Dexamethasone reduces pain after third-molar extractions
April 27, 2017 -- Dentists and oral surgeons are always looking for better ways to reduce their patients' pain after surgery, and a new study may have a solution. An injection of dexamethasone before surgery significantly reduced postoperative pain for patients who had impacted third molars extracted.
FDA restricts use of codeine, tramadol for kids
April 20, 2017 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced new warnings on codeine and tramadol medications that restrict their use for children.
Is 4% articaine or 4% lidocaine more effective in third-molar removal?
April 17, 2017 -- When patients need to have their impacted third molars extracted, many dentists choose to use either 4% articaine or 4% lidocaine hydrochloride to block their pain. But which is more clinically effective when treating these patients?
Trump administration to create opioid commission
March 27, 2017 -- The Trump administration is forming a national commission to combat opioid addiction.
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.
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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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