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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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At an FDA Town Meeting Thursday, injured consumers, dentists, and healthcare professionals will challenge the Food and Drug Administration to protect the public from "silver" dental amalgam fillings containing 45-55% mercury.
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Keeping track of sedation regulation developments in the United States, Canada and 14 other countries is DOCS Education’s regulatory counsel John Bitting. Bitting is among only a handful of lawyers in the nation...
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Rich Gesker, DMD, oversees the care of some 3,500 largely low-income children in the District of Columbia at Mary’s Center. “The cycle of fear is something I try very hard to break,” he adds, “but my training from DOCS Education makes it so much easier.”
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Linda Edgar, DDS, of Federal Way, Washington, has been elected Vice President of the Academy of General Dentistry. Results were announced last week in San Diego during the AGD’s annual conference.
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The Federal Trade Commission “erred completely” when it recently ruled against the North Carolina Dental Board’s actions last year regarding teeth whitening, says John Bitting.
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"Sit back and relax in our reclining massage chair. Would you like a warm towel? Do you want to listen to music or watch a movie during your treatment?" Hearing this, you might think you're at a day spa. Think again; you're at the dentist.
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