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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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Do Teeth Have a Gender?

Feminine teeth, masculine teeth—is there really a difference? Some studies say there are size differences between the teeth of men and women, but others refute the claim. Incisor looks at the role teeth can play in gender identity, including gender reassignment surgery.

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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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