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Every Breath You Take: Study Links Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Periodontal Disease

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Surgeon General have both classified secondhand smoke as a known human cancer-causing agent, but what about its effects on oral health? A recent study links environmental tobacco smoke exposure and periodontal disease.

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What You Need to Know About IV Sedation

Are you considering getting an IV sedation permit but aren't sure if it's the right move for you and your practice? Join us for a free webinar with DOCS Education Dean of Faculty, Dr. Anthony S. Feck—get free CE credits and your IV sedation questions answered.

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Veganism: Good for Body, Bad for Teeth?

Does a vegan diet lead to a higher risk of cavities? A recent study published by Public Library of Science (PLOS) ONE explores how a vegan diet might do more harm than good for one's teeth.

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Healthy male patient agitated during sedation appointment

A DOCS Education member writes in about a healthy, ASA I patient taking no medications who comes in for a sedation appointment. It's all pretty routine, but the patient becomes agitated once sedated. What's the cause?

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DOCS Education Presents: IV Sedation Certification

If you've been considering expanding your sedation armamentarium, look no further: DOCS Education has partnered with Oregon Health & Science University to offer IV Sedation Certification this summer and fall. Get a sneak preview of the course at a free webinar with a DOCS Education faculty member!

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Does hydroxyzine block dopamine receptors and aggravate restless legs syndrome?

A patient experiences restless legs syndrome while in the chair after being sedated; the clinician thinks it may be from hydroxyzine. Dr. Jerome Wellbrock weighs in with his thoughts on drug interactions and suggested medications.

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Do Teeth Have a Gender?

Feminine teeth, masculine teeth—is there really a difference? Some studies say there are size differences between the teeth of men and women, but others refute the claim. Incisor looks at the role teeth can play in gender identity, including gender reassignment surgery.

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Calling for University Connections!

Dental students are hungry for more information on nitrous oxide and sedation. So, DOCS Education is offering student lunch-and-learns at universities across the U.S. Tell us where we should visit next!

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Wires, Drills, Epoxy–Oh My! DIY Dentistry

Dremel power tool + acrylic resin + Internet = DIY Dentistry!

Find out more about the growing Internet trend of do-it-yourself dentistry. Warning: you may be left speechless after reading this blog post.

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Should a patient stop his methadone medication for a sedation appointment?

What do you do when your patient with a history of opioid addiction is being treated with methadone? A DOCS Education member consults faculty members, Drs. Jerome Wellbrock and PJ Goyal, to get advice on the proper sedation protocol.

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An exciting new study from Irish scientists has discovered that coconut oil has the potential to inhibit bacterial growth, preventing tooth decay. We’re not saying you should drop the floss and pick up the deep-fried Oreo, but this is an exciting new development in terms of dental health.
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In response to the Food and Drug Administration’s request for information regarding the clinical development and use of sedation products in adult and pediatric age groups, the American Dental Association and four dental specialty organizations responded that dental procedures can provide meaningful data on the safety and capability of sedation products.
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“In the future we envision,” explains Dr. Sharpe, “a patient who loses a tooth and wants a replacement will be able to choose between current methods and a biological-based implant—a new natural tooth—derived from the patient’s own dental stem cells.”
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