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Ace Chat – Working to Make a Difference for Your Patients on Your Website

Find out how using a chat service can increase your website retention, attract new patients and give your practice an unparalleled level of service.

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Gum Disease Tied to Glaucoma - Implications for Sedation Dentists

Gum disease presents a surprising risk for glaucoma, reports a new study from Harvard Medical School. What does this mean for sedation patients?

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Minimal Sedation Options for Heavy Gagger

How should a clinician approach helping a patient who needs sedation primarily for its effect in reducing the gag reflex? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Dispensing Sedation Meds: In-Office or Pharmacy?

DEA compliance is a serious topic, and not all dentists want to deal with the hassle of dispensing drugs from their office. What's the best option?
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Fascinating Imagery of Cavitation Bubbles Reveals Ultrasonic Potential

Through high-speed photography and microscopy, researchers have identified a key property of ultrasonic hand scalers, and how new tip designs might make SRP more comfortable and effective.
Tags: ultrasonic, dentistry, cavitation

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Why are forensic scientists pulling bite mark analysis?

An influential commission of forensic science experts has called for the end of using bite mark analysis as evidence.

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Harnessing the power of positivity in pediatric dentistry

Do pediatric cases make you tense up? Are you unsure how to best set a child at ease? Dr. Barbara Sheller discusses ICCPD's course on pediatric patient managment.

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Methadone and Oral Sedation

Methadone is a powerful opioid used for maintenance treatment as part of the process of treating opioid dependency.

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Seizures Induced by Dental Fear

When a patient seizes during a routine hygiene appointment, their companion mentions that it may be due to acute dental fear. Can the clinician safely provide this patient a comfortable experience?

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Why You Should Ask Your Patients About Their Sleeping Habits

Could sleeping tendencies and oral health be connected? A new study implicates sleeping habits as a potential source of enamel erosion.

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A member of DOCS Education asks: My patient is a 21 year old female who presents for IV sedation and operative dentistry. She smokes 0.5 packs/day, reports she has bronchitis but has no medication for such. She also states she takes Depakote® for bipolar disorder and Propranolol for tachycardia. Lexicomp shows no interactions with the Depakote® and only a C rating for Fentanyl (a non-benzodiazepine) and Propranolol. No other interactions are listed.
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A Member of DOCS Education asks: The Sedation Dentistry Guidebook offers a form titled "Sedation Appointment Checklist." The checklist outlines some instructions specifically for smokers, specifically how long to refrain from smoking after a sedation appointment. To clarify, are we to use this form to communicate to patients how long they are not to smoke before their sedation appointment? I remember from the DOCS course that smokers were encouraged to smoke before and throughout the sedation appointment as needed. Do we offer this option to all patients that smoke, or only to those who smoke beyond a specific threshold of cigarettes per day? Off of that, what is the protocol for allowing a patient to smoke during the sedation appointment? Should we keep the pulse ox attatched to the patient and accompany them outside? Any clarification would be appreciated?
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If you tear up a bit while reading this post, we won’t judge you. Feel your feelings.
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A DOCS Education Member asks: I have a 32 year-old male patient with no health concerns other than a past history of opiate abuse. I first saw this patient three years ago for a sedation consultation; he never followed through with further treatment. At that time the patient was taking 24mg of Suboxone® a day. Patient is now down to 1mg of Suboxone® per day and is seeking treatment for his many dental problems. Is this a safe patient to treat with OCS medications, or are there changes I should make to the protocol? Patient may need several root canals and I normally do the extra strength Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen combo for the first day. I do not typically have to call in any pain meds for day two or beyond, but if this patient requires them, what would you suggest I do? My thought is to have the MD managing his Suboxone® make this judgment.
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Miley Cyrus, America’s favorite child-actor-turned-twerking-demon has been extremely productive lately: swinging naked from a wrecking ball in her new music video, wearing a bodysuit made out of a teddy bear, and reminding the world, “why yes, I was absolutely born with a tongue.” The pop star has been photographed numerous times with her trademark wide-eyed, tongue-cocked pose and people are talking. “She’s out of control! Where are her parents! Where can I get that teddy bear unitard?”
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If you’re a rapper (I’m looking at you, Flavor Flav), then you’re already well aware of the aesthetic benefits that diamonds can have for your million-watt smile. If you’re a dentist, you might be interested in the relationship between diamonds and teeth for reasons other than what style of grillz to buy this year.
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