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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
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.
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
Dental never events: Moving beyond wrong-tooth extraction
May 23, 2018 -- Can you identify the "never events" in dentistry -- patient care incidents that safety experts agree should never happen? The concept of these never events is familiar in medicine, but its use in dentistry is more limited. An international team of researchers developed a list of dental never events that goes beyond wrong-tooth extraction.  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
New data break down dentist stats by state, specialty
April 10, 2018 -- General dentists are once again the most common type of dentists, according to newly published data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The data break down dentist statistics by gender, specialty, and state.  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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