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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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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.

A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

A 47-year-old healthy female whose appearance is consistent with her stated age is currently taking:


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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I am considering sedating a patient of mine that is taking 120 mg per day of diltiazem. He has a history of cardiac ablation but is otherwise healthy. This will be my fourth sedation and the first with a "D" drug interaction. Would this patient be an ASA II? Also, should the initial doses of diazepam and triazolam be reduced? Should I use a different protocol? And finally, should I even be sedating this patient?


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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s advice:

I had a partly successful appointment yesterday. My patient was a 54-year-old male heavy smoker with controlled bp, Mallampati class 3, had premed with 10mg diazepam the night before and 0.25mg triazolam in the AM before the appointment.


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Faculty member Dr. Jerome Wellbrock provides a DOCS Education member with advice on a 15-year-old patient taking multiple allergy medications.


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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I have a 41-year-old female patient who takes 10 mg of doxepin twice daily.

I checked Lexicomp™ for any interactions with diazepam, but it did not list any. Before I proceed with treatment, I would like to confirm it is ok to give diazepam to a patient taking 10 mg of doxepin twice daily. Thank you!


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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I’m seeking advice on a 47-year-old male patient. I believe he is an ASA II individual. His blood pressure and pulse are WNL (131/83 & 68). He has a history of arthritis, kidney disease (renal insufficiency which patient says is categorized as stage II chronic kidney problems related to the meds he's taking), and lastly HIV.


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