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Oral Sedation is Not for Extremely Ill Patients

Dr. Wellbrock explains why oral sedation, despite its wide therapeutic range and efficacy, is not a catch-all for patients with certain serious health issues.

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Drilling for Danger – Prions found to be Transmissible in Aerosols

A study has confirmed that prions – responsible for diseases like Mad Cow – can be transmitted and infective through aerosolized droplets of fluid, such as those produced during a dental procedure.

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Sleep Deprivation Shown to Have Negative Oral Health Effects

Sleep deprivation has been shown to have a markedly negative effect on oral health through inflammatory pathways, irrespective of a person’s oral hygiene.

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Three Dental Discoveries Driving Innovation in Medicine

Discoveries in dental science often lead to applications well beyond the oral cavity; from dental stem cells being used to regenerate kidneys to periodontal treatment used to fight chronic disease.

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Providing Anxiolysis to Overweight Patient on Multiple Medications

A DOCS Educaton member ponders how to provide mild but effective anxiolysis to an overweight patient with multiple CNS-depressant medications.

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Dentistry In Space

It seems strange that floating through the air like a feather could be hard on the body, but microgravity is no joke for the human anatomy, teeth included.

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Sedation of Polypharmacy Patient on Multiple CNS Depressants

Can a patient on multiple CNS depressants for the same condition be treated under DOCS oral conscious sedation protocols? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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The Fang Blenny: a Pint-Sized Toxicological Terror

Some of the most frightening teeth in the animal kingdom are contained in a cute-looking little fish smaller than your hand. Recently, some species were found to have a powerful opioid toxin.

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Five of the Strangest Dental Superstitions from Around the World

From teeth-stealing mice to the dangers of witchcraft, few things have been the subject of as much superstition as teeth

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Sedation of Patient Taking Tramadol

What's the protocol for treating a patient who needs to take tramadol for back pain prior to an appointment? This medication is listed as a "serious" interaction with DOCS sedation meds.

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What do you do when your patient with a history of opioid addiction is being treated with methadone? A DOCS Education member consults faculty members, Drs. Jerome Wellbrock and PJ Goyal, to get advice on the proper sedation protocol.
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A sedation patient with type 1 diabetes returns to a DOCS Education member's practice with a new regimen of medications. How has this patient's condition changed, and how does it affect the sedation protocol?
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After you complete your oral conscious sedation training, the next step is selecting that first case you'll be treating in your office. When are medical conditions a red-flag regarding who should be treated, and just how complicated should your case be right out of the gate? A freshly-trained member of DOCS Education checks in with Dr. Wellbrock before seeing his first sedation appointment.
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When a patient develops possible stridor; an abnormal, high-pitched, musical breathing sound, is it a result of ultrasonic scaling? Or could it be something else?
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A patient seeks the faculty’s advice concerning a full mouth extraction case for a patient with schizophrenia.
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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s advice over sedating a chronically sleep-deprived, potential hyporesponder with a low baseline pulse.
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