Anesthesia & Pain Management Sponsored by Septodont
3D maps of TMJ sensory neurons help researchers study pain
November 15, 2022 -- A joint U.S. health and pain reduction consortium granted awards to researchers to create 3D innervation maps of different sensory neurons found in the knee and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to study how neurons create pain. Read More
Mitigating anxiety before 3rd-molar surgery
November 7, 2022 -- Telling patients what they can expect before a third-molar extraction procedure may help reduce their dental anxiety and postoperative pain, according to a study published on November 1 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
50% of dentists report patients show up high
November 4, 2022 -- About half of U.S. dentists reported having patients arrive at dental appointments high on marijuana or other drugs, and more patients are telling clinicians that they regularly use cannabis now that it has been legalized in many states, according to the ADA. Read More
What's the best anesthetic technique for pulp therapy in kids?
October 28, 2022 -- Buccal infiltration with 4% articaine may achieve a comparable anesthetic effect to inferior alveolar nerve block with 2% lidocaine when performing pulp therapy in kids' lower jaw molars, reports a review published on October 22 in the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. Read More
Common TMD may be linked to calcium, vitamin D
October 27, 2022 -- Patients with a common type of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) had lower calcium and vitamin D levels, indicating that calcium metabolism may be linked to these jaw conditions. The results were published on October 21 in the Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Trending: Botox for bruxism
October 25, 2022 -- Many people are familiar with Botox to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. But studies published in Neurology and Pain Research Management show that the muscle-relaxing properties of Botox have promising results for jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Read More
What people would do to avoid a root canal
October 18, 2022 -- Patients report they would go to surprising lengths to avoid a root canal procedure, including temporarily giving up social media or letting clinicians get a look at their large intestines, according to a survey conducted by dental technology company Sonendo. Read More
Oral surgeons change opioid-prescribing habits
October 11, 2022 -- Though U.S. oral and maxillofacial surgeons decreased overall opioid prescribing by 20% between 2016 and 2019, they wrote more prescriptions for codeine and tramadol, according to a brief communication published on October 9 in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Read More
1 round of laser therapy may reduce 3rd-molar surgery pain
October 4, 2022 -- Administering an extraoral low-level diode laser for one session of irradiation following wisdom tooth surgery may decrease patient pain, according to the results of a clinical trial recently published in BMC Oral Health. Read More
Are dentists overdiagnosing burning mouth sensation?
October 3, 2022 -- Patients with burning mouth sensation are frequently seen in dental clinics, yet dentists may be overdiagnosing the condition, according to a study of more than 500 patients that was published on September 24 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. 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.

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