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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
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
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
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
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
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.

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