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Two Role Models Honored with DOCS Education’s 2014 Sedation Dentist of the Year Award

A general dentist who treats children at a nonprofit center that serves immigrants and a pediatric dental specialist who works with the handicapped have been named co-recipients of the 2014 DOCS Ed

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DOCS Faculty Cautions Against Sedating ASA IV 63-Year-Old Patient.

A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I have a patient who is ASA III, Mallampati 2, base line BP 135/86 Spo2 98%. The patient has depression, stable angina, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and arthritis. Last exam was 3 weeks ago.

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DOCS Education Announces Pediatric Sedation Dentistry Scholarship Winners

In conjunction with the Sixth Annual Sedation Safety Week, five $1,000 educational scholarships will be awarded to dentists who work in the non-profit sector.

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A Mercurial History: Incisor investigates the controversial past of amalgam fillings.

Dental amalgams have long been controversial. A mixture of mercury, silver, tin, copper and other metals, amalgam fillings were first introduced to America in 1833 by two French entrepreneurs, the Crawcour brothers.

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Unmonitored diabetes and a host of medications proves difficult for OCS

A DOCS Education member has an upcoming diabetic patient who takes their medication, but does not monitor their blood sugar. How will this affect a planned, upcoming sedation dentistry procedure?

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Digital Love: DOCS Digest | winter 2014

Remember when your cell phone looked like a plastic brick with a monochrome screen? Perhaps you whiled away the day playing snake while listening to Smash Mouth on your Walkman.

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Hypnosis and dentistry: where do you stand?

Opinions about hypnosis in dentistry are varied: More accurately known as “Hypnodontia,” this approach has been met by dental professionals with everything from skepticism, to indifference, to tota

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A fearful patient considers switching from IV to oral conscious sedation

A member of DOCS Education needs clarification on what constitutes a sedation protocol, as well as the proper procedure for their patient.

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2014 Sedation Safety Week is right around the corner!

It’s almost that time of year…the end of days is upon us! Just kidding. What’s actually happening is 100% less apocalyptic and 100% more educational—that’s right—Sedation Safety Week!

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Know your demographics: Are you prepared for the next wave of dental patients?

The 1940s, 50s and 60s marked the arrival of the largest generation America had ever seen: the baby boomers. With that generation came a new level of dental needs.

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My patient is 31 years old and taking birth control pills. She has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but was approved for treatment by her medical doctor. Are there any special precautions I should take for this patient for oral sedation?
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My 38-year-old patient presented in a state of high anxiety, among the most fearful people my office has seen. She’s a smoker with normal vitals.


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I have a female patient scheduled for two crowns and several fillings who is apprehensive about treatment. The patient’s cardiologist gave a release with precaution to avoid epinephrine. What would you advise for treatment?
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A 30-year-old man came to me today for a consultation for oral conscious sedation. His treating physician says the patient is suffering from bipolar disorder, ADHD, and panic attacks. The MD says the patient is under "good control," is not schizophrenic and is not suffering from any other psychosis. Do you recommend treating him?
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Any contraindications with the normal triazolam protocol for a dentophobic patient using a SynchroMed® pump to deliver Dilaudid® 10 mg/ml (2.5 mg/day) and clonidine 100 mcg/ml (25 mcg/day) to the lumbar area of the spine for kidney pain?
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I have a patient with extremely high dental anxiety, severe Fibromyalgia, and thick, ropey saliva. What would you recommend regarding this case?
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