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Anxious Patient with sarcoidosis and Graves' disease

I have a 24-year-old moderately anxious female patient with sarcoidosis in remission and diagnosed with Graves' disease at age 14. Are there any thoughts, suggestions or warnings?

Dr. Robert Doyle on Sedation Dentistry

We recently had the opportunity to reach out to Dr. Robert Doyle, a DOCS Education member and Diplomate, and ask him how DOCS Education and sedation dentistry have benefited both his practice and patients.

Dentists nationwide offer free oral cancer screenings

The ADA encouraged dentists to perform community outreach during Oral Cancer Awareness Month to provide free oral cancer screenings to those patients who don't regularly get a checkup. “Early detection is critical in increasing survival...

Pregnancy and Sedation?

I know that pregnancy is a contraindication for oral conscious sedation (OCS). But I have a patient that is trying to get pregnant and wants OCS. How accurate is a hospital administered pregnancy blood test (false positives)?

Alabama Dental Association reaches out to dentists

In the wake of the deadly tornadoes ravaging the Southern states, the Alabama Dental Association is reaching out to dentists in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville to assess damages to dental practices, the dentists and their staff.

Autism and Sedation

A DOCS Education member asks: Have you had any personal experiences with sedating an autistic patient? Have you heard of any concerns with this issue?

Multiple Sclerosis and Sedation?

My patient is a female, age 31, married, taking birth control pills, and has multiple sclerosis. Are there any special precautions I should take for this patient for oral sedation?

Cool Temperatures Bring in Hot Topics for Minneapolis Sedation Course

It has been said the city of Minneapolis has two seasons, snow removal and road repair. The DOCS Education team was quickly introduced to the cool temperatures in April as snow fell Thursday night...

Will growing new teeth come sooner than we think?

“In the future we envision,” explains Dr. Sharpe, “a patient who loses a tooth and wants a replacement will be able to choose between current methods and a biological-based implant—a new natural tooth—derived from the patient’s own dental stem cells.”

New regulations could limit dentists' ability to administer injectable pharmacologies

New regulations adopted in March by the New Jersey Board of Dentistry could limit dentists’ administration of injectable pharmacologics.

A DOCS Education member asks: I have a patient that I plan on doing a RCT under sedation. Health hx normal. Allergic to Morphine and NSAID. Meds taking: estrogen, metroprolol tartrate. BP: 146/74, Pulse: 66, SPO2: 99. She said Valium didn't do much for her before, and one dentist had tried to do IV sedation on her and she was awake the whole time and "felt everything he did". My initial plan is do single Dose Protocol #3 with diazepam 5 mg night before, triazolam 0.25 mg and hydroxyzine 25 mg one hr before procedure. Is it worth the try or would another protocol be better served for this patient?
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Miley Cyrus, America’s favorite child-actor-turned-twerking-demon has been extremely productive lately: swinging naked from a wrecking ball in her new music video, wearing a bodysuit made out of a teddy bear, and reminding the world, “why yes, I was absolutely born with a tongue.” The pop star has been photographed numerous times with her trademark wide-eyed, tongue-cocked pose and people are talking. “She’s out of control! Where are her parents! Where can I get that teddy bear unitard?”
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If you’re a rapper (I’m looking at you, Flavor Flav), then you’re already well aware of the aesthetic benefits that diamonds can have for your million-watt smile. If you’re a dentist, you might be interested in the relationship between diamonds and teeth for reasons other than what style of grillz to buy this year.
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A DOCS Education member asks: My first teen sedation patient will be coming into the office in a few days and I have a couple of questions I hope you can answer for me. The patient is a 14 year-old female weighing 106 lbs, taking no medications and has an unremarkable medical history. Her main complaint is anxiety of shots from a previous dental experience. Her treatment will consist of #18-0, #19-O and #31-O composites. I plan on using Teen Protocol 2.
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The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but your mouth tells a story—and paying attention to that story may be the key to understanding more about human health.
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Have you considered becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomate? You haven't? Well, I'm here, at great personal risk, to share top secret, insider information that will hopefully change your mind. If it came to the attention of the powers that be at DOCS Education that I've leaked these secrets, they surely would put me in the stocks. So please, gentle reader, listen carefully. The benefits of becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomate are many, and the glory it will bring to your kingdom…uh, practice will be enduring and splendiferous.
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