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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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Science has made some amazing strides in recent years, moving ever closer to organs being grown in labs. Not quite ready for prime-time, a new technique pioneered by a group of researchers in England has dentists optimistic. See what they achieved here.
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Getting kids to eat healthy food is always a challenge, one that food companies have been trying to address with a slew of new health-centric products. Do these pre-packaged snacks beat out the produce aisle? The answer may surprise you.
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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have made significant progress in isolating prevention methods for periodontitis. Their new research, published in the Journal of Immunology could be the next step in treatment therapy for a disease affecting millions of adults.
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It is accepted in the healthcare profession that vitamin D supports bone health, but vitamin D’s impact on caries has led to much debate. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis finds that vitamin D may reduce the risk of caries in children.
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A team of researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry have received a $3.8 million research grant to develop a salivary-biomarker approach for identifying individuals at future risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder and depression following a traumatic event.
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Is there a new miracle drug on the horizon to treat patients suffering from dental phobia? Researchers at the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (ICTSI) and West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute have been rewarded $50,000 to help find out.
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