal disease had lower healthcare costs and fewer hospitalizations for other medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
CPP-ACP + fluoride no better than fluoride alone
July 18, 2014 -- The use of casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP) to remineralize caries lesions has been examined extensively, but does it have an effect as a supplement to fluoride? Researchers of a new systematic review find the answer is no.
Studies highlight dentists' role in HIV testing
July 17, 2014 -- If a patient is willing to get a test for HIV at your office, are you willing to give it? A study presented this week at the HIV Testing Symposium in Australia found that more than 80% of patients would be willing to receive rapid HIV testing in dental settings.
The Virtual Dental Home: Complicating a good idea
July 16, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Jay W. Friedman describes the benefits, and the complications, of the innovative Virtual Dental Home program that uses dental hygienists and remote supervising diagnostic dentists.
Counterpoint response: The Virtual Dental Home
July 16, 2014 -- In this response to Dr. Jay W. Friedman's Second Opinion, Dr. Paul Glassman provides additional insight into the Virtual Dental Home model and the need to try different approaches to serving the large underserved population in the U.S.
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