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Should a chronic-pain patient cease medications before OCS procedure?

A patient in chronic pain is not a cut and dry case. There are many factors to consider, not the least of which are possible medication interactions. Two members of DOCS Education's faculty, Dr. Feck and Dr. Welbrock, respond to a time-sensitive request for assistance in treating such a case.

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A tooth in the cells is worth two in the mouth

Science has made some amazing strides in recent years, moving ever closer to organs being grown in labs. Not quite ready for prime-time, a new technique pioneered by a group of researchers in England has dentists optimistic. See what they achieved here.

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Winter 2013 Digital DOCS Digest is here

It’s that time again! The Winter 2013 DOCS Digest is here and ready for you to view on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Find out what’s inside here.

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DALS® and the Real World

A recent attendee of DOCS Education’s DALS® course finds himself in a situation outside the office where his training became invaluable. He sent us his story and we feel it is important that you read it.

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55 year-old female patient with COPD may have negative medication interactions

A 55-year-old female patient with COPD on a host of medications is scheduled for oral conscious sedation. Will her medications adversely affect the sedation protocols?

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2013 Sedation Safety Week is coming soon!

Sedation Safety Week is right around the corner. We’re busy putting the finishing touches on all our material, but we need your help.

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12-year-old proves oral sedation ineffective due to extreme fear and unmanageability

A 12-year-old girl with a history of high dental fear is unresponsive to the normal course of medication and refuses treatment. What should be done differently on her return visit?

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It was a Raspberry Purée – The kind you get at a grocery store

Getting kids to eat healthy food is always a challenge, one that food companies have been trying to address with a slew of new health-centric products. Do these pre-packaged snacks beat out the produce aisle? The answer may surprise you.

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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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New all-in-one toothbrush seeks crowdsource funding

Have you ever forgotten part of your oral hygiene kit when you went on a trip? Do you hate having to dig through your luggage to pull out eight different items to be checked by TSA when all you want is a clean, healthy mouth while you travel? A new toothbrush prototype is set to save you from future hassle, but they need your help.

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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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