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What does she know that he doesn't?

He's smiling, she's not. Why? Share your creative caption for this photo from the We Believe in Smiles™ archive and you could win a beautiful photo canvass - suitable for hanging in your office or at home. Also, see the winning caption, runner-up, and honorable mentions from last edition's NitrousOh! Photo Caption Contest.

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Severe periodontal disease increasing along with the associated risk of several cancers

Patients with severe periodontal disease have a 24% increased risk of developing cancer over 15 years, according to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The association was strongest for lung and colorectal cancers.

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Drill-and-Fill no more? Silver Diamine Fluoride could become the new standard of care for caries

A topical treatment and prophylactic for dental caries, Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), is gaining acceptance among American dentists as a safe alternative to treating caries by excavation and restoration, both for children and adults. Although currently used off-label, SDF as a treatment for cavities appears poised to get full FDA approval in the near future.

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The future of sedation dentistry: A dynamic interview with industry pioneer, Dr. Michael Silverman

Dr. Michael Silverman, founder and president of DOCS Education, delivers an impromptu "State of the Sedation Union" overview of the dental oral sedation landscape as a guest on The Thriving Dentist Show, hosted by Gary Takacs.

Topics covered include: The demand for sedation dentistry by patients; great tips for dentists to make sedation part of their practice (or a bigger part of their practice); updated training and safety measures; the IV sedation permit as a 'Forever Permit;' support available from DOCS Education to members; and Dr. Silverman's forecast for the future of sedation dentistry.

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The three big lies about dental sleep medicine

Tens of millions of dental patients face serious health complications from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), yet so few dentists choose to provide their patients with life-saving dental sleep appliances. Why?

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Your practice could well face large opioid-related damages from a growing army of aggressive plaintiffs' attorneys

Veteran business journalist Dennis Kneale has some disturbing news for dentists: Even if you followed all the regulations to a T, you may face considerable financial liabilities if you've been prescribing opioids to your patients.

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Redheads may have more fun, but NOT at their dentist

Before starting treatment, he was offered nitrous but refused. After I stopped, he cried for a few minutes and wanted to leave.

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Spending on dental care is a top health priority according to a study of 2.3 million consumers

Consumers lay out more of their own funds for dental care than any other discretionary health-related expenditure.

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What can you say about this photo?

Incisor readers are invited to submit their funniest, most-creative captions to our new NitrousOh! Photo Caption Contest. Each issue, a winning caption will be chosen and the winner awarded a photo canvass - suitable for hanging in an office or dental practice - from the wide selection of photos available from the We Believe in Smiles™ collection.

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IV sedation of a minor taking antidepressants and antimigraine medication

What are the appropriate agents to use in an IV sedation for a minor, and how do these medications affect the sedation process? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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A DOCS Educaton member ponders how to provide mild but effective anxiolysis to an overweight patient with multiple CNS-depressant medications.
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What's the protocol for treating a patient who needs to take tramadol for back pain prior to an appointment? This medication is listed as a "serious" interaction with DOCS sedation meds.
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Older patients require less sedation medication, but what if they are on other medications that increase the likelihood of being a hyporesponder? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.
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California's state sedation regulations have been in the news recently for potential changes being made to the way sedation permits are dispensed. DOCS regulatory attorney John Bitting weighs in.
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A patient undergoes some standard treatment on her anterior maxillary dentition, and after leaving the office calls in to say she has been sneezing uncontrollably for hours!
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A clinician who treats adolescents under state funded managed care writes in with two complex patients, one with schizophrenia, the other with ADHD and seizures.
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