Anesthesia & Pain Management Sponsored by Septodont
Lasers reduce pain after extraction, implant surgeries
September 14, 2021 -- Low-level lasers reduced pain following extraction and implant surgeries in a pair of blinded randomized controlled trials published recently in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. Read More
Dental Dose: Why prilocaine is arguably the best anesthetic
September 10, 2021 -- So far on Dental Dose, pharmacologist Tom Viola, PhD, has covered the advantages of articaine, lidocaine, Carbocaine, and bupivacaine. But he's saved arguably the best local anesthetic for last: prilocaine. Read More
Do you know which orofacial signs are linked to Lyme disease?
August 25, 2021 -- A new systematic review has identified more than half a dozen orofacial manifestations of Lyme disease, including temporomandibular joint pain, altered taste, and facial palsy. The findings were published in the August issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene. Read More
New paper highlights steps to change TMD treatment
August 17, 2021 -- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have recommended overhauling temporomandibular disorder (TMD) treatment. An August 13 article published in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology highlights the recommendations and steps taken to address them. 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
Parotid abscesses cause rare facial palsy in 2 women
August 4, 2021 -- Parotid gland abscesses caused unusual facial nerve palsy in two patients, according to a case report published on July 30 in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. Only 15 other cases of parotid abscess-induced facial palsy have been reported, the authors noted. Read More
Survey: 9% of U.S. adults report tooth/jaw pain
August 3, 2021 -- Approximately 9% of adults reported pain in the tooth or jaw in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Interview Survey. Read More
CBD spray may help treat oral ulcers
July 22, 2021 -- Cannabidiol (CBD) oral spray may inhibit inflammation in tongue ulcers, relieve pain, and accelerate the closure of lesions, according to an animal study presented at the virtual 2021 meeting of the International Association for Dental Research. The finding may help advance efforts to develop new therapeutic strategies for oral ulcers. Read More
Drug overdose deaths soar 30% during the pandemic
July 14, 2021 -- Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. climbed nearly 30% in 2020, according to preliminary data released on July 14 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 93,331 deaths last year represent the highest number of overdose deaths ever during a 12-month period. 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
September 10-26
Houston, Texas United States
Sedation Permit Renewal CE Course
September 21
Houston, Texas United States
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Annual Meeting
September 27 - October 2
Nashville, Tennessee United States
IV Moderate Sedation Training
October 8-26
Denver, Colorado United States
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for Dentists and Staff
October 15
Denver, Colorado United States