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How to Create a Healthy, Happy Waiting Room

As a sedation dentist, you're in the business of stress-free dentistry. You help patients relax in the chair and get the care they need. But are you extending that stress-free vibe all the way to your waiting room?

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First Case Using Single-Dose Protocol and Patient is Under-Sedated: What Next?

A DOCS Education member takes on his first sedation patient using a single-dose protocol. The patient is at her top dose, but complains that the sedation medication isn't working throughout the appointment. What should be done differently next time?

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The 4 Factors that Change the Economics of Pediatric Dentistry

True or false: There is no economic benefit in treating pediatric patients.It's true that this is a commonly held belief amongst dentists. But nowadays that statement is false. Dr. Roger Sanger explains why.

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The Wild Side of Dentistry: The Contributions of Dr. Peter P. Emily

Ever come across a 3-inch canine that needed a root canal? Welcome to the world of Dr. Peter Emily.

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The Wacky History of Nitrous Oxide: It's No Laughing Matter

You may use it every day at your practice, but do you know the story behind how nitrous oxide became one of the most commonly used anesthetics? Every dentist should…

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How Does a 15-year-old Patient's Lamictal® Medication Affect Sedation Protocol?

A 15-year-old patient taking multiple medications for ADHD is coming in for a sedation consultation. What does a clinician need to be aware of beforehand? Three DOCS Education faculty members advise.

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Is Your State Desperate for Sedation Dentistry?

What state has the most need for sedation dentistry? Check out our list of the top five states!

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What are the risks with sedation for a patient who won't stop vaping?

Will vaping cause complications during a sedation appointment if a patient refuses to cease? A DOCS Education member requests advice for his first solo sedation appointment.

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Ultrasound May Help Patients Keep their Teeth Longer

A futuristic-sounding non-invasive ultrasound therapy has the potential to invigorate dental tissue effectively strengthening teeth concludes a recent study. Learn more about how this discovery could change preventative care.

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You've Got a Target on Your Back

The ADA's Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) is pushing a major revision to the guidelines for the use of sedation dentistry. These new recommendations place an unmistakable bull's-eye on you and your patients. Take action!

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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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