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3 factors that influence dentist opioid prescriptions
June 23, 2022 -- A prescription for antibiotics, the use of sedation, and even whether a dental student was involved in the procedure are just some of the factors that influence whether a prescription for opioids was given after a tooth extraction, reports a study published on June 9 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Can hypnosis relieve acute dental pain?
June 20, 2022 -- Can hypnosis be an alternative to medication for relieving acute dental pain? Although there are only a few dozen studies on the topic, the evidence is promising that hypnosis can help relieve dental pain, according to a systematic review published June 16 in the Journal of Dentistry. Read More
Dental Dose: Don't be married to benzocaine
April 29, 2022 -- In this episode of Dental Dose, pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, shares why dental professionals should consider topical anesthetics beyond benzocaine. Read More
Dentist misrepresented herself as a patient to get oxycodone
April 19, 2022 -- A New York dentist has admitted to misrepresenting herself as one of her patients to fraudulently obtain oxycodone for her own use, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York. Read More
Dental Dose: Take precautions for patients with asthma
April 1, 2022 -- Dental Dose addresses two facets of dental pharmacology: medications used in dentistry with systemic effects and medications used for nondental conditions that impact dentistry. Treating patients with asthma tackles both sides of dental pharmacology, explained Tom Viola in the latest episode. Read More
Tramadol-dexketoprofen combo effective for 3rd-molar extraction
March 29, 2022 -- A combination of the opioid class drug tramadol and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) dexketoprofen proved more effective than ibuprofen alone for managing pain after third-molar extraction, according to a report published in the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice. Read More
Shot of generic Botox eases woman's nondental tooth pain
March 7, 2022 -- An injection of botulinum toxin A, a neurotoxin marketed under the brand names Botox, Jeuveau, and Xeomin protein, weakened the myofascial pain of a 39-year-old woman with a nonodontogenic toothache, according to a case report recently published in Clinical Case Reports. Read More
My jaw pain is killing me: 10 causes and treatments
February 23, 2022 -- Jonathan showed up in Dr. Alvin Danenberg's office complaining of severe pain in his tooth, jaw muscles, and jaw joint. At first Danenberg suspected a failing root canal, but further investigation revealed something more. He explains common causes of jaw pain and how he cured Jonathan's. Read More
Mouse study findings could lead to safer pain meds
February 8, 2022 -- A team of neurobiologists discovered a brain circuit in mice that underlies the connection between pain, anxiety, and breathing. If similar neurons are found in humans, it could pave the way for safer pain-relieving medications -- and potentially reduce opioid overdose deaths. Read More
Dental Dose: TikTok trend with serious side effects
January 14, 2022 -- In this episode of Dental Dose, pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, talks about a viral TikTok trend that led teenagers to take high doses of common over-the-counter medications. 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.

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