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The real cost of inadequate exams
July 11, 2018 -- An inadequate exam can have repercussions for patients beyond their immediate oral care issue, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He relates a phone call he received from a friend with pain in his upper left molar area.  Discuss
Which endo file is best for reducing post-op pain?
June 22, 2018 -- Not all endodontic files are equal when it comes to reducing pain after root canal treatment. A new study found that patients reported less pain after being treated by one self-adjusting file.  Discuss
U.S. House overwhelmingly passes opioid reform bill
June 22, 2018 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that addresses the ongoing opioid epidemic.  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
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
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
When a toothache isn't really a toothache
May 24, 2018 -- A patient comes into your practice complaining of a toothache, but what happens when the pain isn't originating where the patient feels it? Two orofacial pain experts shared what the red flags are for pain that isn't dental in nature at the recent California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2018 meeting.  Discuss
The future is now: Part 2 -- VR in the dental clinic
April 23, 2018 -- The dental clinic may be the perfect place to test two of the greatest, therapeutic capabilities of virtual reality (VR): the ability to reduce pain and mitigate fear. Find out how one dentist is using VR headsets in his clinic to transform the traditional dentist visit.  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
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
IV Moderate Sedation Training
August 3-26
Baltimore, Maryland United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
August 10
Baltimore, Maryland United States
IV Moderate Sedation Training Houston, TX
September 7-23
Houston, Texas United States