Pain Control for Pediatric Patients

Clinicians should be well versed in the appropriate methodology, equipment, and drug selection when administering local anesthesia to children.
By Sean G. Boynes, DMD, MS

The Next Generation of Pain Relief

Computer-controlled local anesthesia delivery provides benefits to both patients and clinicians.
By Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd, and Art DiMarco, DMD

Update on Maximum Recommended Dosages for Local Anesthesia

Clinicians should be aware of current Food and Drug Administration-approved recommendations when determining the appropriate dose for individual patients.
By Arthur C. DiMarco, DMD, and Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd

What's New in Local Anesthesia

A brief update on important safety considerations when using local anesthesia.
By Stanley F. Malamed, DDS

Treat Teething Pain Safely

The use of benzocaine in infants and children can raise the risk of methemoglobinemia—a dangerous and sometimes fatal condition.
By Laura J. Sleeper, RDH, MA, and Caitlyn Strubinger

General Anesthesia in the Treatment of Early Childhood Caries

While the rise in tooth decay among preschoolers has increased the use of general anesthesia during restorative care, the financial and societal costs are great.
By Susan L. Vogell, RDH, BS, MBA

Risk Management in Pain Control

Follow these strategies to improve the safety of administering local anesthetic injections.
By Jacqueline J. Freudenthal, RDH, MHE

Mind Over Matter

Effective psychological pain and anxiety management techniques can help patients who are averse to needles and injections receive the dental treatment they need.
By Arthur C. DiMarco, DMD; Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd; and Jackie Foskett, RDH, BA,CH

Pain Prevention

Clinicians can offer patients a number of options to reduce the pain and fear of local anesthetic injections.
By Arthur C. DiMarco, DMD, and Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd

Understand the Rules

Dental hygienists are well suited to administer local anesthesia to their patients, yet some state practice acts still limit or prohibit their provision of this important service.
By Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd; Sean G. Boynes, DMD, MS; and Art DiMarco, DMD

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