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Unusual Scheduling With Diabetic Patient

Should a diabetic patient who is coming in later than a typical appointment still take diazepam the night before treatment? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Dentists Aren’t Psychologists, But...

A growing body of scientific evidence in recent years makes it abundantly clear that when people have unhealthy teeth and gums, they are far more likely to experience depression, anxiety, stress, a

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Five Must-Have Reception Area Gadgets for Fall 2017

These fun reception area gadgets are sure to entertain and relax incoming patients while they wait for their appointment time.

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The Top 3 HIPAA Violations to Avoid this Fall

It’s important to conduct regular audits of your HIPAA compliance to ensure that patient information is secure. Are you guilty of any of these HIPAA missteps?

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My Response: Given the News Reports, Why Would Any Caring Dentist Ever Use Sedation On a Child?

Is the recent media trial of pediatric sedation fair? Some clinicians are asking whether pediatric sedation can ever be safe, and Dr. Roger Sanger is here with the facts.

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To Diazepam or Not to Diazepam: Methadone Patient.

What’s the proper protocol for sedating a chronic pain patient for whole-mouth scaling and root planing? Is the night-before medication indicated here? DOCS Faculty weigh in.

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Virtual Reality at the Dentist’s Office: The New Sedation?

Virtual reality headsets are the hot new tech toy for gamers and video technology innovators, but could they be an effective treatment for dental fear?

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How to Gain an Edge on the Competition with a Web Video Advertisement

The modern media landscape is rapidly becoming dominated by motion content, such as animations, Facebook videos and YouTube advertisements. Is your practice on board?

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Helping a Patient with Hepatitis C Get the Care They Need

What are the considerations for protecting both the doctor and patient from harm during an oral sedation procedure, when the patient is Hepatitis C-positive?

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The Board Letter No Dentist Wants to Receive, But So Many (Needlessly) Do

John Dovgan, SCI discusses how to avoid board actions and standard of care violations.

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A patient presents with multiple medical conditions, including bipolar disorder, diabetes and an active HCV infection. To top it all off, she's a smoker. Should the clinician proceed with oral conscious sedation?
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Sometimes even the most experienced sedation dentists need a little help from their friends. A DOCS Education Fellow seeks advice from faculty about whether he should take on a sedation case or refer it out.
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Should you be trying to control a patient's blood pressure with medication before, during or after a sedation appointment? A DOCS Education member wonders why DOCS Education courses don't cover this topic. Drs. Wellbrock and Goyal advise.
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A patient needs sedation for a root canal and extraction. However, the patient reports that years ago she was intubated after IV sedation; she has since been IV sedated without any incidence. Should the doctor proceed with oral conscious sedation?
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A 91-year-old patient is taking 500 mg of amoxicillin leading up to a sedation appointment and is experiencing dizziness. The patient is allergic to penicillin. A DOCS Education Member seeks the advice of DOCS Education faculty for next steps.
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A DOCS Education member takes on his first sedation patient using a single-dose protocol. The patient is at her top dose, but complains that the sedation medication isn't working throughout the appointment. What should be done differently next time?
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