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Dentists Unknowingly Aid Spread of C-diff

The communication gap between physicians and dentists has long been identified as an obstacle to providing successful care. Nowhere is this illustrated more painfully than with C. dificile infections.

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These Dentists Teamed Up to Fight Hurricane Damage. Will You Join Them?

In the wake of America’s most devastating storm season since 2005, dentists and dental organizations are joining forces with aid groups to help those affected.

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Sedation of Patient Taking Multiple C and D Interaction Medications

A young woman presents with a history of depression, agoraphobia and mood dysregulation, and is on multiple medications for same. Can she safely be oral sedated? DOCS faculty weigh in.

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The 5 Steps to Handle PR Disasters

Social media can be a fantastic tool to promote your practice, engage with your community and attract new patients using a platform they are already comfortable with, but not all press is good pres

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The Top 3 Exciting Discoveries in Dentistry this Week

Squid ink that can check for gum disease, a rapid test for peri-implantitis risk using chewing gum, and compelling new evidence suggests our salivary microbes don’t come from where we think!

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Sedation of 67-Year-Old Woman Taking Anxiolytic Medication

How does the standard oral sedation protocol change when a patient is taking multiple medications for the same condition? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Playing Russian Roulette with the Lives of Your Patients

Dentists rarely, if ever, have to deal with the subject of patient deaths. But some of your patients may be dying needlessly from complications of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a dangerous medical illness with a safe and effective dental solution.

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Sedation Dentistry: The More You Know, The More You Need to Learn

Successful sedation dentists are very much in demand. In fact, their comfort with treating dental and medically complex cases has created a self-perpetuating need for their services. That, in turn, requires veteran sedation dentists to continue to expand and update their sedation and safety training.

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Use of naloxone and atropine in emergency situations

How are naloxone and atropine (from the emergency kit) properly implemented? DOCS Education faculty weigh in with a summary of emergency preparedness.

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Good Hygiene, Bad Teeth?

Can you really have too much of a good thing when it comes to hygiene?

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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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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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The importance of learning and disclosing all medications of a current patient is important, and may be a clue to why a patient doesn't respond to sedation as expected.
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How much can sedated patients really remember? More than you think, says new study.
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You may know the final outcome of the ADA House of Delegates vote on Resolution 77. But understanding the who, how and what's next is just as crucial.
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Is there cause for concern if a patient's sedation level seems to increase after leaving the office, even if they are "perked up" by the administration of sugar post-operatively?
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