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The Devil is in the Details: Free CE

You like dentistry. You want to perform dentistry. Do you want to spend your time worrying about office policies, or which state and federal rules apply to your dental office? What a headache.

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Keep Portland weird?

For the fourth time since 1956, Portland has rejected the fluoridation of water and upheld its status as the only city in the nation's 30 most populous without fluoridated water. Despite the proponents raising three times the money of the opponents, they were voted down 60% to 40% on Tuesday, May 21st.

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What to expect when you’re not expecting an emergency

A member of DOCS Education writes:

Our office has been doing oral conscious sedation for several years now and, thankfully, we have never faced an emergency situation with a patient. There are two questions that arise from my patients and my staff that we would appreciate input on.

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Walter White eyes the diet soda business

Before you take a sweet, refreshing sip of that diet soda sitting in your fridge, you should probably know – your teeth may not find it so refreshing. Even calorie-free soda could harm your teeth.

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These teeth were made for growin’

Humans have two sets of teeth. We learn this from the time we’re young. Our baby teeth come in first, then, around age six, our baby teeth begin to loosen and fall out making room for our adult, permanent teeth. Researchers from Keck School of Medicine of USC have discovered unique cellular and molecular mechanisms behind tooth renewal in American alligators, and hope to use this knowledge to someday re-grow teeth in humans.

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A young patient with a rare neurological disorder proves a challenging sedation case

A member of DOCS Education writes:

I have an upcoming patient who is a 21-year-old male with Landau-Kleffner syndrome that is to be sedated for a two-surface filling. The patient was seen by another dentist four years ago, and at that time was given two .25mg tabs of Triazolam prior to dental work. The patient has Autism-type movements and struggles to sit still, making monitoring difficult.

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Don’t call it a comeback

DOCS Education is proud to introduce The Incisor Hub. Every piece of content from the Incisor over the past several years, organized into one place. We’ve taken all the content you love and placed it into one, easy to navigate location. Sort by case study, featured story or blog post to find the content you want, when you want it. Hankering to narrow down your search even more? Sort by article subject, find your favorite dental news, science findings, sedation related stories and more, just with the click of the mouse.

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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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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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