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Oral Sedation is Not for Extremely Ill Patients

Dr. Wellbrock explains why oral sedation, despite its wide therapeutic range and efficacy, is not a catch-all for patients with certain serious health issues.

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Drilling for Danger – Prions found to be Transmissible in Aerosols

A study has confirmed that prions – responsible for diseases like Mad Cow – can be transmitted and infective through aerosolized droplets of fluid, such as those produced during a dental procedure.

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Sleep Deprivation Shown to Have Negative Oral Health Effects

Sleep deprivation has been shown to have a markedly negative effect on oral health through inflammatory pathways, irrespective of a person’s oral hygiene.

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Three Dental Discoveries Driving Innovation in Medicine

Discoveries in dental science often lead to applications well beyond the oral cavity; from dental stem cells being used to regenerate kidneys to periodontal treatment used to fight chronic disease.

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Providing Anxiolysis to Overweight Patient on Multiple Medications

A DOCS Educaton member ponders how to provide mild but effective anxiolysis to an overweight patient with multiple CNS-depressant medications.

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Dentistry In Space

It seems strange that floating through the air like a feather could be hard on the body, but microgravity is no joke for the human anatomy, teeth included.

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Sedation of Polypharmacy Patient on Multiple CNS Depressants

Can a patient on multiple CNS depressants for the same condition be treated under DOCS oral conscious sedation protocols? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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The Fang Blenny: a Pint-Sized Toxicological Terror

Some of the most frightening teeth in the animal kingdom are contained in a cute-looking little fish smaller than your hand. Recently, some species were found to have a powerful opioid toxin.

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Five of the Strangest Dental Superstitions from Around the World

From teeth-stealing mice to the dangers of witchcraft, few things have been the subject of as much superstition as teeth

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Sedation of Patient Taking Tramadol

What's the protocol for treating a patient who needs to take tramadol for back pain prior to an appointment? This medication is listed as a "serious" interaction with DOCS sedation meds.

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When a patient presents with an extensive medical history, a DOCS Education member reaches out to faculty and colleagues to confirm that he has made the correct call with his treatment plan.
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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s advice:

I had a partly successful appointment yesterday. My patient was a 54-year-old male heavy smoker with controlled bp, Mallampati class 3, had premed with 10mg diazepam the night before and 0.25mg triazolam in the AM before the appointment.


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In February 2014 a four-month-old boy in Maryland had surgery to remove a brain tumor.
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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I have a 41-year-old female patient who takes 10 mg of doxepin twice daily.

I checked Lexicomp™ for any interactions with diazepam, but it did not list any. Before I proceed with treatment, I would like to confirm it is ok to give diazepam to a patient taking 10 mg of doxepin twice daily. Thank you!


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University of Adelaide researcher Dr. Kylie Ellis has made an unusual discovery: stem cells from teeth can grow into brain-like cells. The research was conducted by Dr.
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