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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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Nicholas Borrello, DDS, practices at Stony Hill Dental Care in Bethel, CT. A graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, Dr. Borrello is a DOCS Education Fellow and holds the position of Master of the Academy of General Dentistry.
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Paul A. Varda, DMD, practices at Valley Dental Care in Chandler, AZ. A graduate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Dr. Varda is a DOCS Education Fellow and Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. The doctor has been a member of DOCS Education since 2004.
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Daniel S. Cook, DDS, runs his practice, The California Smile, in Nipomo, CA. A graduate from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Dr. Cook has been a member of DOCS Education since 2000.
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I live by the words of Sir William Osler: ‘It’s more important to know what kind of a patient has the disease than what kind of disease the patient has.’ Start here, and everything else falls into line.
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Joint prophylaxis, effective post-op pain control and current trends in emergency medication: these are some of the vital topics DOCS Education plans to address for free via its website. The free online CE courses will be taught by...
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Keeping track of sedation regulation developments in the United States, Canada and 14 other countries is DOCS Education’s regulatory counsel John Bitting. Bitting is among only a handful of lawyers in the nation...
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