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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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Reconsider performing ANY procedure for patient with terminal cancer

The woman is 65 and in need of complete dentures following full-mouth extraction. However, she has recently received chemotherapy and radiation treatment following the diagnosis of lung cancer. What do these facts portend in regard to sedation dentistry?

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I know that pregnancy is a contraindication for oral conscious sedation (OCS). But I have a patient that is trying to get pregnant and wants OCS. How accurate is a hospital administered pregnancy blood test (false positives)?


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A DOCS Education member asks: Have you had any personal experiences with sedating an autistic patient? Have you heard of any concerns with this issue?


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My patient is a female, age 31, married, taking birth control pills, and has multiple sclerosis. Are there any special precautions I should take for this patient for oral sedation?


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It has been said the city of Minneapolis has two seasons, snow removal and road repair. The DOCS Education team was quickly introduced to the cool temperatures in April as snow fell Thursday night...
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New regulations adopted in March by the New Jersey Board of Dentistry could limit dentists’ administration of injectable pharmacologics.
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