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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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We’ve always taken for granted that exercise is wholly beneficial. But one study suggests this may not be the case – at least, for our teeth.
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We’ve reported in the past on the oral health benefits of wine and cheese. But until today, we had never come across an (apparently) teeth-improving beverage as universally lauded as coffee.


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Change is inevitable. The only real question is whether to change for the better or for the worse. In this issue, Incisor unveils the improvements and advancements made in the Pediatric Sedation Dentistry curriculum—and what they mean for your practice.
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Teeth. We spend a vast portion of our time thinking about them, treating them and studying them. But how much do we know about the teeth of other creatures?
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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I am considering sedating a patient of mine that is taking 120 mg per day of diltiazem. He has a history of cardiac ablation but is otherwise healthy. This will be my fourth sedation and the first with a "D" drug interaction. Would this patient be an ASA II? Also, should the initial doses of diazepam and triazolam be reduced? Should I use a different protocol? And finally, should I even be sedating this patient?


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