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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. appeals court upholds decision for AAID over Texas board
June 21, 2017 -- A U.S. appeals court has affirmed a lower court's decision in favor of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) that the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners' rule on dental specialist advertising is unconstitutional.
Can early-life family income influence lifelong dental pain?
June 19, 2017 -- Lower socioeconomic status is known to negatively affect various health outcomes, but scant information is available on its relationship to dental pain. To learn more, researchers of a new study investigated the effects of family income early in life and parental education on dental pain in adulthood.
Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients
June 15, 2017 -- 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.
Hot Topic
The case for dental anesthesiologists in pediatric sedation

In this Second Opinion, Dr. Mark Saxen, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, analyzes the advantages of in-office anesthesiology done by a dental anesthesiologist and urges dentists to consider taking advantage of their expertise. Read more.

Conferences
IV Moderate Sedation Training
August 4-20
Winston-Salem, North Carolina United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
August 11
Winston-Salem, North Carolina United States
Airway, Medical Emergency Management & Monitoring for Sedation in Dentistry
August 12
Winston-Salem, North Carolina United States
Game Changers in Pediatric Dentistry
September 8-9
Boston, Massachusetts United States
IV Moderate Sedation Training
September 8-24
Houston, Texas United States