Calif. dental board publishes report on pediatric anesthesia
January 4, 2017 -- The Dental Board of California has published its Pediatric Anesthesia Study that examined California's present laws, regulations, and policies on dental sedation of pediatric patients and recommended changes.
Top 5 news stories from 2016
December 30, 2016 -- takes a look back at the most-read news and clinical articles from 2016, as measured by page views. Popular topics included a lawsuit against three of the dental industry's largest companies, and the continued support for flossing by dental groups after the release of a critical report.
Top 5 columns from 2016
December 30, 2016 -- takes a look back at some of the most-read columns and practice management articles from 2016, as measured by page views. Columns from Dr. Benjamin Burris, William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler, and Dr. Alvin Danenberg feature prominently.
Calif. dental board passes strict sedation changes
December 12, 2016 -- Spurred to action by the death last year of a 6-year-old boy under dental anesthesia, the Dental Board of California has proposed strict new recommendations for pediatric sedation and anesthesia. If the rules are passed by California lawmakers, dentists in the state would have to meet new criteria for personnel, education, and permits.
Update: NJ dentist, attorney general agree to hearing
November 18, 2016 -- The New Jersey oral surgeon linked to 15 cases of bacterial endocarditis has agreed that his license to practice will continue to be suspended and his case will be heard by administrative law judge, according to the Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey.
Does sedation help kids' long-term dental behavior?
November 17, 2016 -- When treating preschool children for early childhood caries, is moderate sedation more effective than protective stabilization or general anesthesia in terms of improving the child's behavior at future dental visits? Researchers from Brazil focused on that question in a new study.
CMS delays Medicare enrollment rule to 2019
November 9, 2016 -- Dentists may get a temporary reprieve from a U.S. government program designed to get a handle on the country's opiate crisis. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it has delayed by two years the date by which dentists must be enrolled with the government to be able to prescribe powerful Part D drugs such as opiates.
The new-product roundup from
November 7, 2016 -- Over the last month, companies have introduced a nasal anesthetic, a scanner, a handpiece, toothpastes, loupes, and more. Here's a look at the latest new products recently launched from St. Renatus, Brasseler USA, 3M, and others.
Alberta dental association revises sedation policy
November 7, 2016 -- Dentists in the Canadian province of Alberta are no longer allowed to administer deep sedation or general anesthesia to patients while performing dental treatments, according to a revised policy set by the Alberta Dental Association and College.
NJ dental association creates new opioid guidelines
November 7, 2016 -- The New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA) has created new guidelines to help its members safely prescribe and dose opioid medications for acute dental pain.
Hot Topic
The case for dental anesthesiologists in pediatric sedation

In this Second Opinion, Dr. Mark Saxen, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, analyzes the advantages of in-office anesthesiology done by a dental anesthesiologist and urges dentists to consider taking advantage of their expertise. Read more.

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