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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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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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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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