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Study reports epinephrine safe in heart failure patients
November 13, 2018 -- Should epinephrine be used with local anesthesia for dental procedures in adult patients who previously had heart failure? Researchers reported their answer to this question in a poster at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions on November 11.  Discuss
Nitrous oxide and ibuprofen may dull pulpitis pain in kids
October 24, 2018 -- A combination of nitrous oxide and ibuprofen may help dull the pain of children undergoing vital pulp therapy for irreversible pulpitis. A new study found that the combination significantly bolstered children's pain relief compared with those who received ibuprofen alone.  Discuss
Ensuring pediatric sedation safety top concern of anesthesiologist
October 18, 2018 -- SAN FRANCISCO - When it comes to pediatric sedation safety, it is important for dentists and anesthesiologists to work together to ensure that properly trained practitioners are at every procedure, according to Dr. Samuel Wald. He spoke at this week's American Society of Anesthesiologists 2018 annual meeting.  Discuss
CDA Presents 2018: 1st day highlights video
September 8, 2018 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Missed the first day of the California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2018 meeting? Now you can catch up as DrBicuspid.com's Editor-in-Chief Tony Edwards and Associate Editor Theresa Pablos bring you up to date on our coverage and conference developments.  Discuss
CDA Presents 2018: Consider anesthesia's impact on kids
September 7, 2018 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Dental anesthesiologist Dr. Leonard Naftalin advocated for more communication with patients concerning the safety of anesthesia in dental procedures, while acknowledging that more research is needed, in a presentation at the California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2018 meeting on September 6.  Discuss
Does articaine damage neural cells more than lidocaine?
July 20, 2018 -- Reports of infrequent but prolonged paresthesias after the use of 4% articaine beg the question of whether this local anesthetic is more neurotoxic than lidocaine. To learn more, researchers conducted in vitro experiments that produced some unexpected results.  Discuss
Review compares treatment success of injectable anesthetics
July 17, 2018 -- One reason patients cite for avoiding dental treatment is fear of pain during and after a procedure. Researchers conducted a comprehensive review of published studies to see if one injectable anesthetic worked better than others in different clinical situations. Their findings might help guide your clinical practice.  Discuss
How much local anesthetic should you use?
June 15, 2018 -- What's the maximum recommended dose for lidocaine or mepivacaine? The answer remains unclear as guidelines published by dental organizations, manufacturers, and textbooks vary, so researchers surveyed faculty at U.S. dental schools to learn more about the standards they teach.  Discuss
China product tariffs to be announced June 15
May 30, 2018 -- The dental industry will know on June 15 if key products and materials imported from China will have a 25% tariff imposed by the U.S. government.
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.