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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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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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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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I recently had two sedation patients who were very restless during their procedures. Should I have administered more sedation medication to the patients?
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We recently had a patient whose medical history revealed serum disease as part of a sensitivity to narcotic agents. Is this a concern if we choose to use conscious sedation medications with her?
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I have a 24-year-old moderately anxious female patient with sarcoidosis in remission and diagnosed with Graves' disease at age 14. Are there any thoughts, suggestions or warnings?


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I know that pregnancy is a contraindication for oral conscious sedation (OCS). But I have a patient that is trying to get pregnant and wants OCS. How accurate is a hospital administered pregnancy blood test (false positives)?


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A DOCS Education member asks: Have you had any personal experiences with sedating an autistic patient? Have you heard of any concerns with this issue?


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