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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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How "Dentistry’s Most Wanted" Microbes Are Helping Each Other to Hurt You

Candida albicans and Strep mutans have been found to "collude" with each other, causing a "super biofilm" becoming increasingly common in pediatric patients.

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What do you do when your patient with a history of opioid addiction is being treated with methadone? A DOCS Education member consults faculty members, Drs. Jerome Wellbrock and PJ Goyal, to get advice on the proper sedation protocol.
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A sedation patient with type 1 diabetes returns to a DOCS Education member's practice with a new regimen of medications. How has this patient's condition changed, and how does it affect the sedation protocol?
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After you complete your oral conscious sedation training, the next step is selecting that first case you'll be treating in your office. When are medical conditions a red-flag regarding who should be treated, and just how complicated should your case be right out of the gate? A freshly-trained member of DOCS Education checks in with Dr. Wellbrock before seeing his first sedation appointment.
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When a patient develops possible stridor; an abnormal, high-pitched, musical breathing sound, is it a result of ultrasonic scaling? Or could it be something else?
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A patient seeks the faculty’s advice concerning a full mouth extraction case for a patient with schizophrenia.
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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s advice over sedating a chronically sleep-deprived, potential hyporesponder with a low baseline pulse.
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