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Second Opinion: My experience with narcotic pain medications
May 29, 2019 -- As a periodontist, Dr. Alvin Danenberg used to prescribe narcotic medication for patients who required it. Now after recovering from a fractured vertebra, Dr. Danenberg shares what it's like to have narcotics coursing through his body and what dentists can learn from his experience.  Discuss
Study finds U.S. dentists' opioid prescriptions 'excessive'
May 24, 2019 -- The percentages of oral health and dentist visits are about the same in the U.S. and England, but what about the rates of opioid prescriptions by dentists? Researchers looked at the most recently available data to compare the rates of prescriptions in the two countries and found a vast difference, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
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
Results mixed for cold therapy after tooth extraction
April 19, 2019 -- Can cold therapy help patients after third-molar surgery? The results of a recent scientific review are mixed. While cold may be helpful for managing swelling, its other benefits are questionable.  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
New research focuses on endo pain relief issues
April 12, 2019 -- New research on pain control and management for patients was presented on April 11 at the 2019 American Association of Endodontists annual meeting in Montreal. The presentations included research on the use of photodynamic therapy, persistent pain after root end surgery, and the link between depression and postoperative pain.  Discuss
Benco to distribute StellaLife pain management products
April 3, 2019 -- Benco Dental has announced a partnership with biotechnology company StellaLife to distribute the company's alternative pain management products.
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
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.
Study finds Botox-A effective in treating TMD
March 12, 2019 -- The goal when treating patients with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is to relieve their symptoms and help them regain jaw movements. An injection of botulinum toxin type A (Botox-A) may help when conservative treatments are not successful, according to a new study.  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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