NPO Guidelines and Current Evidence-Based Considerations

Current nil per os (npo) standards promote pre-operative fasting as an approach to reduce the volume and acidity of a patient’s stomach contents to reduce … more

Peri-Operative Epistaxis During Dentistry: A Case Report

Epistaxis (nasal bleeding) is a relatively common complication that may arise during a dental visit that utilizes sedation/anesthesia. While rarely fatal, appropriate and prompt management … more

Reviewing Contraindications to Nitrous Oxide

All practitioners who deliver nitrous oxide to their patients should be intimately familiar with the relative and absolute contraindications to its administration. Relative Contraindications Nasal … more

Evidence-Based Guidelines and Regulations?

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign/Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind/Do this, don’t do that/Can’t you read the sign?” – Signs by The Five Man … more

Intraosseous Local Anesthesia Revisited

To view figures, click on figure mentions throughout the article. Your patient in the chair has confirmed that their lips and tongue are numb from … more

Infection Control

Putting the Risk in Context

Sedation and anesthesia for dentistry has come under scrutiny in the past few years due to a few tragic events where patients experienced harm. These … more

Infection Control

Bias vs. Integrity

Honesty is such a lonely word – Billy Joel Bias and integrity are strange bedfellows. They are two qualities that we speak of in absolute … more

Top 10 Dental News Stories of 2017

It’s been quite a year in dental news! 2017 seemed to bring on some interesting areas of concerns for dental hygienists – whether it was … more