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Oral Infection? In Ancient Egypt, Just Grab a Beer.

Research has revealed that the ancient Nubians had access to modern antibiotics – 2000 years before they were invented!

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Sedation of Patient with Depression and ADD

What is the protocol for sedating a patient taking Lexapro, Wellbutrin, and Vyvanase? Should the patient skip any these medications prior to their appointment? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Sealants in Schools: Thrift or Threat?

Would funding for dental care in low-income communities be better spent on preventative care? New research indicates the benefits of sealant programs outweigh the cost.

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Could You Be Getting More Out of Your Dental Laser?

New research highlights expanded functionality for dental lasers, which could make them a more attractive investment for the forward-thinking dentist.

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Sedation of Asthma Patient

What is the protocol for a patient who carries a prophylactic asthma inhaler? Can they receive treatment under sedation?

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Seven Great Candy Alternatives for Halloween

No one wants to be the "disappointing house" during Halloween, so check out these fun alternatives to candy that will still delight trick-or-treaters.

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Tumors with Teeth: The Terrifying Teratoma

What looks like an homage to John Carpenter's The Thing, and in rare cases can grow up to five pounds in weight? An unusual form of tumor known as the teratoma!

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Why Use a Slurry?

The mechanics of medication absorption are an important factor in dosing to effect. A DOCS Education member inquires as to the delivery method of the different medications.

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Looking to Ward off the Flu? Start by Brushing Your Teeth

Oral health has major implications for the rest of the body, including risk of infection. Maintaining good oral health may increase resilience against seasonal illness, including the flu.

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Should Hygienists Practice Independently in Underserved Areas?

Access to care remains a significant problem in poor and rural communities. Many hygienists argue that preventative care could be made more accessible by practicing without direct oversight.

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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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A 15-year-old patient taking multiple medications for ADHD is coming in for a sedation consultation. What does a clinician need to be aware of beforehand? Three DOCS Education faculty members advise.
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