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Sedation of Patients with Benzodiazepine Allergy

What are the options when you cannot relieve a patient's anxiety with benzodiazepine medication? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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You'll Never Guess Which Famous People Used to Be Dentists

A career in dentistry can lead many places, from the Old West to the Silver Screen. Check out these historical and contemporary figures who got their start on the humble handpiece.

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"My Patient Eats Bricks!" – Problematic Patterns in Patients with Pica

Lots of activities can cause dental damage, but what do you do about patients who are compelled to eat non-food items?

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Moving Forward After a Break-In

When a DOCS member experiences a break-in damaging her DEA Cabinet, what should she do to continue serving the patients scheduled for the next day?

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Study Finds Women Predisposed to Develop Dry Socket

An analysis published in the Journal of the American Dental Association suggests that women may be predisposed to alveolar osteitis as a result of higher estrogen.

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Oral Cancer Risk may be Increased by Gum Disease Bacteria

Periodontitis associated bacteria have been found to secrete metabolic by-products that could lead to an increased risk for a type of oral cancer.

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Flossing for the High Score - Motivation in the 21st Century

Could goal-tracking software help patients maintain oral hygiene? The next step in getting patients to floss might be one of these apps.

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Promising New Painkillers in Development

Could researchers be on the brink of discovering a brand-new class of painkillers?

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Sedation Medication Interaction with Verapamil

How best should a clinician handle the sedation of an older patient taking verapamil? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Archaeologists find Earliest Evidence of Dental Fillings

Researchers have identified ancient evidence of dental fillings used to stabilize a cracked tooth in the early Neolithic period, far earlier than previous finds have indicated fillings developed.

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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I have a patient who has a GFR of 31. I understand that the normal GFR is 131 to 140 and that the minimum acceptable level is 60.

The patient's nephrologist said he considers the patient stable and that she could under-go anesthesia. However, he acknowledged he did not understand which type of anesthesia we would be using.

He also said that any medications utilized should be dose adjusted for her GFR. Should I stay away from treating her totally? Or, with him considering her stable is there a way that I can treat her with local anesthesia and sedation safely?


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We all know how getting a crown goes: A mold is taken of the patient's tooth. The mold is then sent to a dental laboratory and used to make a permanent crown.
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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I would like to get all suggestions for sedating a 79-year-old female with a pacemaker and a history of heart problems. The patient is on clonazepam, 81 mg aspirin, verapamil, digoxin, hydroxychlorine, levothyroxine, meloxicam, metropolol, saccurate(?), Nitrostat® and potassium. Her MD has instructed us not to use any epinephrine. The patient is allergic to penicillin and MD suggested clindamycin, which is what I will prescribe.


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Dental amalgams have long been controversial. A mixture of mercury, silver, tin, copper and other metals, amalgam fillings were first introduced to America in 1833 by two French entrepreneurs, the Crawcour brothers.
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Opinions about hypnosis in dentistry are varied: More accurately known as “Hypnodontia,” this approach has been met by dental professionals with everything from skepticism, to indifference, to tota
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