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Exclusive Breastfeeding May Reduce Malocclusions

Could the field of orthodontia be over? A new study has uncovered a defined link between breastfeeding, pacifier use and the probability of misaligned teeth in children.

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What's the protocol for a patient with sleep apnea and taking a mix of CNS depressants?

A doctor who uses incremental sedation has a patient with sleep apnea and taking multiple medications. Is the protocol he's considering correct? What's the risk of CO₂ retention for patients with sleep apnea?

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3 Simple Reasons Your Patients Aren't Accepting Sedation

You don't need to bend over backwards to increase the number of accepted sedation cases in your practice. Find out three simple reasons patients don't accept sedation and how to turn them around.

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Does a patient taking medications to treat bipolar disorder need to halt dosage before sedation?

Should a patient with bipolar disorder stop taking ziprasidone and bupropion before a sedation appointment? A DOCS Education member asks faculty Drs. Wellbrock and Feck what's the right protocol for this patient.

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Every Breath You Take: Study Links Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Periodontal Disease

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Surgeon General have both classified secondhand smoke as a known human cancer-causing agent, but what about its effects on oral health? A recent study links environmental tobacco smoke exposure and periodontal disease.

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What You Need to Know About IV Sedation

Are you considering getting an IV sedation permit but aren't sure if it's the right move for you and your practice? Join us for a free webinar with DOCS Education Dean of Faculty, Dr. Anthony S. Feck—get free CE credits and your IV sedation questions answered.

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Veganism: Good for Body, Bad for Teeth?

Does a vegan diet lead to a higher risk of cavities? A recent study published by Public Library of Science (PLOS) ONE explores how a vegan diet might do more harm than good for one's teeth.

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Healthy male patient agitated during sedation appointment

A DOCS Education member writes in about a healthy, ASA I patient taking no medications who comes in for a sedation appointment. It's all pretty routine, but the patient becomes agitated once sedated. What's the cause?

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DOCS Education Presents: IV Sedation Certification

If you've been considering expanding your sedation armamentarium, look no further: DOCS Education has partnered with Oregon Health & Science University to offer IV Sedation Certification this summer and fall. Get a sneak preview of the course at a free webinar with a DOCS Education faculty member!

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Does hydroxyzine block dopamine receptors and aggravate restless legs syndrome?

A patient experiences restless legs syndrome while in the chair after being sedated; the clinician thinks it may be from hydroxyzine. Dr. Jerome Wellbrock weighs in with his thoughts on drug interactions and suggested medications.

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When it comes to sedation, the importance of safety cannot be emphasized enough. The fourth annual Sedation Safety Week will be held March 12-16, 2012, and highlights a specific dentist as the 2012 Sedation Dentist of the Year.
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The person who answers the phone makes the first impression for your dental practice. What impression is your practice making? Does your dental office staff know how to turn a call from a prospective patient into a booked appointment?
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If you're participating in National Children's Health Month, tell us your story. You'll get the chance to win a free Pediatric Sedation Dentistry or Pediatric Sedation Dentistry Recertification course!
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We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Allan Ringard of Silverado Dental Care. He has been serving the residents of Napa since 1987.
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Are you participating in National Children's Dental Health Month? Tell us how, and you'll be entered to win a free Pediatric Sedation Dentistry or Pediatric Sedation Dentistry Recertification course at any seminar! Learn more...
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Does your receptionist know how to turn nervous callers into patients? DOCS Education members can access free phone training for staff. Make the right impression from the first contact, and bring more patients into your practice.
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