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Protecting Pregnant Patients – What Dentists Should Know

Patients often have a lot of questions and concerns during their pregnancy, and going to the dentist is no exception. Here are the top things to communicate to pregnant patients.

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Five of the Strangest Allergies Confirmed by Science

Clinicians must remain vigilant for allergies in the dental practice, both those in the chart, and those which may arise with no warning. Have you observed any of these strange allergies in your practice?

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The Top Five Scariest Animal Teeth

Ever asked a patient to open their mouth, and then wish you hadn't? Check out Incisor's list of the most terrifying animal teeth, and be glad you're not a veterinarian to any of these creatures!

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Sedation of Chronic Pain Patient with Early Signs of Alzheimer's

Older patients require less sedation medication, but what if they are on other medications that increase the likelihood of being a hyporesponder? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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The Immunological Paradox of Mastication

New research reveals that the process of chewing stimulates immune system activity to protect against infection, while at the same time increasing the risk of periodontal disease.

Three Reasons You Should Be Talking About Root Canals

To the average patient, no procedure is more dreaded than the root canal, despite the fact that it can be painless and preserve the natural tooth with excellent clinical outcomes.

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Fighting Cavities with Tea?

New research reveals that polyphenols in beverages such as black tea may have the power to disrupt bacterial metabolism and reduce inflammation in the oral mucosa.

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Alzheimer's Drug Found to Regenerate Dentin

Bizarre new use for Alzheimer's disease drug mobilizes tertiary dentin mechanism to rebuild significant tooth structure for restoration.

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How to Dismiss a Troublesome Patient in Three Easy Steps

As part of preparing for 2017, consider removing sources of stress from your practice like patients who are rude, argumentative, or chronically absent from scheduled appointments.

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Question about New Sedation Regulations

California's state sedation regulations have been in the news recently for potential changes being made to the way sedation permits are dispensed. DOCS regulatory attorney John Bitting weighs in.

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A 15-year-old patient taking multiple medications for ADHD is coming in for a sedation consultation. What does a clinician need to be aware of beforehand? Three DOCS Education faculty members advise.
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Will vaping cause complications during a sedation appointment if a patient refuses to cease? A DOCS Education member requests advice for his first solo sedation appointment.
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A doctor who uses incremental sedation has a patient with sleep apnea and taking multiple medications. Is the protocol he's considering correct? What's the risk of CO₂ retention for patients with sleep apnea?
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Should a patient with bipolar disorder stop taking ziprasidone and bupropion before a sedation appointment? A DOCS Education member asks faculty Drs. Wellbrock and Feck what's the right protocol for this patient.
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A DOCS Education member writes in about a healthy, ASA I patient taking no medications who comes in for a sedation appointment. It's all pretty routine, but the patient becomes agitated once sedated. What's the cause?
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A patient experiences restless legs syndrome while in the chair after being sedated; the clinician thinks it may be from hydroxyzine. Dr. Jerome Wellbrock weighs in with his thoughts on drug interactions and suggested medications.
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