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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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Get Back to Basics! Read the DOCS Digest Spring Issue

Are you a CE Junkie? Get addicted to understanding the basics so you can become a better dentist. All you have to do is start with reading the Spring 2015 DOCS Digest—now available in digital format!

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Why Every Dental Office Needs InspectionPass

Inspections are becoming a more commonplace requirement for sedation permits—15 states and counting. Is your state one? But even if you're in a state where this practice is not yet convention, you should still run your office like you're preparing for an inspection. Find out three irrefutable reasons why.

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How a Change in Medications for a Type 1 Diabetic Patient Affects the Sedation Protocol

A sedation patient with type 1 diabetes returns to a DOCS Education member's practice with a new regimen of medications. How has this patient's condition changed, and how does it affect the sedation protocol?

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Could Plasma Be Dentistry's Next Superhero?

It sterilizes faster than a speeding bullet.
It bleaches more powerfully than hydrogen peroxide.
It improves composite performance with a chemical bond.

It's non-thermal atmospheric plasma!

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Studies Show Dentists Underestimate Patient Demand for Sedation

Are you talking about your sedation services enough? Probably not, says one dental anesthesiologist at the University of Toronto. Numerous studies and surveys show that dentists are underestimating patient demand for sedation.

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Seeking advice on first oral sedation dentistry appointment

After you complete your oral conscious sedation training, the next step is selecting that first case you'll be treating in your office. When are medical conditions a red-flag regarding who should be treated, and just how complicated should your case be right out of the gate? A freshly-trained member of DOCS Education checks in with Dr. Wellbrock before seeing his first sedation appointment.

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Why Wine Professionals Have Soft Teeth

Enamel erosion is an occupational hazard when your job is to taste a hundred wines a day. Wine has a pH of 3-4, after all. A study in Australia used nanoscratch testing to gain insight into the mechanisms involved in early stage tooth softening.

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A member of DOCS Education needs clarification on what constitutes a sedation protocol, as well as the proper procedure for their patient.
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It’s almost that time of year…the end of days is upon us! Just kidding. What’s actually happening is 100% less apocalyptic and 100% more educational—that’s right—Sedation Safety Week!
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The 1940s, 50s and 60s marked the arrival of the largest generation America had ever seen: the baby boomers. With that generation came a new level of dental needs.


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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I have an 18-year-old male patient who presents with well-controlled bipolar disorder. The patient has had his last physical within one year. The patient is currently taking 1 mg of clonazepam h.s., fluoxetine in the morning and 1 mg of risperidone h.s.


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A member of DOCS Education asks:

I am showing some [D] interactions on Lexicomp for triazolam, diazepam, hydroxyzine and Ambien® as well as Norco®. We could skip the Ambien®, but I still have concerns about the Norco®. Any suggestions? This is a chronic pain patient.

Thanks


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One thing you may not know? The combination of sedation and implant placement is greater than the sum of its parts.
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