Buffered lidocaine appears to have clinical benefits
October 16, 2017 -- A lower dose of buffered lidocaine may be more effective than a higher but nonbuffered dose of the local anesthetic, according to new research presented at the 2017 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons meeting in San Francisco.  Discuss
Dental Excellence Awards voting begins
October 13, 2017 -- DrBicuspid.com is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Dental Excellence Awards. Now it's up to you to determine the winners in our 10 categories, ranging from Best New CAD/CAM Product to Best New/Updated Software/Service.  Discuss
FDA expands the opioids covered by risk mitigation strategy
September 29, 2017 -- So-called "immediate-release" opioid pain medications will now be subject to more stringent requirements by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help stem the tide of opioid misuse and abuse, according to a statement from FDA Director Scott Gottlieb, MD.  Discuss
Caffeine may be opioid alternative for implant therapy
September 28, 2017 -- Can caffeine help solve the opioid crisis? Research suggests that acetaminophen with caffeine may be a viable alternative to opioids after dental implant treatment.  Discuss
New CE courses address infection control, risk management, and more
August 29, 2017 -- Five presentations from the 2017 Connecticut State Dental Association annual meeting are now available as continuing education (CE) videos. Topics include infection control, pain management and the role of opioids, and risk management.  Discuss
New white paper offers opioid use recommendations
August 29, 2017 -- A new white paper from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends that ibuprofen, not opioids, be used as a first-line therapy for managing a patient's acute and postsurgical pain.  Discuss
Mass. dentist to return $500K to state Medicaid program
August 22, 2017 -- A Massachusetts pediatric dentist will return $500,000 to the state's Medicaid program for improperly billed palliative care, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.
CDA-supported anesthesia bill advances from committee
July 17, 2017 -- A California State Assembly bill that would have required three practitioners to be present when a child younger than age 7 was undergoing anesthesia in a dental office has been put on hold, while a separate Senate bill on the same topic supported by the California Dental Association (CDA) is advancing in that state's Legislature.  Discuss
Second Opinion: AAPD president responds to pediatric sedation broadcast
July 13, 2017 -- In response to a recent national television segment on pediatric sedation, Dr. James Nickman, the president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, emphasizes that the safety and welfare of children are the academy's top priorities and urges a focus on preventing childhood tooth decay.  Discuss
Hawaii passes stricter dental sedation law
July 12, 2017 -- A new law requires the Hawaii State Board of Dental Examiners to perform onsite inspections prior to permitting dentists to perform general anesthesia, deep sedation, or moderate sedation.
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