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The future is now: Part 2 -- VR in the dental clinic
April 23, 2018 -- The dental clinic may be the perfect place to test two of the greatest, therapeutic capabilities of virtual reality (VR): the ability to reduce pain and mitigate fear. Find out how one dentist is using VR headsets in his clinic to transform the traditional dentist visit.  Discuss
Review advises conservative approach for painful TMD
April 11, 2018 -- What's the best way to manage pain in patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD)? Authors of a recent review propose a conservative approach that includes multiple kinds of treatments, including dental, psychological, medical, and physical therapies.  Discuss
Does IV acetaminophen offer pain relief after third-molar surgery?
April 11, 2018 -- Is intravenous (IV) acetaminophen a viable pain management option after third-molar extraction? In a recent study, researchers tested intravenous acetaminophen against a placebo of IV saline in 72 patients to find out.  Discuss
New data break down dentist stats by state, specialty
April 10, 2018 -- General dentists are once again the most common type of dentists, according to newly published data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The data break down dentist statistics by gender, specialty, and state.  Discuss
How to overcome your patients' 4 most common fears
April 6, 2018 -- Dr. Scott Shamblott's practice focuses on patients with dental anxiety and phobias. Over time, he's been able to categorize these fears into four categories: fear of pain, fear of needles, fear of lectures, and fear of losing control. He offers practical, tested techniques to help you help your patients overcome these fears.  Discuss
Dental products featured on proposed U.S. tariff list
April 4, 2018 -- The dental industry has gotten caught up in the trade showdown between the U.S. and China, with a number of key dental products showing up on a list of products and materials that will have tariffs slapped on them.  Discuss
Race, sex affect Medicaid opioid prescription rates
April 2, 2018 -- Dentists are writing fewer opioid prescriptions than other practitioners, but prescribing patterns differ by a patient's race, ethnicity, and sex, as well as by provider type. That's according to a new study of Medicaid recipients published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
JADA: Dentists are prescribing more opioids than ever
March 30, 2018 -- The number of opioids prescribed by dentists appears to be increasing over time, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Dentists prescribed more opioids in 2015 than they did in 2010, the researchers found.  Discuss
AADR 2018: Local anesthetic does not improve post-op comfort in kids
March 28, 2018 -- Does providing postoperative local anesthetic in addition to intravenous analgesics improve comfort in children undergoing dental surgery under general anesthesia? Research presented on March 24 at the 2018 American Association of Dental Research (AADR) meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL, took a look.  Discuss
ADA announces new opioid policy
March 26, 2018 -- The ADA has announced a new policy on opioid pain medications in an attempt to address the ongoing opioid epidemic in the U.S. The policy has three key components: mandatory continuing education, limits on duration of opioid use, and registering with prescription drug monitoring programs.  Discuss
Hot Topic
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
June 1-23
San Antonio, Texas United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
June 8
San Antonio, Texas United States
IV Moderate Sedation Training
August 3-26
Baltimore, Maryland United States
ACLS for Dentists and Staff -- Medical Emergency Training
August 10
Baltimore, Maryland United States