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Dental products featured on proposed U.S. tariff list
April 4, 2018 -- The dental industry has gotten caught up in the trade showdown between the U.S. and China, with a number of key dental products showing up on a list of products and materials that will have tariffs slapped on them.  Discuss
Race, sex affect Medicaid opioid prescription rates
April 2, 2018 -- Dentists are writing fewer opioid prescriptions than other practitioners, but prescribing patterns differ by a patient's race, ethnicity, and sex, as well as by provider type. That's according to a new study of Medicaid recipients published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
JADA: Dentists are prescribing more opioids than ever
March 30, 2018 -- The number of opioids prescribed by dentists appears to be increasing over time, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Dentists prescribed more opioids in 2015 than they did in 2010, the researchers found.  Discuss
AADR 2018: Local anesthetic does not improve post-op comfort in kids
March 28, 2018 -- Does providing postoperative local anesthetic in addition to intravenous analgesics improve comfort in children undergoing dental surgery under general anesthesia? Research presented on March 24 at the 2018 American Association of Dental Research (AADR) meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL, took a look.  Discuss
ADA announces new opioid policy
March 26, 2018 -- The ADA has announced a new policy on opioid pain medications in an attempt to address the ongoing opioid epidemic in the U.S. The policy has three key components: mandatory continuing education, limits on duration of opioid use, and registering with prescription drug monitoring programs.  Discuss
New U.S. spending bill allocates billions for opioid crisis
March 26, 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill on March 23 that includes billions of dollars in funding to combat the opioid epidemic.  Discuss
Infographic: Trends in dental anesthesiology
March 20, 2018 -- The average dentist anesthesiologist is a man who works at least four days per week and is optimistic about the future of the profession, according to a recent survey of more than 200 dentist anesthesiologists in the U.S. and Canada.  Discuss
Dental fear associated with pain, caries
March 19, 2018 -- Fear of the dentist may have broad consequences for oral health, according to the findings of a new study. Children who expressed dental fear were more likely to experience caries, pain, and a poor perception of their own dental health.  Discuss
Pharmacy, not dentist, is 1st stop when kids have oral pain
March 12, 2018 -- Less than a third of children with oral pain saw a dentist before their parents went to a pharmacy for pain medication in a recent survey. In addition, about the same percentage of children saw a physician or school nurse rather than a dentist for a diagnosis of their oral pain, researchers found.  Discuss
Do patients with head and neck cancer get more opioids?
March 8, 2018 -- Patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer were significantly more likely to be prescribed opioid medications than patients diagnosed with lung or colon cancer in a new study, published on March 8. The findings highlight the need for healthcare professionals to be mindful of opioid prescriptions in this patient population.  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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