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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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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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DOCS Education Fellow Melissa Taylor Burton, DMD, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry and a fellow of DOCS Education. She practices at Taylor Made Smiles in Franklin, Mississippi, with her father, Dr. James Taylor.
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The enduring value of nitrous oxide in the dental setting is the subject of an article published in the September issue of Inside Dentistry by Michael Silverman, DMD. Despite the fact that it was first used in dentistry over 150 years ago, the mechanism of nitrous remains poorly understood...
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The Pankey Institute and The Dawson Academy, among the world’s leading sources of dental continuing education, are just some of the professional enrichment I’ve enjoyed over the past 26 years. Despite my overall satisfaction with these courses, however, it still seemed as if something was lacking.
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We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Steven Krause of The Center for San Diego Smile Makeover.
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Three years ago my receptionist bolted into the operatory. She told me a man was lying unconscious in the parking lot.
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We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Robert Maddux of Hernando Dental Care. Find out what Dr. Maddux feels are the biggest challenges facing practitioners today.
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