Anesthesia & Pain Management Sponsored by Pacira Pharmaceuticals
New app takes bruxism, TMD monitoring on the go
January 17, 2019 -- Researchers have created a mobile application that monitors patients during their daily routine. The prototype may one day help clinicians diagnosis and monitor bruxism, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and other jaw-related disorders outside of the clinic.  Discuss
New Calif. prescription form requirements take effect
January 14, 2019 -- California dentists writing prescriptions for controlled substances are now required to use forms that include a unique serialized number approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Vibrations and cold may ease kids' injection pain
January 2, 2019 -- For many children, seeing a long, silver needle headed for their mouth is one of the most fear-inducing parts of dentistry. But a bee-shaped distraction device may help ease this pain and anxiety, according to the findings of a new study.  Discuss
Case report: Anesthesia-free subgingival restoration
December 11, 2018 -- Dr. Joshua Weintraub reports on the case of a 67-year-old man found to have recurrent subgingival decay under an old composite restoration on examination. He describes performing a gingivectomy and restoring the tooth using a laser for treatment.  Discuss
New resource offers guidance on opioids for pregnant women
December 7, 2018 -- What considerations should you have when prescribing opioids for pregnant women? The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center created a new guide to help dentists answer this very question.  Discuss
Questionnaire helps distinguish between types of orofacial pain
December 4, 2018 -- A questionnaire originally developed for patients with lower back pain may be able to help distinguish between different types of orofacial pain. Researchers found that higher scores on the painDETECT screening questionnaire were able to help rule out pain that is musculoskeletal or dental in nature.  Discuss
Study: Opioid prescriptions by dentists linked to abuse risk
December 3, 2018 -- Opioid prescriptions by dentists and oral surgeons may lead to a statistically significant increased risk of persistent opioid use and abuse for adolescents and young adults, according to a major new study in JAMA Internal Medicine on December 3.  Discuss
New product: Septodont launches electronic syringe
November 20, 2018 -- Dental anesthetics manufacturer Septodont has launched its new Dentapen electronic syringe.  Discuss
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.
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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.