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Study finds opioids less effective after tooth extraction
March 24, 2020 -- Patients who took opioids for pain relief after tooth extraction reported higher levels of pain than patients who took other analgesics in a new study, published in JAMA Network Open. The findings suggest nonopioid analgesics should be the first-line pain relief for extractions.  Discuss
Dentist pleads guilty to diverting oxycodone for own use
March 18, 2020 -- A dentist in Wisconsin has admitted to writing a prescription for oxycodone to his dental hygienist and then having her divert the painkillers to him for his personal use, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin.  Discuss
Combination ibuprofen + acetaminophen effective for dental pain management
March 16, 2020 -- Recent studies have consistently demonstrated that a combination analgesic containing acetaminophen and ibuprofen was more effective in treating dental pain than the ingredients were when administered alone. Dental pharmacology expert Tom Viola, RPh, discusses these findings and some of the background behind them.  Discuss
Dental ER patients often get antibiotics, opioids
March 6, 2020 -- Clinicians frequently prescribe antibiotics and opioids to patients who visit emergency rooms (ER) with nontraumatic dental problems, according to a new study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
Oral surgeon ordered to pay $4M to accuser of assault while sedated
February 25, 2020 -- A North Carolina oral surgeon must pay $4 million in a civil suit filed by one of his former patients who accused him of sexual assault while she was sedated, according to news reports. The surgeon had been suspended from practicing since he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting about 20 patients while they were sedated.  Discuss
Fla. dental assistant arrested for assaulting sedated teen
February 19, 2020 -- A dental assistant in Florida was arrested on February 13 for allegedly sexually assaulting a sedated 18-year-old girl who he was prepping for third-molar extractions, according to news reports.  Discuss
Dentist gets prison for illegal prescriptions, Medicare fraud
February 7, 2020 -- A dentist in Missouri was sentenced to 18 months in prison for making false statements to Medicare and illegally issuing prescriptions for narcotic opioid drugs without a legitimate medical purpose. The dentist provided about 14,000 units of antianxiety and opioid drugs to a woman he had a personal relationship with for more than 10 years.  Discuss
50% of opioids prescribed by dentists exceed recommendations
February 6, 2020 -- About half of opioid prescriptions written by dentists in the U.S. exceeded two-day supply recommendations identified in previous research, according to a new study published online February 3 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  Discuss
Dental employee accused of swapping fentanyl for saline
January 15, 2020 -- A dental office employee in Ohio pleaded not guilty on January 10 to felony charges of stealing and tampering with drugs. She is accused of stealing fentanyl from the oral surgery center where she worked and refilling the vials with saline, according to news reports.
Calif. dental worker arrested for forging prescriptions
January 14, 2020 -- A dental employee in California was arrested for allegedly forging prescriptions for muscle relaxants for personal use, according to news reports.
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