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Risk of nitrous gases shut off with unique mask

Did you know that above 50 parts per million the presence of nitrous gas poses significant safety risks to your patients, your staff, and you?

Regulations change often. Do you know what’s up?

State regulations change frequently, especially following shifts produced by local dental boards. Do you have the time and expertise to follow these rapid events? Now you don’t have to.

DOCS Digest: Features - facts about sedation care

DOCS Education was started to serve the unique needs of sedation dentistry. No one is prouder of the committed individuals who make up this stellar group.

Secure patient safety, sedation success with industry-leading vital signs monitor

The Criticare 8100 nGenuity serves both adult and pediatric patients in any office or operatory. Its user-friendly interface features simplified menus, a bright display, and large numbers.

Years of embarrassment quickly disappear as woman experiences transforming smile

At 55, Amy O. had grown used to her gap-toothed smile. The long-time Sarasota resident and mother of three didn’t put much stock in physical appearances anyway.

Smooth system reinforces sedation practice and promotes economical care model

Like most dentists, Dr. Richard Gesker was skeptical before taking his first course in oral sedation. But he was so inspired by the combined teaching skills of Drs.

Does your office staff have its eyes on the ball?

Suppose you offer sterling clinical care in a stellar setting. You’ve taken pains to create an office environment where patients feel pampered. There’s just one problem.

If you tear up a bit while reading this post, we won’t judge you. Feel your feelings.
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A DOCS Education member brings this question to the forum: I would appreciate some input regarding this patient, a 56 year old female, 5 feet and 1.5 inches tall, 248 lbs. She is a non-smoker. I have an upcoming treatment appointment with her and I plan on using a Triazolam titration protocol with her starting with .25 mg of Triazolam one hour prior to her appointment. She reports the following medical conditions: Hypertension Diabetes Asthma Hay Fever Hypothyroidism Fibromyalgia
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When it comes to candy, some deliver more tricks than others. This Halloween, consider giving your teeth a treat by indulging in the candies experts claim are less likely to cause tooth decay.
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A DOCS Education Member asks: I have a 32 year-old male patient with no health concerns other than a past history of opiate abuse. I first saw this patient three years ago for a sedation consultation; he never followed through with further treatment. At that time the patient was taking 24mg of Suboxone® a day. Patient is now down to 1mg of Suboxone® per day and is seeking treatment for his many dental problems. Is this a safe patient to treat with OCS medications, or are there changes I should make to the protocol? Patient may need several root canals and I normally do the extra strength Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen combo for the first day. I do not typically have to call in any pain meds for day two or beyond, but if this patient requires them, what would you suggest I do? My thought is to have the MD managing his Suboxone® make this judgment.
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As a dentist, you know three minutes is the recommended amount of brushing time. But what if you could brush just as effectively in…six seconds?
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A DOCS Education member asks: I have a patient that I plan on doing a RCT under sedation. Health hx normal. Allergic to Morphine and NSAID. Meds taking: estrogen, metroprolol tartrate. BP: 146/74, Pulse: 66, SPO2: 99. She said Valium didn't do much for her before, and one dentist had tried to do IV sedation on her and she was awake the whole time and "felt everything he did". My initial plan is do single Dose Protocol #3 with diazepam 5 mg night before, triazolam 0.25 mg and hydroxyzine 25 mg one hr before procedure. Is it worth the try or would another protocol be better served for this patient?
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