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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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Move over “Call Me Maybe”—there’s a new summer song making the rounds on the internet. The Oregon Dental Associations viral ode to proper dental care “Teach Me How to Brushy,” based on the 2010 hit from Cali Swag District “Teach Me How to Dougie,” has taken the tubes by storm over the last two weeks gaining almost 500,000 views.
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Protect the public. That’s the deceptively simple mission of any American dental board. But while the mandate may be uncomplicated, its execution is
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It’s common knowledge that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently released review that suggests dental therapists have offered safe and cost-effective dental care in most counties in which they practice. DOCS Education breaks down the main points of the review as well as dental organization responses.
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This month the Oral Cancer Foundation urges dentists around the nation to take part in Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Read more to learn how to take participate.
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Dental boards exist in every state, producing a welter of regulations. John Bitting, among a handful of lawyers who specialize in dental regulations, comments on the current climate, some recent events, and what to look for from the boards in the months to come.
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With the purpose of raising awareness about safe sedation dentistry, thousands of dentists around the country kicked off DOCS Education's Sedation Safety Week Monday with the popular "7-Step Sedation Dentistry Safety Checklist: A Review of Protocols, Equipment and Supplies"—an absolute necessity for sedation dentists.
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