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Get Back to Basics! Read the DOCS Digest Spring Issue

Are you a CE Junkie? Get addicted to understanding the basics so you can become a better dentist. All you have to do is start with reading the Spring 2015 DOCS Digest—now available in digital format!

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Why Every Dental Office Needs InspectionPass

Inspections are becoming a more commonplace requirement for sedation permits—15 states and counting. Is your state one? But even if you're in a state where this practice is not yet convention, you should still run your office like you're preparing for an inspection. Find out three irrefutable reasons why.

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How a Change in Medications for a Type 1 Diabetic Patient Affects the Sedation Protocol

A sedation patient with type 1 diabetes returns to a DOCS Education member's practice with a new regimen of medications. How has this patient's condition changed, and how does it affect the sedation protocol?

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Could Plasma Be Dentistry's Next Superhero?

It sterilizes faster than a speeding bullet.
It bleaches more powerfully than hydrogen peroxide.
It improves composite performance with a chemical bond.

It's non-thermal atmospheric plasma!

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Studies Show Dentists Underestimate Patient Demand for Sedation

Are you talking about your sedation services enough? Probably not, says one dental anesthesiologist at the University of Toronto. Numerous studies and surveys show that dentists are underestimating patient demand for sedation.

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Seeking advice on first oral sedation dentistry appointment

After you complete your oral conscious sedation training, the next step is selecting that first case you'll be treating in your office. When are medical conditions a red-flag regarding who should be treated, and just how complicated should your case be right out of the gate? A freshly-trained member of DOCS Education checks in with Dr. Wellbrock before seeing his first sedation appointment.

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Why Wine Professionals Have Soft Teeth

Enamel erosion is an occupational hazard when your job is to taste a hundred wines a day. Wine has a pH of 3-4, after all. A study in Australia used nanoscratch testing to gain insight into the mechanisms involved in early stage tooth softening.

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New Study Links BPA Exposure to Enamel Defects in Children

The case against industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) gets stronger. BPA is a known endocrine disruptor and banned from use in some baby products. Now, a study in Paris has linked BPA to an enamel abnormality in children, known as molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH).

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A DOCS Education member asks the faculty about the possibility of stridor during an oral conscious sedation appointment

When a patient develops possible stridor; an abnormal, high-pitched, musical breathing sound, is it a result of ultrasonic scaling? Or could it be something else?

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Why They Switched: The 5 Biggest Reasons Patients Find a New Dentist

You have a patient due to come in for a regular cleaning. But—surprise—she canceled at the last moment, and you know she's never coming back.

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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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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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