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TMDs tied to depression, somatization
September 28, 2022 -- There is a high prevalence of psychological disorders in patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), according to an article published on September 13 in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. The study focused on depression or somatization, a disorder in which symptoms have no identifiable cause. Read More
Should CBD be used in pain management?
September 27, 2022 -- Managing patient pain while limiting opioid prescriptions poses challenges for oral healthcare providers, but cannabidiol (CBD) oil might serve as an alternative treatment, according to a commentary published on September 26 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Which behavioral management technique is best for pediatric patients?
September 26, 2022 -- Treating pediatric patients with dental fear and anxiety can be challenging for clinicians, who must be familiar with multiple techniques to calm and treat patients. Which technique is best? A recent review article that was published on September 22 in the Journal of Dentistry set out to answer that question. Read More
A sedative that may top midazolam for outpatient oral surgery
September 21, 2022 -- Remimazolam had a higher success rate in sedating patients undergoing outpatient oral surgery compared to midazolam, according to a study published on September 15 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Medication for anxiety, insomnia may help wounds heal
September 20, 2022 -- Diazepam, a medication that is commonly prescribed for patients with anxiety or insomnia, may aid in wound closure following a gingival graft, reports an article published on September 15 in the Journal of Dental Sciences. Read More
NC dental board proposes rule changes to improve anesthesia safety
September 16, 2022 -- The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners approved proposed changes to its rules on anesthesia and sedation following the death of a patient during a routine dental procedure in 2020, according to a report by WECT News in Raleigh. Read More
Study finds cool way to reduce postop pain
September 13, 2022 -- Using saline irrigation with saline at lower temperatures when removing bone during impacted third-molar surgery may reduce patients' pain and other postoperative complications, according to the results of a clinical trial published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
What's the best way to help patients with sleep apnea?
August 30, 2022 -- Patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea saw greater improvement in their condition when they wore mouthguards set at a mandibular advancement of 50%, according to a study published recently in Clinical and Experimental Dental Research. Read More
Why patients aren't coming back to the dentist
August 26, 2022 -- About two years have gone by since COVID-19-related restrictions were lifted, allowing practices to reopen, yet about 40% of patients continue to postpone appointments, according to a survey released on August 23 from Read More
Young Innovations, Synapse Dental launch pain eraser
August 26, 2022 -- Young Innovations and Synapse Dental are launching a new device called the Dental Pain Eraser. 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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