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Pitt commits to opioid-free pain management
November 21, 2019 -- The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) School of Dental Medicine has established opioid-free pain management guidelines for most procedures performed at its clinics. It is the first educational institution in the U.S. to take such action, according to the school.
Can hypnosis reduce opioid use? Maybe
November 19, 2019 -- Can hypnosis and other mind-body therapies reduce the number of opioids needed to treat pain after dental surgery? Maybe, according to the findings of a systematic review recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
CDA journal explores fluoride, pediatric pain, more
November 1, 2019 -- The November issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association touches on several topics, including the history of water fluoridation in the state and pediatric pain.
What you and your patients need to know about benzocaine
October 31, 2019 -- Benzocaine has been in the news lately, and dental pharmacology expert Tom Viola, RPh, discusses the dangers that can be triggered by the anesthetic and also what dental professionals need to know and should be telling their patients about its usage.  Discuss
Provider type affects Medicaid opioid prescription rates
October 31, 2019 -- Dentists may be writing fewer opioid prescriptions for Medicaid patients, but recipients are still likely to get the drugs if emergency room practitioners or others treat their dental problems, according to a study in October issue of thethe Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
U.S. residents use opioids more than immigrants
October 31, 2019 -- U.S. residents are more than five times as likely to use prescription opioids than immigrants, according to a study published October 25 in JAMA Network Open.
Third of Irish dental patients would choose sedation
October 31, 2019 -- A third of dental patients in Ireland would consider sedation for procedures such as fillings and extractions, because of their fear of going to the dentist, according to a news report published in the Digital Journal.
Receptionist sentenced for forging opioid prescriptions
October 30, 2019 -- A former receptionist for a Harrisburg, PA, dentist has been sentenced to federal prison for forging opioid prescriptions, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
New ADA guideline: Antibiotics unnecessary for most toothaches
October 25, 2019 -- Antibiotics are not recommended for most toothaches for managing urgent dental pain and swelling, according to a new ADA guideline published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Instead, antibiotics should be reserved for patients with systemic conditions, such as fever, brought on by dental conditions.  Discuss
ADA supports drug take-back event
October 24, 2019 -- The ADA is taking an active role in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 26. The goal of the event is to safely dispose of unused prescription medications and raise awareness and action to the U.S. opioid public health crisis.
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.

Conferences
Yankee Dental Congress 2020
Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
February 7-23, 2020
San Diego, California United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
February 14, 2020
San Diego, California United States
Sedation Permit Renewal/Refresher for Dentistry
February 15, 2020
San Diego, California United States