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DOCS Education Presents: IV Sedation Certification

If you've been considering expanding your sedation armamentarium, look no further: DOCS Education has partnered with Oregon Health & Science University to offer IV Sedation Certification this summer and fall. Get a sneak preview of the course at a free webinar with a DOCS Education faculty member!

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Does hydroxyzine block dopamine receptors and aggravate restless legs syndrome?

A patient experiences restless legs syndrome while in the chair after being sedated; the clinician thinks it may be from hydroxyzine. Dr. Jerome Wellbrock weighs in with his thoughts on drug interactions and suggested medications.

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Do Teeth Have a Gender?

Feminine teeth, masculine teeth—is there really a difference? Some studies say there are size differences between the teeth of men and women, but others refute the claim. Incisor looks at the role teeth can play in gender identity, including gender reassignment surgery.

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Calling for University Connections!

Dental students are hungry for more information on nitrous oxide and sedation. So, DOCS Education is offering student lunch-and-learns at universities across the U.S. Tell us where we should visit next!

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Wires, Drills, Epoxy–Oh My! DIY Dentistry

Dremel power tool + acrylic resin + Internet = DIY Dentistry!

Find out more about the growing Internet trend of do-it-yourself dentistry. Warning: you may be left speechless after reading this blog post.

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Should a patient stop his methadone medication for a sedation appointment?

What do you do when your patient with a history of opioid addiction is being treated with methadone? A DOCS Education member consults faculty members, Drs. Jerome Wellbrock and PJ Goyal, to get advice on the proper sedation protocol.

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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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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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