New CE courses address infection control, risk management, and more
August 29, 2017 -- Five presentations from the 2017 Connecticut State Dental Association annual meeting are now available as continuing education (CE) videos. Topics include infection control, pain management and the role of opioids, and risk management.  Discuss
New white paper offers opioid use recommendations
August 29, 2017 -- A new white paper from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends that ibuprofen, not opioids, be used as a first-line therapy for managing a patient's acute and postsurgical pain.  Discuss
Mass. dentist to return $500K to state Medicaid program
August 22, 2017 -- A Massachusetts pediatric dentist will return $500,000 to the state's Medicaid program for improperly billed palliative care, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.
CDA-supported anesthesia bill advances from committee
July 17, 2017 -- A California State Assembly bill that would have required three practitioners to be present when a child younger than age 7 was undergoing anesthesia in a dental office has been put on hold, while a separate Senate bill on the same topic supported by the California Dental Association (CDA) is advancing in that state's Legislature.  Discuss
Second Opinion: AAPD president responds to pediatric sedation broadcast
July 13, 2017 -- In response to a recent national television segment on pediatric sedation, Dr. James Nickman, the president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, emphasizes that the safety and welfare of children are the academy's top priorities and urges a focus on preventing childhood tooth decay.  Discuss
Hawaii passes stricter dental sedation law
July 12, 2017 -- A new law requires the Hawaii State Board of Dental Examiners to perform onsite inspections prior to permitting dentists to perform general anesthesia, deep sedation, or moderate sedation.
Virtual nature scenes best at distracting dental patients
July 6, 2017 -- Looking for a way to distract your patients? Have them take a walk on the wild side. Researchers found that immersing dental patients in a virtual reality (VR) environment with nature scenes was most effective at distracting them during their procedures, compared with virtual urban scenes or no distraction at all.  Discuss
Opioid analgesic Opana ER pulled from U.S. market
July 6, 2017 -- Endo Pharmaceuticals has announced it will voluntarily remove its opioid analgesic Opana ER from the U.S. market because of a risk for abuse.  Discuss
Top 5 news stories from spring 2017
June 28, 2017 -- DrBicuspid.com takes a look back at the most-read news and clinical articles from spring 2017, as measured by page views. The most popular article was our coverage of the ADA creating a new licensing exam, followed by our list of the 10 largest dental service/support organizations in the U.S.  Discuss
Top 5 columns from spring 2017
June 28, 2017 -- DrBicuspid.com takes a look back at some of the most-read columns and practice management articles from spring, as measured by page views. These columns focus on a wide variety of topics, from legal cases to regional fee differences to popular columns by periodontist Alvin Danenberg, DDS.  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.

Conferences
IV Moderate Sedation Training
November 3-19
Sacramento, California United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
November 10
Sacramento, California United States
Ontario Dental Association (ODA) 2018 Annual Spring Meeting
April 26-28, 2018
Toronto, Ontario Canada