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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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Seeking Assistance Regarding the Amnesic Effects of Sedation

A DOCS Education member asks a question regarding an extra-anxious patient and the amnesic effects, or lack thereof in this case, of the sedation medications. Two members of the DOCS Education faculty lend their opinions on what can be done differently for the second appointment.

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Trust in the Strength of Saliva

New findings have discovered that saliva actually protects teeth more than what has been previously believed. This exciting analysis may open up a new door to natural dental preventative care.

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You Got Fluoride in My Salt!

Lebanon has become the latest battleground in the debate over mass fluoridation. Do the health benefits of adding fluoride to commonly consumed foodstuffs outweigh the associated risks? A group of activists lead by an American University of Beirut nutritionist think not.

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Clarification on the Use of Hydroxyzine

A DOCS Education member wants to make sure all the T's are crossed and the I's are dotted when it comes to the use of hydroxyzine during a sedation appointment. Not one, but two DOCS Education faculty members weigh in.

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Find the best candidates for your team with this free webinar

DOCS Education and CEDR Solutions present a free webinar that will teach you the best practices when searching for new employees. All attendees earn 1 FREE CE! Click here to find out more.

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The Vaping Youth

A national survey recently reported that cigarette use in teens is down, and e-cigarette use is up. What does it mean for their teeth and dental treatment? Incisor investigates how this smoking statistic could be a reason for concern and how this alternative form of nicotine ingestion may cause mouth complications.

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Does sickle-cell anemia complicate sedation procedures?

A member of DOCS Education plans on treating a patient with sickle-cell anemia. The member provides all current medications and a sign-off from the patient’s primary care doctor. Is there anything else to be mindful of during the sedation appointment?

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In the Beginning...Birds Had Teeth. What Happened?

A long time ago, on our very own planet, birds used to have teeth. Yes, it’s true! A team of biologists confirm the truth about birds of the past and why they no longer share pearly traits like other animals.

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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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