Anesthesia & Pain Management
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.
Can hypnosis reduce opioid use? Maybe
November 19, 2019 -- Can hypnosis and other mind-body therapies reduce the number of opioids needed to treat pain after dental surgery? Maybe, according to the findings of a systematic review recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
CDA journal explores fluoride, pediatric pain, more
November 1, 2019 -- The November issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association touches on several topics, including the history of water fluoridation in the state and pediatric pain.
What you and your patients need to know about benzocaine
October 31, 2019 -- Benzocaine has been in the news lately, and dental pharmacology expert Tom Viola, RPh, discusses the dangers that can be triggered by the anesthetic and also what dental professionals need to know and should be telling their patients about its usage.  Discuss
Provider type affects Medicaid opioid prescription rates
October 31, 2019 -- Dentists may be writing fewer opioid prescriptions for Medicaid patients, but recipients are still likely to get the drugs if emergency room practitioners or others treat their dental problems, according to a study in October issue of thethe Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
U.S. residents use opioids more than immigrants
October 31, 2019 -- U.S. residents are more than five times as likely to use prescription opioids than immigrants, according to a study published October 25 in JAMA Network Open.
Third of Irish dental patients would choose sedation
October 31, 2019 -- A third of dental patients in Ireland would consider sedation for procedures such as fillings and extractions, because of their fear of going to the dentist, according to a news report published in the Digital Journal.
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
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
August 7-23
Raleigh, North Carolina United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
August 14
Raleigh, North Carolina United States
Sedation Permit Renewal/Refresher for Dentistry
August 15
Raleigh, North Carolina United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
September 11-27
Houston, Texas United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
September 18
Houston, Texas United States