Anesthesia & Pain Management Sponsored by Septodont
UT Health awarded $9.8M to study jaw pain
January 26, 2023 -- The University of Texas (UT) Health San Antonio School of Dentistry has received a $9.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how sensory neurons in the jaw influence pain. Read More
Study: NSAIDs beat opioids for pain management
January 19, 2023 -- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) resulted in better pain-related outcomes than opioids for acute pain management after tooth extractions, according to a recently published study in the Journal of Dental Research. Read More
Is the key to improving trismus in the laundry room?
January 10, 2023 -- Opening a wooden clothespin inside the mouth may be a hack for improving trismus in patients, according to a technical note published on January 6 in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
How to better predict a patient's risk of postsurgical pain
January 3, 2023 -- Clinical factors, including pain severity before and during root canals, may better predict the risk of postoperative pain than sociodemographic characteristics such as race and income, according to a study published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. Read More
Combo of anesthesia and technique key to numbing patients
December 16, 2022 -- While a robust armamentarium is available for dentists to effectively administer anesthesia, the key to success is finding the right balance in the use of its tools and techniques, according to a recent webinar. Read More
Clinicians are feeling the pain of prolonged mask use
December 2, 2022 -- Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experiencing orofacial pain, including temporomandibular disorders, related to the ongoing use of N95 filtering facepiece respirators and masks. The perspective was published on December 1 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Regional anesthesia cuts opioid use in oral reconstructions
November 15, 2022 -- Supplemental regional anesthesia may reduce opioid use in patients following microvascular free flap reconstruction of the oral cavity, according to a study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
3D maps of TMJ sensory neurons help researchers study pain
November 15, 2022 -- A joint U.S. health and pain reduction consortium granted awards to researchers to create 3D innervation maps of different sensory neurons found in the knee and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to study how neurons create pain. Read More
Mitigating anxiety before 3rd-molar surgery
November 7, 2022 -- Telling patients what they can expect before a third-molar extraction procedure may help reduce their dental anxiety and postoperative pain, according to a study published on November 1 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
50% of dentists report patients show up high
November 4, 2022 -- About half of U.S. dentists reported having patients arrive at dental appointments high on marijuana or other drugs, and more patients are telling clinicians that they regularly use cannabis now that it has been legalized in many states, according to the ADA. Read More
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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.

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