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What Does 400,000-Year-Old Tartar Tell Us?

Anthropologists are gaining insight into the lives of prehistoric humans using data gathered from ancient teeth. What researchers are discovering is amazing.

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Can I get Alzheimer's from that Root Canal?

Does that seem like a ridiculous question to you? Unfortunately, it's not so preposterous according to a new study published in the Journal Nature.

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The Role of the Dentist in Controlling Blood Pressure for a Sedation Appointment

Should you be trying to control a patient's blood pressure with medication before, during or after a sedation appointment? A DOCS Education member wonders why DOCS Education courses don't cover this topic. Drs. Wellbrock and Goyal advise.

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Big Potential in the Oral Microbiome

700-plus. That's the current estimate for the number of different bacteria types that live in the human oral cavity. Major advances in DNA sequencing technologies are opening up new areas of research into the human microbiome. Study results already look promising.

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Caught Between Sucrose and Sucralose: A Dentist’s Dilemma

Americans are addicted to sweet, but both sugar and artificial sweeteners have serious health risks. How can dentists help patients understand the consequences of their sugary addictions? Get the facts, sweetheart.

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Previous Allergic Reaction to IV Sedation a Reason for Concern?

A patient needs sedation for a root canal and extraction. However, the patient reports that years ago she was intubated after IV sedation; she has since been IV sedated without any incidence. Should the doctor proceed with oral conscious sedation?

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Why Pediatric Dentistry Makes Sense in 2015

Once upon a time, dentists believed that treating pediatric patients was a fast track to a dead-end career. Wake up, sleeping beauties! Times have changed—pediatric dentistry ain't what it used to be.
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How Are You Giving Back to Your Community?

Volunteer time? Dental service trips? Mentoring or teaching? There are a lot of ways to use your skills and knowledge to help people beyond your daily routine of appointments and consultations. We've got a few extraordinary examples for you in the Summer issue of DOCS Digest - the digital edition is here!

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Can amoxicillin cause light-headedness in a patient who is allergic to penicillin?

A 91-year-old patient is taking 500 mg of amoxicillin leading up to a sedation appointment and is experiencing dizziness. The patient is allergic to penicillin. A DOCS Education Member seeks the advice of DOCS Education faculty for next steps.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy + Sedation Dentistry: The Silver Bullet for Anxious Patients?

New research from Sweden finds that people with dental anxiety respond well to a specific kind of mental health counseling called cognitive behavioral therapy. When combined with sedation dentistry it could be the silver bullet patients with dental fear have been looking for.

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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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A DOCS Education member from Washington state questions whether they should treat a patient who they suspect of being under the influence of alcohol. Find out what DOCS Education faculty and regulatory council have to say about the situation.
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In this week’s case study, a DOCS Education member questions whether his patient’s health-risks will allow for sedation.
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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 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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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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