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Second Opinion: A comparison of 2 opioid alternatives
May 22, 2019 -- In this Second Opinion, oral surgeon Dr. Colin Bell writes about practical pain management alternatives to opioids, focusing on two specific examples. Dr. Bell also discusses new dental codes for reimbursement while emphasizing patient safety and practitioner awareness of the ongoing opioid epidemic.  Discuss
Can a mouthwash relieve oral mucositis pain?
April 18, 2019 -- More than 80% of patients with head and neck cancer develop painful oral mucositis during radiation treatment. Researchers compared two frequently used mouthwashes with a placebo mouthwash to measure the pain relief they provided.  Discuss
Calif. halts new prescription requirements law
March 18, 2019 -- California has temporarily halted a law that requires dentists writing prescriptions for controlled substances to use forms that include a unique serialized number approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Family history is a risk factor for long-term opioid use
February 27, 2019 -- Dentists may want to ask about family members' opioid use before prescribing an opioid to a patient for oral surgery. Adolescents with persistent opioid use were nearly twice as likely to have a family member who also used opioids regularly in a new study, published on February 27.  Discuss
Can an intranasal NSAID offer relief for endodontic pain?
February 20, 2019 -- Which pain reliever do you prescribe for patients experiencing pain from their untreated endodontic symptoms? A new study compared the intranasal form of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) ketorolac with a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen to see which is more effective.  Discuss
Parents believe opioids are more effective than alternatives
February 7, 2019 -- Parents are well aware of the risks associated with opioids, including addiction and overdose. Yet many still believe opioids are more effective at relieving pain after surgery than alternative medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  Discuss
Liquid medications pose risk for cancer patients' oral health
January 30, 2019 -- Patients receiving treatment for cancer face many obstacles, including possible damage to their oral health from the sucrose in the liquid medications they take. Dental hygienist Jill Meyer-Lippert shares some practical advice for helping these patients maintain and improve their oral health.  Discuss
Opioid overdoses eclipse car crashes for accidental deaths
January 25, 2019 -- Americans are more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, according to new data from the National Safety Council. 2017 was the first year that the odds of death from an opioid overdose surpassed car crashes in the organization's analysis.  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.
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
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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.

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