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Hydroxyzine Reaction in Smoker?

A patient who is a pack-a-day smoker initially is sedated well, but arises agitated after several hours. Reaction to hydroxyzine or nicotine withdrawal? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Paging Dr. Snake: Researchers Create Therapeutic Venom Database

Could venom from dangerous animals be used for medicine? Data scientists say it already has, and finding studies should be easier.

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Are Your Patients Damaging their Teeth with Whitening Products?

Are Your Patients Damaging their Teeth with Whitening Products?

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Is My Patient a Hyporesponder?

The importance of learning and disclosing all medications of a current patient is important, and may be a clue to why a patient doesn't respond to sedation as expected.

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Is Your Prescription Bankrupting your Patients?

What's behind the extreme variability in drug prices these days? Incisor takes a look at how fluctuations affect clinicians and patients alike.
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The Rise of No-Drill Dentistry

Is dentistry moving away from the handpiece? New atraumatic techniques may preserve oral health without the need for fillings in early cases.
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Tooth Extraction After Heart Surgery

A patient needs an abscessed tooth extracted, but his blood-thinning medication could complicate the procedure. DOCS Education faculty weigh in.
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Mind Your Manners with Sedated Patients

How much can sedated patients really remember? More than you think, says new study.
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A Clinical Imperative: Educate Your Patients About Antibiotics

Are you ready to join the fight against antibiotic resistance? An easy way to do your part as a community medical professional.
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ADA Resolution 77 Update: It's Not Over Yet!

You may know the final outcome of the ADA House of Delegates vote on Resolution 77. But understanding the who, how and what's next is just as crucial.

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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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With a history of high dental anxiety the woman makes a natural candidate for oral conscious sedation. Complicating her treatment, however, is an ASA III status because of congenital heart disease. What further information does the dentist require to care for this patient confidently, using a safe OCS protocol?
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The BMI and neck circumference of a male patient desiring sedation both strongly hint at the possibility of obstructive sleep apnea. Does the presence of this breathing complication absolutely rule out the use of oral conscious sedation?
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The 34-year-old patient takes no medications but does possess a history hypertension, leaking mitral and tricuspid valves and left ventricular hypertrophy. The treating dentist has a copy of a recent echocardiogram with many normal findings. Does the doctor know enough about the man’s medical condition to provide sedation safely and confidently?
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At 68 the patient already poses a number of health issues. She has osteoarthritis and takes a variety of medications. Especially concerning for the possibility of sedation are symptoms of sleep apnea. Can the dentist carry out the treatment as planned or is it prudent to first receive results of a sleep test as well as the approval of her primary physician?
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An epileptic male who takes clonazepam was advised by his doctor not to use triazolam for sedation. How should this case be handled?
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