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Why Kids Have Better Long-Term Dental Behavior with Sedation Dentistry

Children with severe early childhood caries (ECC) can be difficult to treat due to behavior. With ECC rates increasing dramatically every year, what's a dentist to do?

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Alberta, Canada Sedation Regulations Now Under Review

In the wake of Resolution 37 being accepted by the ADA, regulatory boards in Canada have been examining their policies with regard to sedation training.

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Sedation of Two Complex Pediatric Patients

A clinician who treats adolescents under state funded managed care writes in with two complex patients, one with schizophrenia, the other with ADHD and seizures.

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Oral Infection? In Ancient Egypt, Just Grab a Beer.

Research has revealed that the ancient Nubians had access to modern antibiotics – 2000 years before they were invented!

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Sedation of Patient with Depression and ADD

What is the protocol for sedating a patient taking Lexapro, Wellbutrin, and Vyvanase? Should the patient skip any these medications prior to their appointment? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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Sealants in Schools: Thrift or Threat?

Would funding for dental care in low-income communities be better spent on preventative care? New research indicates the benefits of sealant programs outweigh the cost.

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Could You Be Getting More Out of Your Dental Laser?

New research highlights expanded functionality for dental lasers, which could make them a more attractive investment for the forward-thinking dentist.

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Sedation of Asthma Patient

What is the protocol for a patient who carries a prophylactic asthma inhaler? Can they receive treatment under sedation?

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Seven Great Candy Alternatives for Halloween

No one wants to be the "disappointing house" during Halloween, so check out these fun alternatives to candy that will still delight trick-or-treaters.

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Tumors with Teeth: The Terrifying Teratoma

What looks like an homage to John Carpenter's The Thing, and in rare cases can grow up to five pounds in weight? An unusual form of tumor known as the teratoma!

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A patient presents with multiple medical conditions, including bipolar disorder, diabetes and an active HCV infection. To top it all off, she's a smoker. Should the clinician proceed with oral conscious sedation?
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Sometimes even the most experienced sedation dentists need a little help from their friends. A DOCS Education Fellow seeks advice from faculty about whether he should take on a sedation case or refer it out.
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Should you be trying to control a patient's blood pressure with medication before, during or after a sedation appointment? A DOCS Education member wonders why DOCS Education courses don't cover this topic. Drs. Wellbrock and Goyal advise.
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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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A DOCS Education member takes on his first sedation patient using a single-dose protocol. The patient is at her top dose, but complains that the sedation medication isn't working throughout the appointment. What should be done differently next time?
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