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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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How does well-controlled bipolar disorder modify OCS protocols?

A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I have an 18-year-old male patient who presents with well-controlled bipolar disorder. The patient has had his last physical within one year. The patient is currently taking 1 mg of clonazepam h.s., fluoxetine in the morning and 1 mg of risperidone h.s.

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Scientists recover ancient plague’s DNA from 1,500-year-old-tooth

You may remember having learned about the Black Death in high school—a plague that ravaged medieval Europe during the 14th century, decimating between 30-60% of the continent.

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Free Webinar: How to Get Seminar & Travel Pay Right and Avoid a WHD Audit

We’re proud to announce an upcoming webinar on Wednesday, February 19 from 2-3:30 pm PST. In just 90 minutes, you’ll learn all you need to know about how to keep your policies in compliance when it comes to:

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Clarification on [D] Interactions

A member of DOCS Education asks:

I am showing some [D] interactions on Lexicomp for triazolam, diazepam, hydroxyzine and Ambien® as well as Norco®. We could skip the Ambien®, but I still have concerns about the Norco®. Any suggestions? This is a chronic pain patient.

Thanks

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A Tooth-saving App? Now that’s Smart.

These days more children than ever are glued to devices: whether tablets or smartphones, there’s no denying that the quickest way into the brains of little kids is via screen time.

Whether you’re enthralled with technology or think more kids should be running wild on the playground, we can all agree oral health is paramount.

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Integrating Sedation with Implants

One thing you may not know? The combination of sedation and implant placement is greater than the sum of its parts.

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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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I have a fearful patient who states that she previously hallucinated when given IV Valium® at a different office. I was planning on anxiolysis with triazolam. Should I be concerned about a similar reaction?
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