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Disasters Can Happen Anytime. Is Your Office Prepared?

Having an emergency plan is an important component of running a safe and successful practice. Many professionals neglect proper emergency planning. Don’t be one of them!

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Medication To Dry Up Saliva?

A high-saliva patient needs extensive restorative treatment during a long sedation appointment. Is there a safe and effective anticholinergic to help reduce saliva during the procedure?

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For Better Oral Health, Reach for the Coffeepot?

Research has long shown many types of tea have a positive effect on oral health. If the astringency of tea isn’t your thing, drinking black coffee may confer a similar effect.

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Memphis Conference Showcases the Unspoken Benefits of Continuing Education

The formal learning at dental continuing education courses is the reason dentists and their team members attend. But there is a surprising, long-lasting byproduct of DOCS Education seminars: community. The dentist-to-dentist interactions – both during class, and especially during breaks – is what so many registrants praise and why so many professionals return time and again.

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The Case for Providing Dental Sleep Medicine is Overwhelming

When dentists know the whole truth about sleep medicine, they and their team members will recognize the many benefits – to their patients and their practices – of adding dental sleep medicine to their conventional oral health services.

Bad for More Than Just Cavities: Sugar May Harm Mental Health

It seems like everything is somehow linked with mental health these days, from the amount of sunlight in the sky to the amount of sleep we get to the bacteria in our digestive systems.

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A Pilgrimage to Meet the Legendary Kendrick Mercer – Mentor to Some of America’s Most Successful Dentists

Incisor travels to remote northern Idaho to visit with Kendrick Mercer, who is legendary in elite dental circles for his ability to help dentists transform their practices from unsatisfying to vastly rewarding.

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Sedation of a Patient Unable to Take Valium

A DOCS Gold Member asks if lorazepam is an acceptable substitute for Valium as a pre-appointment medication. Dr. Feck shares his expertise.

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Who Makes Up Those Crazy Drug Names Anyway?

And why are they so crazy? Take a look into the logic (and necessary insanity) behind the brand names of prescription medications.

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Unusual Scheduling With Diabetic Patient

Should a diabetic patient who is coming in later than a typical appointment still take diazepam the night before treatment? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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The primary challenge of a successful root canal is full and complete obturation of the canal, without microgaps or missed side canals. Could a semiconductor laser be the solution?
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In an effort to achieve a deeper level of comfort, some patients are "double-dipping" by taking prescription anxiolytics from their physician prior to sedation appointments. How should this be handled?
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Mouthwash is a popular target of hate by the "natural," "holistic" and "ayurvedic" communities as being a repurposed surgical antiseptic and containing "dangerous chemicals" such as methyl salicyla
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This year’s DOCS Education Seattle Conference (November 10th-12th) produced some terrific highlights and takeaways.
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Whispering secrets of the health of ancient people, signaling human innovation, and revealing clues to our origins, no other archaeological find has changed our knowledge as much as teeth!
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The focus of this edition’s podcast is procrastination and how dentists and their team members can overcome the two most-common causes.
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