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The Fang Blenny: a Pint-Sized Toxicological Terror

Some of the most frightening teeth in the animal kingdom are contained in a cute-looking little fish smaller than your hand. Recently, some species were found to have a powerful opioid toxin.

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Five of the Strangest Dental Superstitions from Around the World

From teeth-stealing mice to the dangers of witchcraft, few things have been the subject of as much superstition as teeth

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Sedation of Patient Taking Tramadol

What's the protocol for treating a patient who needs to take tramadol for back pain prior to an appointment? This medication is listed as a "serious" interaction with DOCS sedation meds.

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Soy Milk is Six Times More Harmful to Teeth than Cow's Milk, Study Finds.

Often regarded as a healthier alternative to cow's milk for those looking to cut out dairy for diet or intolerance reasons, soy milk has been implicated as carrying a much higher risk for cavities.

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Is Good Weather Giving Your Patients a Toothache?

Spring has sprung, but not everyone is thrilled about the return of the flowers. Seasonal allergy sufferers have to contend with a host of unpleasant symptoms, including toothaches!

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Is Oral or IV Sedation best for Autistic Patient?

DOCS Education faculty discuss the challenges and considerations entailed when treated autistic patients under sedation.

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Three Easy Ways to Get New Patients Using Social Media

Successfully reaching new patients is a constant headache for many dentists fed up with discount cards and newspaper ads. How do you attract new patients in the 21st century?

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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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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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Will vaping cause complications during a sedation appointment if a patient refuses to cease? A DOCS Education member requests advice for his first solo sedation appointment.
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A doctor who uses incremental sedation has a patient with sleep apnea and taking multiple medications. Is the protocol he's considering correct? What's the risk of CO₂ retention for patients with sleep apnea?
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Should a patient with bipolar disorder stop taking ziprasidone and bupropion before a sedation appointment? A DOCS Education member asks faculty Drs. Wellbrock and Feck what's the right protocol for this patient.
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A DOCS Education member writes in about a healthy, ASA I patient taking no medications who comes in for a sedation appointment. It's all pretty routine, but the patient becomes agitated once sedated. What's the cause?
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A patient experiences restless legs syndrome while in the chair after being sedated; the clinician thinks it may be from hydroxyzine. Dr. Jerome Wellbrock weighs in with his thoughts on drug interactions and suggested medications.
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