Anesthesia & Pain Management Sponsored by Septodont
COVID-19 made mental health worse for patients with oral pain
April 22, 2021 -- People with orofacial pain experienced higher levels of depression, anxiety, and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published recently in Dental and Medical Problems. Read More
Dental Dose: Painkillers and COVID-19 vaccines
April 16, 2021 -- A patient comes in for dental work today. He got the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday. What do you do? "It's a Catch-22," said pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, in the latest episode of Dental Dose. That's because dentistry's favorite painkillers may also dampen the effectiveness of vaccines. Read More
Use of dental gag causes cardiac arrest in toddler
April 9, 2021 -- A 5-year-old boy under general anesthesia for oral surgery went into serious cardiac arrest, triggered by his mouth being propped open with a dental gag, according to a case report published on March 26 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Emergency dental visits rose 30% during COVID-19 pandemic
April 6, 2021 -- The number of patients who visited emergency clinics in China for dental problems increased by approximately one-third during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to the same period in 2019, in a new study. The findings were published on April 3 in BMC Oral Health. Read More
ADA: Delta Dental is minimizing dentist anesthesiologists
April 6, 2021 -- Delta Dental's apparent ongoing refusal to credential dentist anesthesiologists has minimized the specialists' standing and unfairly kept their reimbursement levels below those of other anesthesiology-providing colleagues, according to a news story published on April 2 by ADA News. Read More
Dental Dose: 3 things you don't know about articaine
April 2, 2021 -- Chances are, articaine is the local anesthetic of choice in your office. But how well do you know the ever-popular agent? In this episode of Dental Dose, pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, shares three articaine myths that might confuse even the most experienced dentist. Read More
Cure for tooth sensitivity, pain may be on the horizon
March 29, 2021 -- Scientists have identified a protein in tooth cells that helps detect cold, possibly paving the way for new treatments for tooth sensitivity and pain, according to a study published on March 26 in Science Advances. Read More
Texting study shows 60% of opioids unused after procedures
March 25, 2021 -- A text message program showed that 60% of opioid tablets prescribed to patients for common procedures went unused in a study published on March 25 in JAMA Network Open. Read More
Physicians issue consensus on odontogenic sinusitis
March 24, 2021 -- An international research team has issued a consensus statement on diagnosing the underrecognized infection of odontogenic sinusitis. The review was published online February 17 in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology. Read More
Septodont's Novocol Pharma secures $26M
March 23, 2021 -- Septodont's Novocol Pharma division has secured $32.7 million Canadian ($26 million U.S.) from the Canadian government to further develop its injectable products. 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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