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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
Bupivacaine liposome gets 2019 CDT code
November 12, 2018 -- The ADA has created a new Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) for Exparel, a bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension from Pacira Pharmaceuticals.
Does laser therapy boost healing after tooth extraction?
October 30, 2018 -- Using a laser for wound healing after tooth extraction remains controversial. A new review looked at the evidence and found that laser treatment improved would healing but with some important caveats.  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
Exparel significantly reduces pain after implant surgery
October 12, 2018 -- An injectable anesthetic may be able to dull pain after major implant surgery. A recent study found that the bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension Exparel significantly reduced pain for patients who underwent full-arch implant placement.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Rethinking pain management
October 9, 2018 -- While dentists are not the primary prescribers of opioid analgesics, it is time to take a closer look at acute pain management and change prescribing behavior, writes oral surgeon Dr. Solomon Poyourow in this Second Opinion column.  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
DOD grants $2.4M to NYU dental researcher
September 5, 2018 -- The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded a $2.4 million grant to two New York researchers, including one from the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry.  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.