Anesthesia & Pain Management Sponsored by Septodont
NY hygienists can give nitrous oxide, local anesthesia
May 18, 2022 -- Dental hygienists in New York now can administer local infiltration anesthesia and nitrous oxide to patients while assisting dentists with all dental procedures, thanks to a bill that was recently signed into law. Read More
Cancer drug may have delayed man's oral surgery healing
May 16, 2022 -- A medication used to treat cancer may have prevented a 58-year-old man from healing following an oral surgery procedure, according to a case report published May 11 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Naltrexone reduced woman's burning mouth syndrome pain
May 4, 2022 -- A 62-year-old woman with stubborn burning mouth syndrome experienced a significant decrease in pain after taking the opioid antagonist naltrexone daily. The case report was published on April 30 in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology. Read More
Dental Dose: Don't be married to benzocaine
April 29, 2022 -- In this episode of Dental Dose, pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, shares why dental professionals should consider topical anesthetics beyond benzocaine. Read More
Facial pain signals illuminate path for nonopioid therapies
April 26, 2022 -- U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Researchers (NIDCR) researchers recently caught facial nerves on camera responding in real time to pain signals. The findings could provide insight into ways to develop safer, nonopioid treatments for orofacial pain. Read More
Dentist misrepresented herself as a patient to get oxycodone
April 19, 2022 -- A New York dentist has admitted to misrepresenting herself as one of her patients to fraudulently obtain oxycodone for her own use, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York. Read More
Root canal sealer found in woman with nerve injury
April 8, 2022 -- A 27-year-old woman lost sensation in her chin and lip following root canal treatment on her mandibular molar. Months later, specialists confirmed that extrusion of the root canal sealer caused the patient's permanent anesthesia, according to a case report published April 1 in Oral Surgery. Read More
Lidocaine shot may have led to patient's heart attack
April 5, 2022 -- A local injection of lidocaine during dental treatment possibly induced a coronary artery spasm, potentially resulting in a 50-year-old man's heart attack, according to a case report published April 3 in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences. Read More
Dental Dose: Take precautions for patients with asthma
April 1, 2022 -- Dental Dose addresses two facets of dental pharmacology: medications used in dentistry with systemic effects and medications used for nondental conditions that impact dentistry. Treating patients with asthma tackles both sides of dental pharmacology, explained Tom Viola in the latest episode. Read More
American Board of Orofacial Pain recognized as certifying board
April 1, 2022 -- The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards recently recognized the American Board of Orofacial Pain as the national certifying board for orofacial pain, according to a March 30 report by ADA News. Read More
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Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients

While steps are needed to reduce the number of prescribed opioids in the U.S., what about those patients who may already be addicted and at risk? In this Second Opinion, Vikram Tarugu, MD, details a detoxification program that may be appropriate for your patients and your community. Read more.

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