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    PAIN CONTROL ISSUE | JUNE 2022

    Local anesthetics have been around for over 175 years! It’s safe to say that we have made huge advancements to not only the anesthetics we are using but also the techniques we use to administer them. The fact remains that administering local anesthetics is a significant challenge for dental professionals with considerable risks associated with it, which is why we must continue to be accepting towards new advancements.

    • Accidental Intravascular Local Anesthetic Injection of the Facial Artery

      MatiasGarcia-Blanco et al Anesth Prog 2021

    The inferior alveolar nerve block is used in a myriad of dental treatments, from dry socket, wisdom teeth removal, facial trauma, fractures and much more. While this method of delivering local anesthetic is highly effective in stopping patients’ pain and allowing the clinician to work, it does come with its risks, and it is very technique sensitive. One such risk is the accidental intravascular injection of local anesthetic into the facial artery. This occurrence typically results in blanching of the skin, and instant pain for the patient. The following article will discuss the clinical implications of this risk.

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    • Pedagogical Development in Local Anaesthetic Training in Paediatric Dentistry Using Virtual Reality Simulator 

      S Zafar et al Eur Arch Paediatr Dent 2021

    Pediatric patients are perhaps some of the most complicated patients to treat, and without the right amount of experience, patience, and creativity it may feel impossible. The children that come into our office, through no fault of their own can feel very scared of the unknown, and the often sterile environment associated with a dental office can have a negative effect on their peace of mind. Experience in pediatric dentistry is something that comes with time and unfortunately cannot be taught. However, with so many advancements in technology, there may be a way for our future dentists to gain some experience before even stepping foot in the clinic! This next study introduces a new concept; virtual reality and how it can shape the learning experience of dental students when training to administer local anesthetic to pediatric patients.

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