Anesthesia & Pain Management Sponsored by Septodont
Drug overdose deaths soar 30% during the pandemic
July 14, 2021 -- Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. climbed nearly 30% in 2020, according to preliminary data released on July 14 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 93,331 deaths last year represent the highest number of overdose deaths ever during a 12-month period. Read More
NIDCR seeks grant submissions on pain management
June 25, 2021 -- The U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and other agencies of the National Institutes of Health are seeking grant submissions for developing safe, effective, and nonaddictive therapeutics to treat pain. Read More
Dental Dose: The brief history of cocaine in dentistry
June 18, 2021 -- In the late 1800s and early 1900s, cocaine was an anesthetic agent of choice in dentistry, explains Tom Viola, RPh, in the latest episode of Dental Dose. But perhaps more surprising, cocaine has accepted medical uses as an anesthetic agent to this day. Read More
Kids skip the dentist after general anesthesia procedures
June 17, 2021 -- Researchers from Scotland found a significant drop in dental care visits after children in the U.K. underwent general anesthesia for dental procedures in a recent study. The findings were published on June 4 in the European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry. Read More
Pregnancy testing before sedation could manage risk
June 8, 2021 -- Implementing point-of-care pregnancy testing before dental procedures that involve the use of intravenous sedation could help manage practice risk, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Dental Dose: Why lidocaine is the golden child of dentistry
June 4, 2021 -- Everybody loves lidocaine. It is a great anesthetic agent. It has so many advantages that it's hard to keep track of them all. But should lidocaine be held in as high regard as it is? Tom Viola, RPh, breaks it down in the latest episode of Dental Dose. Read More
AAOMS delegates to vote on new anesthesia requirements in fall
May 26, 2021 -- Delegates of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) may adopt new rules for in-office anesthesia to ensure patient safety, according to a short communication published on May 19 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
CDC: Drug overdose deaths, including opioid, climb
May 17, 2021 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that drug overdose deaths are up 28.3% as of October 2020 from a year earlier, while opioid deaths in particular are up 36%. Read More
Woman's mouth sensations return after prompt dental nerve repair
May 12, 2021 -- A woman in Japan can once again feel pain and temperature in her mouth thanks to the immediate repair of her alveolar nerve, which was damaged during jaw surgery. The case report was published on May 10 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine, and Pathology. Read More
CDC to host talk on pediatric opioid, antibiotic prescribing
May 5, 2021 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting a webinar on May 12 about trends in opioid and antibiotic prescribing for pediatric patients. 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
September 10-26
Houston, Texas United States
Sedation Permit Renewal CE Course
September 21
Houston, Texas United States
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Annual Meeting
September 27 - October 2
Nashville, Tennessee United States
IV Moderate Sedation Training
October 8-26
Denver, Colorado United States
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for Dentists and Staff
October 15
Denver, Colorado United States