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How to Create a Healthy, Happy Waiting Room

As a sedation dentist, you're in the business of stress-free dentistry. You help patients relax in the chair and get the care they need. But are you extending that stress-free vibe all the way to your waiting room?

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First Case Using Single-Dose Protocol and Patient is Under-Sedated: What Next?

A DOCS Education member takes on his first sedation patient using a single-dose protocol. The patient is at her top dose, but complains that the sedation medication isn't working throughout the appointment. What should be done differently next time?

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The 4 Factors that Change the Economics of Pediatric Dentistry

True or false: There is no economic benefit in treating pediatric patients.It's true that this is a commonly held belief amongst dentists. But nowadays that statement is false. Dr. Roger Sanger explains why.

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The Wild Side of Dentistry: The Contributions of Dr. Peter P. Emily

Ever come across a 3-inch canine that needed a root canal? Welcome to the world of Dr. Peter Emily.

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The Wacky History of Nitrous Oxide: It's No Laughing Matter

You may use it every day at your practice, but do you know the story behind how nitrous oxide became one of the most commonly used anesthetics? Every dentist should…

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How Does a 15-year-old Patient's Lamictal® Medication Affect Sedation Protocol?

A 15-year-old patient taking multiple medications for ADHD is coming in for a sedation consultation. What does a clinician need to be aware of beforehand? Three DOCS Education faculty members advise.

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Is Your State Desperate for Sedation Dentistry?

What state has the most need for sedation dentistry? Check out our list of the top five states!

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What are the risks with sedation for a patient who won't stop vaping?

Will vaping cause complications during a sedation appointment if a patient refuses to cease? A DOCS Education member requests advice for his first solo sedation appointment.

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Ultrasound May Help Patients Keep their Teeth Longer

A futuristic-sounding non-invasive ultrasound therapy has the potential to invigorate dental tissue effectively strengthening teeth concludes a recent study. Learn more about how this discovery could change preventative care.

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You've Got a Target on Your Back

The ADA's Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) is pushing a major revision to the guidelines for the use of sedation dentistry. These new recommendations place an unmistakable bull's-eye on you and your patients. Take action!

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Treating medically complex patients requires sedation dentists to stay current on developments in the medical/pharmaceutical fields. For instance, how should you treat a patient taking Pradaxa? DOCS Education provides solutions.
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Phil Openshaw, DDS, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and grew up in Modesto, California, where he’s been practicing general dentistry for over 20 years. A graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. Openshaw has made several humanitarian trips to Africa and recently shared some thoughts about the profession with the Incisor.
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Thomas M. Henson, DDS, has practiced in Athens, Georgia, for over three decades. He attended the University of Georgia and the Emory University School of Dentistry. Dr. Henson also served on the Georgia Board of Dental Examiners for five years. Recently he shared some thoughts about dentistry with the Incisor.
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Congratulations to April Burus for her recent nomination for Most Effective Dental Assistant Educator! We're happy to report that she is a finalist to receive a Dr. Bicuspid Dental Excellence Award in her category.
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Scott Strommer, DDS, practices at New Image Dental in San Diego, CA. A graduate from the UCLA School of Dentistry, Dr. Strommer recently became a graduate of the Kois Center in Seattle. The doctor has been a member of DOCS Education for the past 11 years.
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After a tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo. on May 22, Michael Fitterling, DDS, worked hard to reopen his practice only one month after the disaster.
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