Staying Ahead in Dental Practice: Insights from the NMDA Annual Meeting

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Attending the New Mexico Dental Association annual meeting was an enriching experience. Among the various lectures I attended, two stood out: one on dental implants and another on “Current Concepts in Opioid Sparing Peri-Operative Anesthesia and Analgesia.”

The dental implant lecture provided an excellent review and introduced several new “pearls” of wisdom. It was reassuring to see that our practice is aligned with the latest advancements in dental implantology. This validation of our methods and techniques boosts my confidence in the quality of care we provide to our patients. Staying abreast of the latest developments is crucial, and it’s gratifying to know we’re at the forefront.

The second lecture on opioids and anesthesia was equally compelling. This session, taught by a renowned Albuquerque Oral Surgeon, delved into the pharmacological aspects of dentistry. It focused on opioid-sparing strategies for peri-operative anesthesia and analgesia, which are essential given the current opioid crisis. The lecture was a great refresher on the principles of anesthesia and provided new insights into minimizing opioid use without compromising patient comfort.

Understanding these concepts is vital for enhancing patient safety and care. Implementing opioid-sparing techniques aligns with our commitment to responsible prescribing practices and optimal patient outcomes. The knowledge gained from this lecture will undoubtedly contribute to our ongoing efforts to refine our anesthesia protocols.

Overall, the NMDA annual meeting was a valuable opportunity for professional growth. The insights and reaffirmations from these lectures not only enhance our practice but also reinforce our dedication to providing exceptional dental care.

If you have dental concerns or would like to schedule a visit with our dentist, Jared French, DMD in Santa Fe, New Mexico, please give us a call at 505-471-5353 today. Your smile will thank you!