Anesthesia & Pain Management
Oral surgeon ordered to pay $4M to accuser of assault while sedated
February 25, 2020 -- A North Carolina oral surgeon must pay $4 million in a civil suit filed by one of his former patients who accused him of sexual assault while she was sedated, according to news reports. The surgeon had been suspended from practicing since he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting about 20 patients while they were sedated.  Discuss
Fla. dental assistant arrested for assaulting sedated teen
February 19, 2020 -- A dental assistant in Florida was arrested on February 13 for allegedly sexually assaulting a sedated 18-year-old girl who he was prepping for third-molar extractions, according to news reports.  Discuss
Third of Irish dental patients would choose sedation
October 31, 2019 -- A third of dental patients in Ireland would consider sedation for procedures such as fillings and extractions, because of their fear of going to the dentist, according to a news report published in the Digital Journal.
Owner of Wash. dental practice fined in boy's death
October 17, 2019 -- The owner of Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Vancouver, WA, has been fined $5,000 in connection with the death of a 4-year-old patient.
Wisc. dentists lobby against sedation proposal
October 15, 2019 -- A group of Wisconsin dentists called the Concerned Dentists of Wisconsin is circulating a petition to encourage the Wisconsin dental board to not adopt proposed changes to training requirements for dental treatments requiring oral sedation.
Propofol shows promise for conscious sedation
October 14, 2019 -- Propofol is one of the most used drugs for general anesthesia, but the findings of a new study suggest that the medication may also be beneficial for conscious sedation. Researchers from the U.K. found that propofol helped anxious adolescents successfully receive dental treatment while awake.  Discuss
Special needs patients require unique anesthetic approaches
September 27, 2019 -- Safe, successful dental treatments in special needs patients depend on choosing the right anesthetic methods and equipment and having a skilled staff, according to the author of a recent study. Utilizing the appropriate anesthetic approach and taking serious precautions can reduce complications in these patients.  Discuss
2 keys to anesthesia safety: Patient and case selection
September 11, 2019 -- Safe anesthetic procedures begin with patient and case selection, according to oral and maxillofacial surgery expert Dr. Stuart Lieblich. He spoke about keeping patients safe during office-based anesthesia procedures at the recent 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco.  Discuss
Anesthesia and patient safety are a team effort
September 10, 2019 -- Oral surgeon Dr. Colin Bell is in the unique position of reviewing claims for anesthesia use for a malpractice insurance company. In this role, he is often asked by dentists how they can minimize the risks of anesthesia administration. He offers a practical blueprint of essential considerations to enhance patient safety.  Discuss
4 tips to prevent medication errors
September 4, 2019 -- Medication errors and adverse events are not uncommon, and they seem to be happening with increasing frequency. Experts outlined four ways dentists can help prevent patient harm from medications in the September issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association.  Discuss
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Conferences
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
March 27 - April 29
Seattle, Washington United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
April 17
San Antonio, Texas United States
Sedation Permit Renewal/Refresher for Dentistry
April 18
Seattle, Washington United States
Pacific Northwest Dental Conference
May 28-30
Seattle, Washington United States