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Is it Safe to Sedate a Bipolar, Diabetic Smoker with Active Hep. C?

A patient presents with multiple medical conditions, including bipolar disorder, diabetes and an active HCV infection. To top it all off, she's a smoker. Should the clinician proceed with oral conscious sedation?

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Why Google and the Movie Industry are Fighting over Dental Aligners

A lawsuit between two dental alignment device-makers is pitting Google and Apple against the movie and recording industries. Who knew dentistry could be so divisive?

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Should I Take on this Case or Punt to OR?

Sometimes even the most experienced sedation dentists need a little help from their friends. A DOCS Education Fellow seeks advice from faculty about whether he should take on a sedation case or refer it out.

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What Does 400,000-Year-Old Tartar Tell Us?

Anthropologists are gaining insight into the lives of prehistoric humans using data gathered from ancient teeth. What researchers are discovering is amazing.

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Can I get Alzheimer's from that Root Canal?

Does that seem like a ridiculous question to you? Unfortunately, it's not so preposterous according to a new study published in the Journal Nature.

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The Role of the Dentist in Controlling Blood Pressure for a Sedation Appointment

Should you be trying to control a patient's blood pressure with medication before, during or after a sedation appointment? A DOCS Education member wonders why DOCS Education courses don't cover this topic. Drs. Wellbrock and Goyal advise.

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Big Potential in the Oral Microbiome

700-plus. That's the current estimate for the number of different bacteria types that live in the human oral cavity. Major advances in DNA sequencing technologies are opening up new areas of research into the human microbiome. Study results already look promising.

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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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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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