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Dental pain a top reason Medicaid patients given opioids
August 12, 2019 -- Approximately 17% of Medicaid recipients who are prescribed opioids to manage pain receive them for dental reasons, according to a new study. Overall, about half of the Medicaid opioid prescriptions are for either orthopedic or dental-related reasons.  Discuss
Rural dentists prescribe more opioids
August 9, 2019 -- Rural dentists prescribe opioids for pain relief with a significantly greater frequency than nonrural dentists, according to a new study. However, these dentists also prescribe opioid supplies of six to seven days at a lower frequency than other dentists, the researchers found.  Discuss
Mo. limits dentist opioid prescriptions for acute pain
July 30, 2019 -- A new Missouri law limits the amount of opioid tablets dentists can prescribe for acute pain.
U.S. overdose deaths drop for 1st time in 30 years
July 25, 2019 -- The number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. dropped for the first time since 1990, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data suggest that steps to curb the opioid epidemic may be working.  Discuss
5 steps for talking with patients about opioids
July 24, 2019 -- Talking with patients about opioids and pain management is important, but it can be a difficult topic for many providers. Experts discussed how to use motivational interviewing to help make this conversation a little easier during a recent webinar.  Discuss
Insurance data show drop in opioid prescriptions by dentists
June 25, 2019 -- An insurance company studied internal data and found that general dentists reduced the number of days of supplied opioids prescribed by 9% over a three-year period, according to research presented at the 2019 International Association for Dental Research meeting.  Discuss
Dental assistant gets prison sentence for selling opioids
June 21, 2019 -- A dental assistant from Pennsylvania has received a 19-month federal prison sentence for selling oxycodone tablets, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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
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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.

Conferences
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
August 9-25
Charlotte, North Carolina United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
September 6-22
Houston, Texas United States
ACLS Training for Dentists & Staff
September 13
Houston, Texas United States
Sedation Permit Renewal/Refresher for Dentistry
September 14
Houston, Texas United States
Pediatric Dental Sedation Outside of the OR
September 20-22
San Francisco, California United States