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Oral Cancer: We need to talk about it

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Younger and younger patients are being diagnosed with oral cancer, a disease that, until recently, was thought to only infect older patients. Delta Dental of Tennessee has released a new education video on YouTube entitled, “Oral Cancer: We need to talk about it,” in an attempt to spread awareness about the rising trend of oral cancer in patients under 40.

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Does a patient’s osteoporosis complicate sedation?

Dr. Mark Chunn, Fellow with DOCS Education, writes:

I have a 71-year-old female whom I have seen several times over two years ago when we removed a couple of teeth. Recently she presented with a minor problem that was addressed on an emergency basis (limited exam). I have recommended that she return for a complete exam and radiographs in order to formulate a treatment plan. In reviewing her medical history, I learned that she was placed on Alendronate one month ago by a nurse practitioner. She also takes Metformin and Pravastatin.

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Take me to the river, drop me in the water

Never a cut and dry issue, water fluoridation is again in the news. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D. has officially endorsed water fluoridation as "one of the most effective choices communities can make to prevent health problems while actually improving the oral health of their citizens."

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Is a self-described "functioning alcoholic" a candidate for sedation, or even for treatment?

A DOCS Education member from Washington state questions whether they should treat a patient who they suspect of being under the influence of alcohol. Find out what DOCS Education faculty and regulatory council have to say about the situation.

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Tooth be Told — Ancient dental fossils provide early human link

A team of scientists have discovered dental links between a species discovered in South Africa and the earliest forms of humans.

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New wisdom from an old procedure

Dental anesthesia has been used for over 100 years, but new research may have discovered an interesting side effect in younger patients.

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Treating fearful patients with sedation dentistry was all I could do… Ortho I thought

Dr. Anthony Feck, Dean of faculty at DOCS Education, is joined by Six Month Smiles to bring you a free webinar entitled “Short Term Ortho for the Phobic Patient”. Learn how a general dentist can reach an entirely new patient base.

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Is a cancer patient with other health complications a sedation candidate?

In this week’s case study, a DOCS Education member questions whether his patient’s health-risks will allow for sedation.

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Once more into the bleach, dear friends

Researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the Forsyth Institute published a study today that found that a significant proportion of dental bib clips harbored bacteria from the patient, dental clinician and the environment even after the clips had undergone standard disinfection procedures in a hygiene clinic.

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Surely you can't be serious: DALS® on an Airplane

We are pleased to bring you another story from a DOCS Education member who was able to utilize their advanced care life support training outside of the dental office. Read what happened here

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Any contraindications with the normal triazolam protocol for a dentophobic patient using a SynchroMed® pump to deliver Dilaudid® 10 mg/ml (2.5 mg/day) and clonidine 100 mcg/ml (25 mcg/day) to the lumbar area of the spine for kidney pain?
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I have a patient with extremely high dental anxiety, severe Fibromyalgia, and thick, ropey saliva. What would you recommend regarding this case?
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I have a fearful patient who states that she previously hallucinated when given IV Valium® at a different office. I was planning on anxiolysis with triazolam. Should I be concerned about a similar reaction?
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I recently had two sedation patients who were very restless during their procedures. Should I have administered more sedation medication to the patients?
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We recently had a patient whose medical history revealed serum disease as part of a sensitivity to narcotic agents. Is this a concern if we choose to use conscious sedation medications with her?
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I have a 24-year-old moderately anxious female patient with sarcoidosis in remission and diagnosed with Graves' disease at age 14. Are there any thoughts, suggestions or warnings?


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