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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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New Study Links BPA Exposure to Enamel Defects in Children

The case against industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) gets stronger. BPA is a known endocrine disruptor and banned from use in some baby products. Now, a study in Paris has linked BPA to an enamel abnormality in children, known as molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH).

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A DOCS Education member asks the faculty about the possibility of stridor during an oral conscious sedation appointment

When a patient develops possible stridor; an abnormal, high-pitched, musical breathing sound, is it a result of ultrasonic scaling? Or could it be something else?

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Why They Switched: The 5 Biggest Reasons Patients Find a New Dentist

You have a patient due to come in for a regular cleaning. But—surprise—she canceled at the last moment, and you know she's never coming back.

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Snail’s Pace: Why Limpet Teeth Could Create Some of the Lightest, Fastest and Strongest Cars on Earth

Until recently, spider’s silk reigned supreme. In fact, the material once hailed as the strongest substance on earth has now been dethroned—by snail teeth, or Limpet teeth, of all things.

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Safety First: Dr. Jerome Wellbrock advises IV sedation or general anesthesia for patient with schizophrenia

A patient seeks the faculty’s advice concerning a full mouth extraction case for a patient with schizophrenia.

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2015 Sedation Safety Week: 5 Days that Shape the Other 360

DOCS Education’s 7th annual Sedation Safety Week is nearly here! Don’t miss out on the five resource-filled days that provide dentists around the country with the information to help ensure safety remains the focal point of their practices.

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Dr. Wellbrock advises against sedating smoker, insomniac and probable hyporesponder

A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s advice over sedating a chronically sleep-deprived, potential hyporesponder with a low baseline pulse.

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Why Profit Matters: An introduction to the new issue of the DOCS Digest from Dr. Anthony Feck

Talking business is dicey, no matter how you slice it. And yet patient happiness is reliant upon the fiscal stability of your business. Providing superior care means earning profit. In turn, profit allows you to provide superior care. Dr. Feck shares his thoughts on why it is important to consider the sometimes-shied-away-from world of finance in relation to your practice.

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The Abilities of Exfoliated Deciduous Teeth

Stem cells have a strong power of versatility. A natural breeding ground for regenerated material, the most surprising location has been discovered within deciduous teeth. One dentist saw ample scientific opportunities in his daughter's first loose tooth.

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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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