Anesthesia & Pain Management Sponsored by Septodont
Music and aromatherapy can help anxious pediatric patients
July 1, 2022 -- Music therapy combined with aromatherapy can effectively manage fear of dental care and associated anxiety in school-aged children, according to a study published on June 30 in the Journal of Dental Sciences. 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
Why the war in Ukraine might make root canals more difficult
June 16, 2022 -- The war in Ukraine is being felt worldwide, and the U.S. healthcare system is not immune. Supplies of helium, critical for magnetic resonance imaging machines, and nitrous oxide, important for dentistry, are two healthcare products that have been mired by shortages. Read More
Computer-controlled anesthesia cuts the ouch for kids
May 25, 2022 -- Children injected with computer-controlled intraligamentary anesthesia prior to molar extractions felt less pain than those given typical inferior alveolar nerve blocks, according to a study published May 20 in BMC Oral Health. Read More
NY hygienists can give nitrous oxide, local anesthesia
May 18, 2022 -- Dental hygienists in New York now can administer local infiltration anesthesia and nitrous oxide to patients while assisting dentists with all dental procedures, thanks to a bill that was recently signed into law. Read More
Lidocaine shot may have led to patient's heart attack
April 5, 2022 -- A local injection of lidocaine during dental treatment possibly induced a coronary artery spasm, potentially resulting in a 50-year-old man's heart attack, according to a case report published April 3 in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences. Read More
Oral surgeon charged with murder of patient-turned-girlfriend
March 25, 2022 -- An oral surgeon in Maryland was arrested for his alleged involvement in the overdose death of a 25-year-old former patient who later became his employee and girlfriend, according to a press release from the Montgomery County Department of Police. Read More
Dentists urge better monitoring after 5-year-old's sedation scare
March 23, 2022 -- Some clinicians are urging dentists to use a new method to better monitor sedated dental patients after a 5-year-old boy didn't wake up for an hour following intravenous sedation. The correspondence was published March 16 in the Journal of Dental Sciences. Read More
Dealing with the 'I still feel that' during anesthesia delivery
February 24, 2022 -- Achieving complete anesthesia of a patient's tooth that needs treatment when everything else in the mouth seems numb is the most common difficulty clinicians face, according to a presenter at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. 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.

Conferences
IV Moderate Sedation Training
August 5-21
Raleigh, North Carolina United States
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for Dentists and Staff
August 12
Raleigh, North Carolina United States
Sedation Permit Renewal/Refresher for Dentistry
August 13
Raleigh, North Carolina United States
IV Moderate Sedation Training
September 9-25
Houston, Texas United States