Anesthesia & Pain Management
New Calif. prescription form requirements take effect
January 14, 2019 -- California dentists writing prescriptions for controlled substances are now required to use forms that include a unique serialized number approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.
New resource offers guidance on opioids for pregnant women
December 7, 2018 -- What considerations should you have when prescribing opioids for pregnant women? The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center created a new guide to help dentists answer this very question.  Discuss
Study: Opioid prescriptions by dentists linked to abuse risk
December 3, 2018 -- Opioid prescriptions by dentists and oral surgeons may lead to a statistically significant increased risk of persistent opioid use and abuse for adolescents and young adults, according to a major new study in JAMA Internal Medicine on December 3.  Discuss
Bupivacaine liposome gets 2019 CDT code
November 12, 2018 -- The ADA has created a new Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) for Exparel, a bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension from Pacira Pharmaceuticals.
Nitrous oxide and ibuprofen may dull pulpitis pain in kids
October 24, 2018 -- A combination of nitrous oxide and ibuprofen may help dull the pain of children undergoing vital pulp therapy for irreversible pulpitis. A new study found that the combination significantly bolstered children's pain relief compared with those who received ibuprofen alone.  Discuss
Exparel significantly reduces pain after implant surgery
October 12, 2018 -- An injectable anesthetic may be able to dull pain after major implant surgery. A recent study found that the bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension Exparel significantly reduced pain for patients who underwent full-arch implant placement.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Rethinking pain management
October 9, 2018 -- While dentists are not the primary prescribers of opioid analgesics, it is time to take a closer look at acute pain management and change prescribing behavior, writes oral surgeon Dr. Solomon Poyourow in this Second Opinion column.  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.

Conferences
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
September 11-27
Houston, Texas United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
October 9-25
Denver, Colorado United States
ACLS Training for Dentists and Staff
October 16
Denver, Colorado United States
Sedation Permit Renewal/Refresher for Dentistry
October 17
Denver, Colorado United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
November 6-23
Dallas, Texas United States