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January 2020 – Pain management
In her editor's note, "Considering pain in a new light," 2019-20 ASDA Editor-in-Chief Jeannie Binder, Texas-Houston '21, writes: "[P]ain is an intensely personal and subjective experience. And it's something as health care providers we encounter on a daily basis. That's why we've dedicated this issue of Contour to pain management.
"We hope that through these articles, you can reflect on your own experience of pain and develop a greater sense of empathy for those patients who come to you looking for relief. We're looking at novel ways that dentists can help manage their patients' pain - from medical marijuana to long-acting anesthetics and virtual reality.
"Managing pain is a central part of dentistry. The more empathic and creative we can be about it, the better."