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Anesthesiology recognized as dental specialty
March 13, 2019 -- The U.S. National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards has announced that dental anesthesiology will become the 10th recognized dental specialty.
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
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
Regular NSAID use may increase some HNC survival rates
February 1, 2019 -- Regular use of aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain medication may increase the survival rates for certain head and neck cancer (HNC) patients, according to a new study. However, researchers caution that there are no specific regimen recommendations at this time.  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 app takes bruxism, TMD monitoring on the go
January 17, 2019 -- Researchers have created a mobile application that monitors patients during their daily routine. The prototype may one day help clinicians diagnosis and monitor bruxism, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and other jaw-related disorders outside of the clinic.  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.
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.

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June 20-22
Bellevue, Washington United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
July 12-28
Los Angeles, California United States
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Los Angeles, California United States
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Charlotte, North Carolina United States