The role of opioid alternatives in oral surgery
February 27, 2017 -- Postsurgical pain is one of many common fears patients have before undergoing a surgical procedure. Opioids have been the primary prescribed pain medication after dental extractions, but there are too many being prescribed. Dr. Timothy Gocke explores some nonopioid alternatives for pain management, including an injectable option.
Is there an ideal dosage of popular sedation drugs?
February 23, 2017 -- Deep sedation may not be needed for third molar extractions and other invasive procedures, according to a new study. After testing various concentrations of midazolam and propofol on 1,000 people, researchers found 3 mg of each drug worked best for the majority of patients.
Products to look for at Chicago Midwinter 2017: Part 2
February 21, 2017 -- One highlight of the upcoming 2017 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting will be the vast exhibit hall, where hundreds of companies will showcase their products. To help you make the most of your time on the floor, we bring you the second part of our preview of new and recently introduced products to look for at the meeting.
Henry Schein acquires anesthesia supply company
February 21, 2017 -- Henry Schein announced it has agreed to acquire Southern Anesthesia + Surgical.
Which dental anesthetic do anxious patients prefer?
January 19, 2017 -- When your patient has severe dental anxiety but needs treatment, sometimes an anesthetic is called for. Every practitioner has a preference for which anesthetic to use for these adult patients. But, of sevoflurane or propofol, which do patients prefer?
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 -- DrBicuspid.com 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 -- DrBicuspid.com 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.
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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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