Anesthesia & Pain Management
What every dentist and team member should know about these 2 drugs
July 1, 2020 -- A new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning regarding gabapentin and pregabalin recently caught the eye of Tom Viola, RPh. Now, he has some advice to share with DrBicuspid.com readers on why the warning is something they should understand and heed.  Discuss
UTHSC secures $1.7M for opioid addiction studies
June 8, 2020 -- Researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) have been awarded $1.7 million from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to study the genetic factors of opioid addiction.
Podcast: Thoughts on pain control and prescriptions after COVID-19's rise
June 5, 2020 -- Tom Viola, RPh, has some advice to share with DrBicuspid.com readers on opioid usage and pain control as dental practices continue to move forward after the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent disruption.  Discuss
Antipain center discovered in mice may lead to new painkillers
May 21, 2020 -- Scientists have discovered a small area in the brains of mice that dampens their sense of pain, which could eventually lead to new pain management treatments for humans, according to a study published on May 18 in Nature Neuroscience.  Discuss
Antibiotics alter how brains of rats react to opioids
May 8, 2020 -- New research shows that antibiotics may change how the gut-brain connection works in rats dependent on opioids. The use of antibiotics altered the way the rats' brains responded to opioid use and withdrawal, according to the findings of a study published on April 27 in ENeuro.  Discuss
Podcast: Busting one of the biggest myths about pain control and COVID-19
April 1, 2020 -- Tom Viola, RPh, has some advice to share with DrBicuspid.com readers on managing pain in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as some thoughts on smoking and marijuana usage in these historic days.  Discuss
Study finds opioids less effective after tooth extraction
March 24, 2020 -- Patients who took opioids for pain relief after tooth extraction reported higher levels of pain than patients who took other analgesics in a new study, published in JAMA Network Open. The findings suggest nonopioid analgesics should be the first-line pain relief for extractions.  Discuss
Dentist pleads guilty to diverting oxycodone for own use
March 18, 2020 -- A dentist in Wisconsin has admitted to writing a prescription for oxycodone to his dental hygienist and then having her divert the painkillers to him for his personal use, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin.  Discuss
Combination ibuprofen + acetaminophen effective for dental pain management
March 16, 2020 -- Recent studies have consistently demonstrated that a combination analgesic containing acetaminophen and ibuprofen was more effective in treating dental pain than the ingredients were when administered alone. Dental pharmacology expert Tom Viola, RPh, discusses these findings and some of the background behind them.  Discuss
Dental ER patients often get antibiotics, opioids
March 6, 2020 -- Clinicians frequently prescribe antibiotics and opioids to patients who visit emergency rooms (ER) with nontraumatic dental problems, according to a new study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
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.

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Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
August 7-23
Raleigh, North Carolina United States
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August 14
Raleigh, North Carolina United States
Sedation Permit Renewal/Refresher for Dentistry
August 15
Raleigh, North Carolina United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
September 11-27
Houston, Texas United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
September 18
Houston, Texas United States