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2 keys to anesthesia safety: Patient and case selection
September 11, 2019 -- Safe anesthetic procedures begin with patient and case selection, according to oral and maxillofacial surgery expert Dr. Stuart Lieblich. He spoke about keeping patients safe during office-based anesthesia procedures at the recent 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco.  Discuss
Anesthesia and patient safety are a team effort
September 10, 2019 -- Oral surgeon Dr. Colin Bell is in the unique position of reviewing claims for anesthesia use for a malpractice insurance company. In this role, he is often asked by dentists how they can minimize the risks of anesthesia administration. He offers a practical blueprint of essential considerations to enhance patient safety.  Discuss
4 tips to prevent medication errors
September 4, 2019 -- Medication errors and adverse events are not uncommon, and they seem to be happening with increasing frequency. Experts outlined four ways dentists can help prevent patient harm from medications in the September issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association.  Discuss
Doctors find dentures in man's throat 8 days after surgery
August 13, 2019 -- Removable dentures got stuck in a 72-year-old man's throat during surgery to remove a benign lump. Doctors didn't find the false teeth until eight days later when the patient complained of pain, bleeding, and swallowing difficulties.  Discuss
4 organizations endorse pediatric sedation guidelines
August 5, 2019 -- Four more organizations have endorsed new guidelines that call for two trained personnel to be present when providing deep sedation or general anesthesia to children.
Metals top list of common allergens at the dental office
August 2, 2019 -- Which dental materials are responsible for the most contact allergies? Researchers looked at patient data and found metals topped the list, but other common culprits included composites and cosmetic materials.  Discuss
New sedation guidelines call for 2 experts per procedure
June 21, 2019 -- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics have updated their sedation guidelines for the first time in three years. The new guidelines call for two trained personnel to be present when providing deep sedation or general anesthesia to children.  Discuss
Sedation death of Calif. boy sparks state investigation
May 17, 2019 -- The Dental Board of California is investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy who died after being sedated for a dental procedure at a practice in Oakland. The boy was undergoing an extraction under sedation but stopped breathing after experiencing complications, according to a post by relatives.  Discuss
New survey looks at anesthesia trends, safety in 2019
March 20, 2019 -- How safe is the use of anesthesia in traditional oral surgery? The results of a recent survey of oral and maxillofacial surgeons suggest that the most severe anesthesia complications are very rare, occurring in less than one person out of thousands of patients.  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
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Conferences
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
September 6-22
Houston, Texas United States
Pediatric Dental Sedation Outside of the OR
September 20-22
San Francisco, California United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
October 4-20
Denver, Colorado United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
October 11
Denver, Colorado United States
Dental Assistant Sedation Course
October 11-12
Atlanta, Georgia United States