Anesthesia & Pain Management
Podcast: Busting one of the biggest myths about pain control and COVID-19
April 1, 2020 -- Tom Viola, RPh, has some advice to share with DrBicuspid.com readers on managing pain in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as some thoughts on smoking and marijuana usage in these historic days.  Discuss
Study finds opioids less effective after tooth extraction
March 24, 2020 -- Patients who took opioids for pain relief after tooth extraction reported higher levels of pain than patients who took other analgesics in a new study, published in JAMA Network Open. The findings suggest nonopioid analgesics should be the first-line pain relief for extractions.  Discuss
Combination ibuprofen + acetaminophen effective for dental pain management
March 16, 2020 -- Recent studies have consistently demonstrated that a combination analgesic containing acetaminophen and ibuprofen was more effective in treating dental pain than the ingredients were when administered alone. Dental pharmacology expert Tom Viola, RPh, discusses these findings and some of the background behind them.  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
Centrix launches topical vitamin E treatment
September 12, 2019 -- Centrix has debuted a topical vitamin E treatment for damaged gingival tissue.
2 keys to anesthesia safety: Patient and case selection
September 11, 2019 -- Safe anesthetic procedures begin with patient and case selection, according to oral and maxillofacial surgery expert Dr. Stuart Lieblich. He spoke about keeping patients safe during office-based anesthesia procedures at the recent 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco.  Discuss
4 tips to prevent medication errors
September 4, 2019 -- Medication errors and adverse events are not uncommon, and they seem to be happening with increasing frequency. Experts outlined four ways dentists can help prevent patient harm from medications in the September issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association.  Discuss
Tramadol linked to low blood sugar in new study
September 3, 2019 -- Tramadol is one of the most used opioid analgesics, but new research suggests it may have a severe side effect -- hypoglycemia. Patients who used tramadol were significantly more likely to experience low blood sugar than those who used comparable medications.  Discuss
Dental assistant gets prison sentence for selling opioids
June 21, 2019 -- A dental assistant from Pennsylvania has received a 19-month federal prison sentence for selling oxycodone tablets, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Second Opinion: A comparison of 2 opioid alternatives
May 22, 2019 -- In this Second Opinion, oral surgeon Dr. Colin Bell writes about practical pain management alternatives to opioids, focusing on two specific examples. Dr. Bell also discusses new dental codes for reimbursement while emphasizing patient safety and practitioner awareness of the ongoing opioid epidemic.  Discuss
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.

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