Analgesics, anxiolytics, and anesthetics: Unraveling the mysteries

May 17, 2023
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Understanding what to prescribe to patients for dental pain and anxiety is, of course, a critical part of practicing dentistry. But just as important as what to prescribe is how the medications work, how they interact, maximum daily dosages, how certain medications differ from each other, and much more.

Medical History Mysteries is a video collaboration between Dr. Tom Viola, a pharmacist and dental educator, and Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, chief editor of Dental Economics, that breaks down various issues around pharmaceuticals, particularly as they apply to dentistry.

Enjoy this roundup of some of their best content on analgesics, anxiolytics, and anesthetics as they could relate to your dental patients.

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About the Author

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of DentistryIQ and editorial co-director of Through the Loupes. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics. You may contact her at [email protected].


Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, named chief editor of DentistryIQ