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How Effective Are Modern Anesthetics During Dental Procedures?

How Effective Are Modern Anesthetics During Dental Procedures?

All dental professionals are aware of the negative effects of dental phobia.  This widespread phenomenon leads otherwise healthy people to neglect their dental health for fear of pain during dental procedures, both routine and specialized.  A team of researchers set out to determine just how effective modern anesthetics are, and how this information can be …

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Mental Health Concerns Amongst Dental Professionals

Mental Health Concerns Amongst Dental Professionals

While recent events including the 2020 lockdown have led to a dramatic increase in mental health concerns, few industries have been hit as hard by this epidemic as healthcare.  Read on to see how this situation is impacting dental workers, and what can be done to improve circumstances.    While the dental industry provides opportunities …

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Gabapentin

The Dangers of Gabapentin and Why Dental Professionals Needed To Be Aware Of Its Potential

It was early on a Sunday morning when I first received several notifications on Facebook about a “new” prescription drug abuse menace in America that was “killing thousands.” “What?!” I said to myself out loud. My initial shock was for two reasons. First, as a pharmacist, pharmacology educator, speaker, and author for more than 30 …

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Just breathe! Why asthma matters to the dental hygienist pt 2

Just breathe! Why asthma matters to the dental hygienist (pt II)

Note: This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one. Globally, as of 2018, an estimated 339 million people were affected by asthma, with approximately 1,000 deaths reported daily.1 Adequate knowledge and understanding of this disease and its treatment are crucial for dental hygienists to provide safe and proper care for these patients. In the first installment of …

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Just breathe! Why asthma matters to the dental hygienist (part I)

Just breathe! Why asthma matters to the dental hygienist

Asthma is a chronic obstructive pulmonary condition that results in inflammation in the airway and thus interferes with the exchange of gases in the lungs. Globally, as of 2018, an estimated total of 339 million people were affected by asthma, with approximately 1,000 deaths reported daily.1 While asthma is more common in children, higher mortality rates …

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Using Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen For Pain Management

Using Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen For Pain Management

Pain management has often been a controversial subject, especially when opioids are involved.  Researchers have looked into alternatives to opioid-based medications, finding that a combination of Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen may be a viable solution.  Read on to learn more.   Medications are a necessary part of pain management, especially after common procedures such as molar …

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