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Ninth Annual Sedation Safety Week Another Success

Did you miss the action this year? Check out Incisor’s look at the best of this year’s Sedation Safety Week.

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The DOCS Education Proclamation

Who are we, and what do we stand for, really? Learn about the new and continuing direction of DOCS Education as an educational institution and an advocate for change.

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Protecting Pregnant Patients – What Dentists Should Know

Patients often have a lot of questions and concerns during their pregnancy, and going to the dentist is no exception. Here are the top things to communicate to pregnant patients.

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Five of the Strangest Allergies Confirmed by Science

Clinicians must remain vigilant for allergies in the dental practice, both those in the chart, and those which may arise with no warning. Have you observed any of these strange allergies in your practice?

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The Top Five Scariest Animal Teeth

Ever asked a patient to open their mouth, and then wish you hadn't? Check out Incisor's list of the most terrifying animal teeth, and be glad you're not a veterinarian to any of these creatures!

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Sedation of Chronic Pain Patient with Early Signs of Alzheimer's

Older patients require less sedation medication, but what if they are on other medications that increase the likelihood of being a hyporesponder? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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The Immunological Paradox of Mastication

New research reveals that the process of chewing stimulates immune system activity to protect against infection, while at the same time increasing the risk of periodontal disease.

Three Reasons You Should Be Talking About Root Canals

To the average patient, no procedure is more dreaded than the root canal, despite the fact that it can be painless and preserve the natural tooth with excellent clinical outcomes.

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Fighting Cavities with Tea?

New research reveals that polyphenols in beverages such as black tea may have the power to disrupt bacterial metabolism and reduce inflammation in the oral mucosa.

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Alzheimer's Drug Found to Regenerate Dentin

Bizarre new use for Alzheimer's disease drug mobilizes tertiary dentin mechanism to rebuild significant tooth structure for restoration.

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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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