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Results mixed for cold therapy after tooth extraction
April 19, 2019 -- Can cold therapy help patients after third-molar surgery? The results of a recent scientific review are mixed. While cold may be helpful for managing swelling, its other benefits are questionable.  Discuss
Can a mouthwash relieve oral mucositis pain?
April 18, 2019 -- More than 80% of patients with head and neck cancer develop painful oral mucositis during radiation treatment. Researchers compared two frequently used mouthwashes with a placebo mouthwash to measure the pain relief they provided.  Discuss
New research focuses on endo pain relief issues
April 12, 2019 -- New research on pain control and management for patients was presented on April 11 at the 2019 American Association of Endodontists annual meeting in Montreal. The presentations included research on the use of photodynamic therapy, persistent pain after root end surgery, and the link between depression and postoperative pain.  Discuss
Benco to distribute StellaLife pain management products
April 3, 2019 -- Benco Dental has announced a partnership with biotechnology company StellaLife to distribute the company's alternative pain management products.
New survey looks at anesthesia trends, safety in 2019
March 20, 2019 -- How safe is the use of anesthesia in traditional oral surgery? The results of a recent survey of oral and maxillofacial surgeons suggest that the most severe anesthesia complications are very rare, occurring in less than one person out of thousands of patients.  Discuss
Calif. halts new prescription requirements law
March 18, 2019 -- California has temporarily halted a law that requires dentists writing prescriptions for controlled substances to use forms that include a unique serialized number approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Anesthesiology recognized as dental specialty
March 13, 2019 -- The U.S. National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards has announced that dental anesthesiology will become the 10th recognized dental specialty.
Study finds Botox-A effective in treating TMD
March 12, 2019 -- The goal when treating patients with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is to relieve their symptoms and help them regain jaw movements. An injection of botulinum toxin type A (Botox-A) may help when conservative treatments are not successful, according to a new study.  Discuss
Family history is a risk factor for long-term opioid use
February 27, 2019 -- Dentists may want to ask about family members' opioid use before prescribing an opioid to a patient for oral surgery. Adolescents with persistent opioid use were nearly twice as likely to have a family member who also used opioids regularly in a new study, published on February 27.  Discuss
Can an intranasal NSAID offer relief for endodontic pain?
February 20, 2019 -- Which pain reliever do you prescribe for patients experiencing pain from their untreated endodontic symptoms? A new study compared the intranasal form of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) ketorolac with a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen to see which is more effective.  Discuss
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Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients

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