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In Water Crises, What are Dentists to Do?

Flint, Michigan experienced one of the worst water contamination crises in the history of the United States. In the midst of this, what mitigation steps are dentists taking?

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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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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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