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Wisc. dentists lobby against sedation proposal
October 15, 2019 -- A group of Wisconsin dentists called the Concerned Dentists of Wisconsin is circulating a petition to encourage the Wisconsin dental board to not adopt proposed changes to training requirements for dental treatments requiring oral sedation.
Propofol shows promise for conscious sedation
October 14, 2019 -- Propofol is one of the most used drugs for general anesthesia, but the findings of a new study suggest that the medication may also be beneficial for conscious sedation. Researchers from the U.K. found that propofol helped anxious adolescents successfully receive dental treatment while awake.  Discuss
Endodontists give in when docs, patients push for opioids
October 11, 2019 -- Approximately 43% of endodontists reported they had prescribed opioids after feeling pressured by physicians or patients to order the medication, according to a new study published in the Journal of Endodontics.  Discuss
NJ dental school gets $11.7M to study opioid alternatives
October 11, 2019 -- Rutgers School of Dental Medicine has received an $11.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research the combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen as alternatives to opioids.
Pain meds don't reduce sensitivity from teeth bleaching
October 10, 2019 -- Anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs may not prevent tooth sensitivity caused by in-office dental bleaching, according to a new systematic review published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
Wash. dentist charged after patient death in 2018
October 9, 2019 -- A Washington dentist has been charged with unprofessional conduct tied to the death of a patient in January 2018.
Cold, buzzing device succeeds at masking injection pain
October 8, 2019 -- A cold and buzzing bee-shaped device has once again proved to reduce children's injection pain in a new study. The device, known as Buzzy, significantly reduced pain scores for children who received a local anesthetic prior to dental treatment.  Discuss
Unique gum cells may prevent perio disease in the future
October 8, 2019 -- Newly discovered sensory cells in gums that protect the mouth from infections that cause tissue and bone damage to teeth may be the answer to periodontitis prevention treatments in the future, according to new research.  Discuss
The facts about dental cavitations
October 2, 2019 -- It seems to Dr. Alvin Danenberg that many patients are being diagnosed with dental cavitations in their jawbone. In his latest column, he details the definition of these cavitations, what to do about patients in pain from them, and what imaging modality is best for viewing.  Discuss
Special needs patients require unique anesthetic approaches
September 27, 2019 -- Safe, successful dental treatments in special needs patients depend on choosing the right anesthetic methods and equipment and having a skilled staff, according to the author of a recent study. Utilizing the appropriate anesthetic approach and taking serious precautions can reduce complications in these patients.  Discuss
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Conferences
Yankee Dental Congress 2020
January 30 - February 1
Boston, Massachusetts United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
February 7-23
San Diego, California United States
Sedation Permit Renewal/Refresher for Dentistry
February 15
San Diego, California United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
February 21
San Diego, California United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
March 27 - April 29
Seattle, Washington United States