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Dentists Unknowingly Aid Spread of C-diff

The communication gap between physicians and dentists has long been identified as an obstacle to providing successful care. Nowhere is this illustrated more painfully than with C. dificile infections.

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These Dentists Teamed Up to Fight Hurricane Damage. Will You Join Them?

In the wake of America’s most devastating storm season since 2005, dentists and dental organizations are joining forces with aid groups to help those affected.

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Sedation of Patient Taking Multiple C and D Interaction Medications

A young woman presents with a history of depression, agoraphobia and mood dysregulation, and is on multiple medications for same. Can she safely be oral sedated? DOCS faculty weigh in.

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The 5 Steps to Handle PR Disasters

Social media can be a fantastic tool to promote your practice, engage with your community and attract new patients using a platform they are already comfortable with, but not all press is good pres

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The Top 3 Exciting Discoveries in Dentistry this Week

Squid ink that can check for gum disease, a rapid test for peri-implantitis risk using chewing gum, and compelling new evidence suggests our salivary microbes don’t come from where we think!

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Sedation of 67-Year-Old Woman Taking Anxiolytic Medication

How does the standard oral sedation protocol change when a patient is taking multiple medications for the same condition? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Playing Russian Roulette with the Lives of Your Patients

Dentists rarely, if ever, have to deal with the subject of patient deaths. But some of your patients may be dying needlessly from complications of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a dangerous medical illness with a safe and effective dental solution.

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Sedation Dentistry: The More You Know, The More You Need to Learn

Successful sedation dentists are very much in demand. In fact, their comfort with treating dental and medically complex cases has created a self-perpetuating need for their services. That, in turn, requires veteran sedation dentists to continue to expand and update their sedation and safety training.

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Use of naloxone and atropine in emergency situations

How are naloxone and atropine (from the emergency kit) properly implemented? DOCS Education faculty weigh in with a summary of emergency preparedness.

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Good Hygiene, Bad Teeth?

Can you really have too much of a good thing when it comes to hygiene?

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A patient needs sedation for a root canal and extraction. However, the patient reports that years ago she was intubated after IV sedation; she has since been IV sedated without any incidence. Should the doctor proceed with oral conscious sedation?
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A 91-year-old patient is taking 500 mg of amoxicillin leading up to a sedation appointment and is experiencing dizziness. The patient is allergic to penicillin. A DOCS Education Member seeks the advice of DOCS Education faculty for next steps.
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New research from Sweden finds that people with dental anxiety respond well to a specific kind of mental health counseling called cognitive behavioral therapy. When combined with sedation dentistry it could be the silver bullet patients with dental fear have been looking for.
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As a sedation dentist, you're in the business of stress-free dentistry. You help patients relax in the chair and get the care they need. But are you extending that stress-free vibe all the way to your waiting room?
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A futuristic-sounding non-invasive ultrasound therapy has the potential to invigorate dental tissue effectively strengthening teeth concludes a recent study. Learn more about how this discovery could change preventative care.
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The ADA's Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) is pushing a major revision to the guidelines for the use of sedation dentistry. These new recommendations place an unmistakable bull's-eye on you and your patients. Take action!
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