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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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New Study Links Higher Amelogenin Levels To Healthier Enamel

Genetic predisposition to weaker or stronger enamel might influence caries formation more than previously thought.

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Pre-Sedation Baseline Vitals

A DOCS Education Gold member inquires:

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Is Your Patient-Acquisition Technique Inclusive to Everyone?

A new dental consumer survey highlights disparities on how patients look for dentists, choose dental insurance, and receive care.
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Topical Anesthesia Weak? Add Electricity!

A new method of local anesthesia administration has emerged using electricity to increase tissue penetration. Could high-fear patients stand to benefit?

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Patient-Limited Efficacy in Oral Conscious Protocols

What are the limitations of oral conscious sedation when treating very large and/or obese patients? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Meet the Father of Dentistry

Nearly all of modern dentistry began with one man living in the early 1700s. Incisor takes a look at how the inventions and observations of Pierre Fauchard revolutionized dentistry.

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Optical Illusions in Dentistry

Can optical illusions interfere with treatment? A new study examines how the Delbouef illusion might influence the amount of material endodontists remove during a root resection.

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Hydroxyzine Reaction in Smoker?

A patient who is a pack-a-day smoker initially is sedated well, but arises agitated after several hours. Reaction to hydroxyzine or nicotine withdrawal? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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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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