Anesthesia & Pain Management
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.
Podcast: Is this OTC medication the next substance of abuse?
January 8, 2020 -- A drug that is readily available and easily accessible as an over-the-counter (OTC) medication could become the next substance of abuse affecting your dental patients, according to dental pharmacology expert Tom Viola, RPh. In this podcast, he talks about what this drug could mean for your patients' oral health, as well as how to diagnose its abuse and talk about it with your patients.  Discuss
Pa. oral surgeon to pay $150K to settle opioid mishandling case
January 6, 2020 -- An oral surgeon in Pennsylvania agreed to pay $150,000 to settle allegations that she mishandled opioids, diverting them from patients for personal use, which resulted in the clinician overdosing on one occasion, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  Discuss
Oral surgeon accused of using patients' opioids has license suspended
December 27, 2019 -- The Iowa Dental Board has suspended the license and the general anesthesia permit for an oral surgeon who allegedly diverted patients' opioids for his own personal use, according to a settlement agreement and final order.  Discuss
9 ways your patients will benefit from low-level laser therapy
December 20, 2019 -- Dr. Mel Burchman, president of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, explains how low-level laser therapy, or photobiomodulation, can offer your patients many therapeutic benefits, including reduction of pain and inflammation, immunomodulation, and promotion of wound healing and tissue regeneration, as well as being an alternative to addictive opioid drugs.  Discuss
Mich. sues 4 opioid distributors under drug dealer act
December 18, 2019 -- Michigan has filed a lawsuit against Cardinal Health, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen Drug, and Walgreens, alleging the four major opioid distributors are liable under the state's Drug Dealer Liability Act.  Discuss
Pitt commits to opioid-free pain management
November 21, 2019 -- The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) School of Dental Medicine has established opioid-free pain management guidelines for most procedures performed at its clinics. It is the first educational institution in the U.S. to take such action, according to the school.
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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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May 29 - June 14
San Antonio, Texas United States
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June 5
San Antonio, Texas United States
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June 6
San Antonio, Texas United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
August 7-23
Raleigh, North Carolina United States
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August 14
Raleigh, North Carolina United States