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4 organizations endorse pediatric sedation guidelines
August 5, 2019 -- Four more organizations have endorsed new guidelines that call for two trained personnel to be present when providing deep sedation or general anesthesia to children. Read More
Metals top list of common allergens at the dental office
August 2, 2019 -- Which dental materials are responsible for the most contact allergies? Researchers looked at patient data and found metals topped the list, but other common culprits included composites and cosmetic materials. Read More
Former Colo. dentist sentenced to prison for drug charges
August 1, 2019 -- A former Colorado dentist was sentenced to three years in prison on July 29 for charges related to distributing Percocet and other drugs to employees. Read More
Mo. limits dentist opioid prescriptions for acute pain
July 30, 2019 -- A new Missouri law limits the amount of opioid tablets dentists can prescribe for acute pain. Read More
U.S. overdose deaths drop for 1st time in 30 years
July 25, 2019 -- The number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. dropped for the first time since 1990, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data suggest that steps to curb the opioid epidemic may be working. Read More
5 steps for talking with patients about opioids
July 24, 2019 -- Talking with patients about opioids and pain management is important, but it can be a difficult topic for many providers. Experts discussed how to use motivational interviewing to help make this conversation a little easier during a recent webinar. Read More
Study: Practitioners underrate patients' dental anxiety
July 23, 2019 -- How good are you at telling if a patient has dental anxiety? Maybe not as good as you think, as a new study found that dental practitioners rated poorly in their ability to determine a patient's dental anxiety. Read More
Study: Pain descriptors may aid in making diagnosis
June 28, 2019 -- Can how patients describe their pain help you determine the underlying cause? Researchers used two sensitivity tests on 228 patients with an acute toothache and also asked them to choose from a list of 22 pain descriptors. They found that the words the patients chose to describe their pain pointed to a diagnosis. Read More
Biopharma firm to buy Botox manufacturer for $63B
June 26, 2019 -- Biopharmaceutical company AbbVie has announced an agreement to acquire Allergan, a pharmaceutical company and a manufacturer of Botox. Read More
Insurance data show drop in opioid prescriptions by dentists
June 25, 2019 -- An insurance company studied internal data and found that general dentists reduced the number of days of supplied opioids prescribed by 9% over a three-year period, according to research presented at the 2019 International Association for Dental Research meeting. Read More
Hot Topic
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.

Conferences
IV Moderate Sedation Training
May 21 - June 13
San Antonio, Texas United States
Sedation Permit Renewal CE Course
June 5
San Antonio, Texas United States
IV Moderate Sedation Training
July 9-26
Walnut Creek, California United States
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for Dentists and Staff
July 16
Walnut Creek, California United States