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Herbal Remedies and Sedation Medications: Know the Dangers

Find out how the use of seemingly-innocuous herbal supplements might affect patient response to your procedures. What are the ingredients you need to watch out for?
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Are You Ready for the New Boom in Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatrics is the fastest-growing market in dentistry. Dr. Roger Sanger explains how DOCS Education's updated protocols can keep you on top of the new wave.
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Resolution 77: The Most Monumental Mistake the ADA Could Ever Make

The ADA is voting on revised sedation guidelines, known as Resolution 77, on November 10. The resolution will obliterate oral sedation dentistry—and put you and your patients at risk.

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One Step Closer to an Enamel Restorative Treatment

Researchers in England report progress in the search for an effective restorative agent that can curtail infection and sensitivity. If dentinal tubules, nanoparticles and fluorosurfactants are your thing, keep reading.

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Why Anesthetics Aren't Effective for Long Cases

A member has been on a losing streak when it comes to keeping his patients numb and comfortable for restorations. Why isn't the anesthetic as effective?

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The Single Most Important Reason Why Every Dentist Needs Advanced Life Support Training

It's inarguable, infallible and undisputable. Just ask veteran dentist and longtime DOCS Education Member Dr. Steve E. Chamish.

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Millennials Prefer Dentists to the Banking Industry

A study shows that Millennials are primed to wreak havoc on the banking industry, which has nothing to do with dentistry. Or does it?

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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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No alcohol, avoid sushi, limit your caffeine intake…brush and floss? The importance of keeping your body healthy during pregnancy is common knowledge, but new studies suggest maintaining good oral health may be especially important during pregnancy, and poor oral hygiene can have some serious consequences. In the absence of adequate oral hygiene, periodontal bacteria accumulate in the gingival crevice. This bacteria may enter the bloodstream, disseminating throughout the body and triggering the induction of systemic inflammation responses and/or ectopic infections.
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On Monday, July 1, 2013, the University of Pennsylvania Health System joined dozens of hospitals across the country by implementing a ban on hiring smokers. Proponents say such policies lower health care costs and improve employee and community health. Others believe these restrictions may be the beginning of a slippery ethical slope.
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Dr. Paul Weiss's pediatric dental office in Williamville, NY, has a very special helper on their team. Like many other dental office assistants, Weiss’s new partner is friendly, caring and tries her hardest to make all patients feel comfortable and safe. However, she does differ in some respects: her idea of a perfect day involves sticking her head out of a car window, she has a taste for kibble and frequently has spats with cats. Yep, the newest addition to Weiss’s practice is a dog.
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The second largest health insurer in America, WellPoint Insurance, has agreed to pay a fine of $1.7 million to settle potential violations of healthcare privacy laws. Between October 2009 and March 2010, WellPoint breached the health and personal information protection of 612,402 individuals. The breach was due to a security flaw in an online application database.
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Losing a tooth: it’s jarring, painful and inconvenient. However, a recent study suggests there may be even more serious repercussions to lost teeth than slightly diminished chomping abilities.
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A Member of DOCS Education asks: I have a 61 year old, 175 lbs female patient requiring a long sedation appointment. She is currently taking Advair®, Cartia XT®, losartan HCT and fenofibrate. Due to the medication interactions we cannot use diazepam or triazolam. Would it be possible for me to use lorazepam the night before, and if so, at what dosage should it be administered? Then at what incremental and loading dose should the lorazepam be given an hour prior to the appointment? After assessing the patient on arrival, what dose of hydroxyzine should be given? Finally, what incremental doses of lorazepam should be given at what intervals?
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