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Gum Disease Tied to Glaucoma - Implications for Sedation Dentists

Gum disease presents a surprising risk for glaucoma, reports a new study from Harvard Medical School. What does this mean for sedation patients?

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Minimal Sedation Options for Heavy Gagger

How should a clinician approach helping a patient who needs sedation primarily for its effect in reducing the gag reflex? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Dispensing Sedation Meds: In-Office or Pharmacy?

DEA compliance is a serious topic, and not all dentists want to deal with the hassle of dispensing drugs from their office. What's the best option?
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Fascinating Imagery of Cavitation Bubbles Reveals Ultrasonic Potential

Through high-speed photography and microscopy, researchers have identified a key property of ultrasonic hand scalers, and how new tip designs might make SRP more comfortable and effective.
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Why are forensic scientists pulling bite mark analysis?

An influential commission of forensic science experts has called for the end of using bite mark analysis as evidence.

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Harnessing the power of positivity in pediatric dentistry

Do pediatric cases make you tense up? Are you unsure how to best set a child at ease? Dr. Barbara Sheller discusses ICCPD's course on pediatric patient managment.

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Methadone and Oral Sedation

Methadone is a powerful opioid used for maintenance treatment as part of the process of treating opioid dependency.

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Seizures Induced by Dental Fear

When a patient seizes during a routine hygiene appointment, their companion mentions that it may be due to acute dental fear. Can the clinician safely provide this patient a comfortable experience?

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Why You Should Ask Your Patients About Their Sleeping Habits

Could sleeping tendencies and oral health be connected? A new study implicates sleeping habits as a potential source of enamel erosion.

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New Study Links Higher Amelogenin Levels To Healthier Enamel

Genetic predisposition to weaker or stronger enamel might influence caries formation more than previously thought.

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A member of DOCS Education asks:

It seems I have an abundance of cops and nurses in the practice, and all seem to be taking some form of anti-anxiety meds or BP meds. Well, someone has to treat them and I have had great success with the DOCS protocol, but could use some suggestions here on an upcoming patient:

Patient is 5 9" / 220 lbs. He is a half-pack a day smoker. No snoring, or so he says. BP today was 148/89, HR 86'. I have seen diastolic pressure at 95 on a previous visit. Meds are as follows:


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Welcome to the Incisor Hub; we're glad to have you here. Whether you've been a DOCS Education member for many years, are a new member, or have yet to become a member (for shame!), you all have the pleasure of reading the informative blog posts written by our charming, smart, and dare I say it—ravishing editors. We make the Incisor available to all who are interested in reading, because at DOCS Education we believe information should be accessible to those that are thirsty for it. However, we’re not dummies—we reserve the best perks for our members. And one of the hands-down most important benefits we offer with a DOCS Education Membership is access to the Elite DOCS Forum. Monitored by esteemed dental professionals Drs. Jerome Wellbrock, Lesie Fang and Anthony Feck, the Elite DOCS Forum offers dentists the opportunity to read up on pertinent case studies and connect with other members. Have a question about pharmacology, patient management, IV sedation or protocols and regulations? No problem. Our faculty will respond to your questions within 24-48 hours—giving you the answers you need in a timeframe that truly benefits your practice.


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A DOCS Education Member asks: I have a 32 year-old male patient with no health concerns other than a past history of opiate abuse. I first saw this patient three years ago for a sedation consultation; he never followed through with further treatment. At that time the patient was taking 24mg of Suboxone® a day. Patient is now down to 1mg of Suboxone® per day and is seeking treatment for his many dental problems. Is this a safe patient to treat with OCS medications, or are there changes I should make to the protocol? Patient may need several root canals and I normally do the extra strength Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen combo for the first day. I do not typically have to call in any pain meds for day two or beyond, but if this patient requires them, what would you suggest I do? My thought is to have the MD managing his Suboxone® make this judgment.
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Have you considered becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomate? You haven't? Well, I'm here, at great personal risk, to share top secret, insider information that will hopefully change your mind. If it came to the attention of the powers that be at DOCS Education that I've leaked these secrets, they surely would put me in the stocks. So please, gentle reader, listen carefully. The benefits of becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomate are many, and the glory it will bring to your kingdom…uh, practice will be enduring and splendiferous.
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IT solutions for dental offices have always been a specialty of Dr. Lorne Lavine, which is why he settled on the moniker The Digital Dentist. Backed by a complete site re-design, Dr. Lavine has rolled out Practice Byte Guard—a new suite of services designed to manage all of your practice’s IT needs. After working with dental practices across the US and Canada for the last 20 years, Dr. Lavine has assembled this software package to cater to the most-wanted and requested needs of dental professionals. HIPAA compliance assistance, multi-leveled data management and network security make up the separate components of Practice Byte Guard. Dr. Lavine announced the release in an email late last week:
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Despite dentists' mutual interest in all things teeth, we understand you may be divided in your digital versus paper preferences. No need to quarrel, though – because DOCS Digest is meeting the needs of everyone! Check out our informative, exciting and educational publication right now!
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