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Spotlight on Member Daniel S. Cook, DDS

A DOCS Education member for the past 12 years, Dr. Cook explains why he chose to practice dentistry, his biggest challenges, and why he considers Dr. Omar Reed as his mentor in the dental profession.

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Sedating a diabetic on many medications

A diabetic 52-year-old patient suffers from severe dental anxiety. She also has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, a back injury—and currently takes 16 different medications/supplements. Is this a candidate for successful sedation?

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Don’t forget to utilize the Section 179 Tax Deduction!

The Section 179 Tax Deduction allows small business owners to deduct the full amount of qualifying equipment and/or software purchases made in 2012.

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OCS vs. IV Sedation for nonverbal, mentally disabled man

With a history of epileptic seizures and a mental disability, the patient is already an atypical patient. Further complicating the situation is the fact that he is nonverbal and has refused to open his mouth in past appointments. Would OCS or IV sedation be a better treatment fit for this 35-year-old man?

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2012 SEC Championship Update: Predictions for the game you could be attending!

If you’re one of the lucky doctors registered for the Atlanta Oral Sedation Dentistry course, then you have the chance of winning two tickets to this year’s SEC Championship game! The game, held on Saturday, December 1 at 4 p.m. EST at the Georgia Dome, determines the Southeastern Conference's football season champion.

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As ADA Annual Session cools down, issues in dentistry stay hot

The 2012 ADA Annual session came to a close Saturday, but discussions regarding House decisions regarding dues and dental specialties are still swirling.

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Sedating healthy female with single-dose protocol

The patient is a healthy 32-year-old female with high dental anxiety. What is the proper single-dose protocol for this case?

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A funny thing happened on the way to renew my ACLS

A past DALS attendee emailed his DOCS Education CE Representative expressing how his DALS training helped him during a critical time. What crucial tip from the DALS course did he implement when he suffered a medical emergency?

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Simple solution permits nursing mother to receive sedation safely

The 32-year-old nursing mother already takes a number of medications to treat ulcerative colitis and migraines. She’d like to receive oral conscious sedation, but how can this be accomplished without subjecting her infant to inappropriate drugs?

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UCLA Dentistry receives major grant to develop saliva test to predict onset of PTSD

A team of researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry have received a $3.8 million research grant to develop a salivary-biomarker approach for identifying individuals at future risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder and depression following a traumatic event.

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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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