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Oral surgeons change opioid-prescribing habits
October 11, 2022 -- Though U.S. oral and maxillofacial surgeons decreased overall opioid prescribing by 20% between 2016 and 2019, they wrote more prescriptions for codeine and tramadol, according to a brief communication published on October 9 in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Read More
NSAIDs or acetaminophen: Which med is best for orthodontic pain?
August 16, 2022 -- Over-the-counter analgesics can effectively treat orthodontic pain, according to a review published on August 11 in the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. The analysis found no significant differences in pain relief between common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen. Read More
Painkillers for acute pain may cause hurt in the long run
August 11, 2022 -- Challenging prior notions about inflammation and pain, researchers discovered a robust inflammatory response that appears to protect against chronic pain rather than contribute to it. The findings suggest suppressing inflammation to treat acute pain may hinder long-term pain relief. Read More
10 reasons why dentists do -- and don't -- prescribe opioids
August 10, 2022 -- From witnessing a family member struggle with substance abuse to performing a procedure on a Friday, dentists have a variety of personal and professional reasons for their opioid prescription habits. A study in the Journal of the American Dental Association highlighted 10 major factors that influence dentists' prescription decisions. Read More
Is there a better way to treat severe periodontitis?
August 5, 2022 -- Combining conventional scaling with an anti-infective drug treatment may improve outcomes for patients with severe periodontitis, according to a commentary published on August 1 in Periodontology 2000. Read More
ADA antibiotic guidelines are still shifting dental practices
July 15, 2022 -- New guidelines on antibiotic use for tooth pain and intraoral swelling have shifted the mindset about the use of antibiotics in dentistry, according to a session held on July 12 at the Illinois Department of Public Health's 2022 Illinois Summit on Antimicrobial Stewardship. Read More
Most ED visits for toothaches result in antibiotics
July 8, 2022 -- Most adults and children who visit the emergency department (ED) for toothaches leave with prescriptions for antibiotics, according to a retrospective study published July 6 in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine Read More
Man cleared for treatment after dentist hypnotizes him
July 6, 2022 -- A dentist in New York hypnotized a 51-year-old patient to reduce his high blood pressure, clearing him to undergo scheduled restorative treatment, according to a case report recently published in the International Journal of Dentistry and Oral Health. Read More
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
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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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