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Member Spotlight - Dr. Robert Maddux

We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Robert Maddux of Hernando Dental Care. Find out what Dr. Maddux feels are the biggest challenges facing practitioners today.

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DOCS Education fellow treats tiny patients in underserved group

Rich Gesker, DMD, oversees the care of some 3,500 largely low-income children in the District of Columbia at Mary’s Center. “The cycle of fear is something I try very hard to break,” he adds, “but my training from DOCS Education makes it so much easier.”

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Sedation soothes patient compromised by stress

My patient is 66 years old; he presented with a wide range of dentition problems including pain, poor breath, copious food collection between his teeth, and heightened sensitivity. Further complicating the patient’s treatment is a complex medical history.

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Sedation offers future free from fear

Sedation is a welcome enhancement to the general dentist’s depth of care, providing among other tools an inducement to those avoiding visits due to fear.

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Washington's Edgar wins bid to become AGD Vice President

Linda Edgar, DDS, of Federal Way, Washington, has been elected Vice President of the Academy of General Dentistry. Results were announced last week in San Diego during the AGD’s annual conference.

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Depending on progression of disease, MS patient can receive sedation

My patient is 31 years old and taking birth control pills. She has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but was approved for treatment by her medical doctor. Are there any special precautions I should take for this patient for oral sedation?

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Underweight patients can represent heavy sedation challenge

My 38-year-old patient presented in a state of high anxiety, among the most fearful people my office has seen. She’s a smoker with normal vitals.

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Taking the temperature of fear

Since I began practicing dentistry in the 1980s I have cared for tens of thousands of patients encompassing a wide spectrum of personalities and backgrounds. But for all their unique characteristics I am certain my patients share this trait: not a single one was born afraid of the dentist.

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Did FTC ‘err completely’ in North Carolina ruling?

The Federal Trade Commission “erred completely” when it recently ruled against the North Carolina Dental Board’s actions last year regarding teeth whitening, says John Bitting.

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Florida has nation's tightest drug restrictions

Florida pain clinics and state doctors came under the nation’s tightest drug restrictions recently. Beginning July 1, 2011, addictive painkillers such as oxycodone have to be obtained at pharmacies, and narcotics prescriptions can only be written by physicians.

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