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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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Snail’s Pace: Why Limpet Teeth Could Create Some of the Lightest, Fastest and Strongest Cars on Earth

Until recently, spider’s silk reigned supreme. In fact, the material once hailed as the strongest substance on earth has now been dethroned—by snail teeth, or Limpet teeth, of all things.

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Safety First: Dr. Jerome Wellbrock advises IV sedation or general anesthesia for patient with schizophrenia

A patient seeks the faculty’s advice concerning a full mouth extraction case for a patient with schizophrenia.

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2015 Sedation Safety Week: 5 Days that Shape the Other 360

DOCS Education’s 7th annual Sedation Safety Week is nearly here! Don’t miss out on the five resource-filled days that provide dentists around the country with the information to help ensure safety remains the focal point of their practices.

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Dr. Wellbrock advises against sedating smoker, insomniac and probable hyporesponder

A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s advice over sedating a chronically sleep-deprived, potential hyporesponder with a low baseline pulse.

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Why Profit Matters: An introduction to the new issue of the DOCS Digest from Dr. Anthony Feck

Talking business is dicey, no matter how you slice it. And yet patient happiness is reliant upon the fiscal stability of your business. Providing superior care means earning profit. In turn, profit allows you to provide superior care. Dr. Feck shares his thoughts on why it is important to consider the sometimes-shied-away-from world of finance in relation to your practice.

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The Abilities of Exfoliated Deciduous Teeth

Stem cells have a strong power of versatility. A natural breeding ground for regenerated material, the most surprising location has been discovered within deciduous teeth. One dentist saw ample scientific opportunities in his daughter's first loose tooth.

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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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The woman is 65 and in need of complete dentures following full-mouth extraction. However, she has recently received chemotherapy and radiation treatment following the diagnosis of lung cancer. What do these facts portend in regard to sedation dentistry?
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