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Caught Between Sucrose and Sucralose: A Dentist’s Dilemma

Americans are addicted to sweet, but both sugar and artificial sweeteners have serious health risks. How can dentists help patients understand the consequences of their sugary addictions? Get the facts, sweetheart.

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Previous Allergic Reaction to IV Sedation a Reason for Concern?

A patient needs sedation for a root canal and extraction. However, the patient reports that years ago she was intubated after IV sedation; she has since been IV sedated without any incidence. Should the doctor proceed with oral conscious sedation?

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Why Pediatric Dentistry Makes Sense in 2015

Once upon a time, dentists believed that treating pediatric patients was a fast track to a dead-end career. Wake up, sleeping beauties! Times have changed—pediatric dentistry ain't what it used to be.
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How Are You Giving Back to Your Community?

Volunteer time? Dental service trips? Mentoring or teaching? There are a lot of ways to use your skills and knowledge to help people beyond your daily routine of appointments and consultations. We've got a few extraordinary examples for you in the Summer issue of DOCS Digest - the digital edition is here!

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Can amoxicillin cause light-headedness in a patient who is allergic to penicillin?

A 91-year-old patient is taking 500 mg of amoxicillin leading up to a sedation appointment and is experiencing dizziness. The patient is allergic to penicillin. A DOCS Education Member seeks the advice of DOCS Education faculty for next steps.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy + Sedation Dentistry: The Silver Bullet for Anxious Patients?

New research from Sweden finds that people with dental anxiety respond well to a specific kind of mental health counseling called cognitive behavioral therapy. When combined with sedation dentistry it could be the silver bullet patients with dental fear have been looking for.

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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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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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