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February 1, 2015 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

The Use of Automated Office Blood Pressure Devices in the Dental Practice

by Soheil Khojasteh, DDS

Blood pressure (BP) measurement can be a difficult and time-consuming task in the dental office. Many general practitioners avoid measuring their patients’ blood pressures, and some wonder, “Why should I even measure blood pressure in the office?” However, there are

February 1, 2015 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

An Approach To Pain Management With Non-Opioid Drugs

by Dr. Alia El-Mowafy &Dr. Peter Nkansah

It has been estimated that seventy-five percent of adults experience an element of dental anxiety, and that in ten percent of patients, such fear can prevent them from making a visit to the dental office in the early phase of

February 1, 2015 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Articaine and paresthesia in dental anaesthesia: neurotoxicity or procedural trauma?

by Dr. Mihaela Toma,1 Dr. Michael Berghahn,2 Stefan Loth,2 Bernardo Verrengia,3 Dr. Luigi Visani,4 Dr. Fabio Velotti4 1PharmaPart AG, Switzerland; 2Pierrel Research Europe GmbH, Germany, 3Pierrel Pharma srl, Italy; 4Genes Holding SA, Switzerland

INTRODUCTIONThe hypothesis that articaine, a local anesthetic with well-established effectiveness widely used in dentistry, might have neurotoxic effects is continuously under intense discussion. A number of reports claim to provide a basis for the opinion that articaine is related to

February 1, 2015 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Local anaesthesia: Improving the patient experience

by Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FPFA, FACD, DICOI, DADIA

In health care dentists are often referred to as the local anaesthesia experts as we provide localized anaesthesia as an integral part of what is performed daily. When thinking of going to the dentist, this is the one aspect that

February 1, 2015 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

What’s Ethical?

by Dr. Nkansah

Strictly speaking, “ethics” is a plural noun that is supposed to relate to moral principles. Try as we might to define ethics and to follow them in our personal and professional behaviours, we sometimes fail. This is because while our

February 1, 2015 Feature AnesthesiologyDentistry

Dental Anxiety What Are We Missing?

by Jonathan Campbell, DDS

Dental professionals have become highly proficient in providing local anaesthesia. Local anaesthesia reduces pain by blocking sodium channels, however, many patients find the injection process anxiety-inducing.1 It is not only just pain that makes many patients uncomfortable. The plethora of