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The Single Most Important Reason Why Every Dentist Needs Advanced Life Support Training

It's inarguable, infallible and undisputable. Just ask veteran dentist and longtime DOCS Education Member Dr. Steve E. Chamish.

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Millennials Prefer Dentists to the Banking Industry

A study shows that Millennials are primed to wreak havoc on the banking industry, which has nothing to do with dentistry. Or does it?

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Is it Safe to Sedate a Bipolar, Diabetic Smoker with Active Hep. C?

A patient presents with multiple medical conditions, including bipolar disorder, diabetes and an active HCV infection. To top it all off, she's a smoker. Should the clinician proceed with oral conscious sedation?

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Why Google and the Movie Industry are Fighting over Dental Aligners

A lawsuit between two dental alignment device-makers is pitting Google and Apple against the movie and recording industries. Who knew dentistry could be so divisive?

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Should I Take on this Case or Punt to OR?

Sometimes even the most experienced sedation dentists need a little help from their friends. A DOCS Education Fellow seeks advice from faculty about whether he should take on a sedation case or refer it out.

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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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A 58-year-old male patient is slated for full upper arch restorations. He currently takes seven prescription medications for fibromyalgia and migraines, including triazolam. Would a protocol using lorazepam be a better option for this patient than one that includes triazolam?
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A 72-year-old male with a history of arthritis, high blood pressure and sleep apnea, as well as recurrent back and neck pain from an injury, seeks sedation. Although the primary care physician "sees no reason" to avoid conscious sedation, should the treating dentist still take on this case?
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The doctor practices in a state where Medicaid does not cover zaleplon. Would zolpidem be an effective replacement?
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A diabetic 52-year-old patient suffers from severe dental anxiety. She also has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, a back injury—and currently takes 16 different medications/supplements. Is this a candidate for successful sedation?
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With a history of epileptic seizures and a mental disability, the patient is already an atypical patient. Further complicating the situation is the fact that he is nonverbal and has refused to open his mouth in past appointments. Would OCS or IV sedation be a better treatment fit for this 35-year-old man?
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The patient is a healthy 32-year-old female with high dental anxiety. What is the proper single-dose protocol for this case?
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