Anesthesia & Pain Management
Antipain center discovered in mice may lead to new painkillers
May 21, 2020 -- Scientists have discovered a small area in the brains of mice that dampens their sense of pain, which could eventually lead to new pain management treatments for humans, according to a study published on May 18 in Nature Neuroscience.  Discuss
3-cm swallowed dental needle removed from patient's neck
May 19, 2020 -- Clinicians removed a 3-cm needle from a patient who swallowed it, likely during a dental procedure, according to a recent case report published in the April issue of the Journal of Dental Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.  Discuss
Antibiotics alter how brains of rats react to opioids
May 8, 2020 -- New research shows that antibiotics may change how the gut-brain connection works in rats dependent on opioids. The use of antibiotics altered the way the rats' brains responded to opioid use and withdrawal, according to the findings of a study published on April 27 in ENeuro.  Discuss
Podcast: Busting one of the biggest myths about pain control and COVID-19
April 1, 2020 -- Tom Viola, RPh, has some advice to share with DrBicuspid.com readers on managing pain in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as some thoughts on smoking and marijuana usage in these historic days.  Discuss
Study finds opioids less effective after tooth extraction
March 24, 2020 -- Patients who took opioids for pain relief after tooth extraction reported higher levels of pain than patients who took other analgesics in a new study, published in JAMA Network Open. The findings suggest nonopioid analgesics should be the first-line pain relief for extractions.  Discuss
Dentist pleads guilty to diverting oxycodone for own use
March 18, 2020 -- A dentist in Wisconsin has admitted to writing a prescription for oxycodone to his dental hygienist and then having her divert the painkillers to him for his personal use, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin.  Discuss
Combination ibuprofen + acetaminophen effective for dental pain management
March 16, 2020 -- Recent studies have consistently demonstrated that a combination analgesic containing acetaminophen and ibuprofen was more effective in treating dental pain than the ingredients were when administered alone. Dental pharmacology expert Tom Viola, RPh, discusses these findings and some of the background behind them.  Discuss
Dental ER patients often get antibiotics, opioids
March 6, 2020 -- Clinicians frequently prescribe antibiotics and opioids to patients who visit emergency rooms (ER) with nontraumatic dental problems, according to a new study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
Oral surgeon ordered to pay $4M to accuser of assault while sedated
February 25, 2020 -- A North Carolina oral surgeon must pay $4 million in a civil suit filed by one of his former patients who accused him of sexual assault while she was sedated, according to news reports. The surgeon had been suspended from practicing since he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting about 20 patients while they were sedated.  Discuss
Fla. dental assistant arrested for assaulting sedated teen
February 19, 2020 -- A dental assistant in Florida was arrested on February 13 for allegedly sexually assaulting a sedated 18-year-old girl who he was prepping for third-molar extractions, according to news reports.  Discuss
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