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Exparel significantly reduces pain after implant surgery
October 12, 2018 -- An injectable anesthetic may be able to dull pain after major implant surgery. A recent study found that the bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension Exparel significantly reduced pain for patients who underwent full-arch implant placement.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Rethinking pain management
October 9, 2018 -- While dentists are not the primary prescribers of opioid analgesics, it is time to take a closer look at acute pain management and change prescribing behavior, writes oral surgeon Dr. Solomon Poyourow in this Second Opinion column.  Discuss
New guidelines recommend optimal number of opioids
August 29, 2018 -- How many opioids should you prescribe following dental surgery? It depends on the procedure, according to a panel of dental experts from Johns Hopkins University. They recently published new prescribing guidelines for 14 types of dental procedures.  Discuss
FDA awards contract for opioid prescribing guidelines
August 22, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded a contract to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to develop evidence-based, indication-specific guidelines for appropriate prescribing of opioid analgesics.  Discuss
Opioids for third-molar extractions linked to persistent use
August 7, 2018 -- Adolescents and young adults who fill an opioid prescription for wisdom teeth extractions are more than twice as likely to continue filling opioid prescriptions weeks or months later, according to new research published on August 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Managing pain for the adolescent brain
June 18, 2018 -- Fast cars, unprotected sex, and opioid addiction? The brains of adolescents are wired to take risks, and dentists are often the first professionals to prescribe opioids to this population. Learn how one expert recommended treating teenagers and young adults during a recent ADA webinar.  Discuss
Study: U.S. opioid deaths increased 300% from 2001 to 2016
June 1, 2018 -- In the latest research to quantify the opioid epidemic in the U.S., researchers found that opioid-related deaths increased by more than 300% over a 15-year period. The researchers also reported that men accounted for two-thirds of all opioid-related deaths in 2016.  Discuss
Review advises conservative approach for painful TMD
April 11, 2018 -- What's the best way to manage pain in patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD)? Authors of a recent review propose a conservative approach that includes multiple kinds of treatments, including dental, psychological, medical, and physical therapies.  Discuss
Does IV acetaminophen offer pain relief after third-molar surgery?
April 11, 2018 -- Is intravenous (IV) acetaminophen a viable pain management option after third-molar extraction? In a recent study, researchers tested intravenous acetaminophen against a placebo of IV saline in 72 patients to find out.  Discuss
How to overcome your patients' 4 most common fears
April 6, 2018 -- Dr. Scott Shamblott's practice focuses on patients with dental anxiety and phobias. Over time, he's been able to categorize these fears into four categories: fear of pain, fear of needles, fear of lectures, and fear of losing control. He offers practical, tested techniques to help you help your patients overcome these fears.  Discuss
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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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