Anesthesia & Pain Management
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.
Receptionist sentenced for forging opioid prescriptions
October 30, 2019 -- A former receptionist for a Harrisburg, PA, dentist has been sentenced to federal prison for forging opioid prescriptions, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
New ADA guideline: Antibiotics unnecessary for most toothaches
October 25, 2019 -- Antibiotics are not recommended for most toothaches for managing urgent dental pain and swelling, according to a new ADA guideline published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Instead, antibiotics should be reserved for patients with systemic conditions, such as fever, brought on by dental conditions.  Discuss
ADA supports drug take-back event
October 24, 2019 -- The ADA is taking an active role in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 26. The goal of the event is to safely dispose of unused prescription medications and raise awareness and action to the U.S. opioid public health crisis.
Got a good attitude? Patients' outcome views colored by cues
October 23, 2019 -- Doctors who appeared empathetic and conveyed high expectations of treatment success during pain procedures influenced the way patients felt about outcomes in a new study, published October 21 in Nature Human Behaviour.  Discuss
Henry Schein to be released from opioid litigation
October 21, 2019 -- Henry Schein Dental said it will be dismissed with prejudice as a defendant in a U.S. opioid lawsuit in Summit County in Ohio.
Owner of Wash. dental practice fined in boy's death
October 17, 2019 -- The owner of Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Vancouver, WA, has been fined $5,000 in connection with the death of a 4-year-old patient.
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.
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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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Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
March 27 - April 29
Seattle, Washington United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
April 17
San Antonio, Texas United States
Sedation Permit Renewal/Refresher for Dentistry
April 18
Seattle, Washington United States
Pacific Northwest Dental Conference
May 28-30
Seattle, Washington United States