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Computerized anesthesia devices cause less pain, anxiety
December 14, 2021 -- Using computerized anesthesia devices results in less pain and anxiety for adult dental patients compared to traditional anesthesia delivery, according to a review article published online in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Decay already prevalent at kids' 1st dental visit
October 7, 2021 -- More than 20% of children need restorative treatment by the time of their first dental exam, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The risk of treatment also increases with each year a child waits to see the dentist. Read More
Dental Dose: Why prilocaine is arguably the best anesthetic
September 10, 2021 -- So far on Dental Dose, pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, has covered the advantages of articaine, lidocaine, Carbocaine, and bupivacaine. But he's saved arguably the best local anesthetic for last: prilocaine. Read More
Parents sue dental office for death of 3-year-old boy
August 20, 2021 -- The parents of a 3-year-old boy who died following a dental procedure in Wichita, KS, are suing the dentist, the dental office, the nurse anesthetist, and the anesthesia company involved in the case, according to an article on KSN.com. Read More
What's on my chair for posterior CAD/CAM restorations
August 17, 2021 -- What's on My Chair is a new series on DrBicuspid.com in which dental professionals share the tools and techniques they use for specific types of procedures and cases. In the first episode, digital dentistry expert Dr. Steven Gold shares how he prepares and places posterior CAD/CAM restorations. Read More
NC oral surgeon gives up license forever due to patient death
August 17, 2021 -- A North Carolina oral surgeon has surrendered his license permanently following the death of a patient during a dental procedure, according to an order signed August 16 by the North Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners. Read More
Are you using throat packs? It may be time to reconsider
August 13, 2021 -- Throat packs may not effectively prevent patients from ingesting blood during oral surgery or improve postprocedure nausea and vomiting, according to results from a randomized controlled trial published on August 6 in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Dental Dose: Carbocaine's greatest strength is also its biggest weakness
August 13, 2021 -- Dental Dose is back with the continuation of our series on local anesthetics. In this episode, pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, shares what you need to know about mepivacaine -- often better known by the brand name Carbocaine. Read More
You're not dreaming: Hypnosis works as an anesthetic
August 6, 2021 -- Hypnosis is a safe, effective, and inexpensive technique that could be used in place of anesthesia during dental procedures, according to a clinical report published on July 28 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Ill. man dies after being administered too much anesthesia
July 27, 2021 -- An Illinois man died after being administered an inappropriate amount of anesthesia during dental surgery, according to a report published on July 26 in the Lake and McHenry County Scanner. Read More
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