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Methadone and Oral Sedation

Methadone is a powerful opioid used for maintenance treatment as part of the process of treating opioid dependency.

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Seizures Induced by Dental Fear

When a patient seizes during a routine hygiene appointment, their companion mentions that it may be due to acute dental fear. Can the clinician safely provide this patient a comfortable experience?

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Why You Should Ask Your Patients About Their Sleeping Habits

Could sleeping tendencies and oral health be connected? A new study implicates sleeping habits as a potential source of enamel erosion.

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New Study Links Higher Amelogenin Levels To Healthier Enamel

Genetic predisposition to weaker or stronger enamel might influence caries formation more than previously thought.

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Pre-Sedation Baseline Vitals

A DOCS Education Gold member inquires:

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Is Your Patient-Acquisition Technique Inclusive to Everyone?

A new dental consumer survey highlights disparities on how patients look for dentists, choose dental insurance, and receive care.
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Topical Anesthesia Weak? Add Electricity!

A new method of local anesthesia administration has emerged using electricity to increase tissue penetration. Could high-fear patients stand to benefit?

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Patient-Limited Efficacy in Oral Conscious Protocols

What are the limitations of oral conscious sedation when treating very large and/or obese patients? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Meet the Father of Dentistry

Nearly all of modern dentistry began with one man living in the early 1700s. Incisor takes a look at how the inventions and observations of Pierre Fauchard revolutionized dentistry.

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Optical Illusions in Dentistry

Can optical illusions interfere with treatment? A new study examines how the Delbouef illusion might influence the amount of material endodontists remove during a root resection.

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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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