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Follow-up: Nine veterans test positive for Hepatitis in dentist investigation

DAYTON, Ohio — Officials at a Veterans Administration hospital in southwest Ohio say nine patients have tested positive for hepatitis in preliminary screenings...read more.

Nitrous oxide with a single-dose sedative: Consider this effective, affordable option

The nitrous oxide and single-dose sedative option offers patients an affordable alternative to more complicated sedation packages...read more.

DOCS Education Meets 90210: LA Seminar Update

The first seminar of 2011 has quickly come and gone. Sunny skies, Hollywood stars, and a top-notch group of dental professionals were hard to say goodbye to in Los Angeles...read more.

ADA Focuses on Children and "Underserved" Population

The American Dental Association today released the first in a series of papers examining the challenges and solutions to bringing good oral health to the millions of Americans—including as many as one-quarter of the nation's children—who lack access to dental care...read more.

Mobile dental clinic brings care to poor children in honor of 12-year-old victim

The Deamonte Driver Dental Van, a mobile dental clinic named for the 12-year-old who died from an infected tooth, made its first stop at the Foundation School in Largo on Nov. 11, 2010.

Laughing Gas For Childbirth: Is It Safe?

The use of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, during childbirth fell out of favor in the United States decades ago, and after a long hiatus the equipment needed to administer it is expected to hit the market soon...

Heart Failure Awareness Week: Double-check your pulse ox accessories

The Heart Failure Association of America is currently hosting Heart Failure Awareness Week. High blood pressure is a risk factor in heart failure, and as a dentist it is important to ensure that all your pulse oximeter accessories are up to date for your patients’ safety.

Social Media - Everybody's talking at me

Do you seek more business, want to announce new procedures or rates, or simply desire a more natural connection with your patients? Whatever your motivation for contact and growth, social media offers the most effective and least expensive solution.

Veterans possibly exposed to hepatitis, HIV, during routine dental work

More than 500 veterans in Ohio are being contacted by a clinic where they may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV during routine dental work, according to Ohio Veterans Affairs communications offic

Justice Dept. urged to slowly increment additional website regulations for dental practitioners

The ADA urges the Justice Department "to take an extended and incremental approach" on new website regulations that will take "millions of dollars and years of work."

A member of DOCS Education writes: I have a 55 year old female being treated for central adrenal insufficiency, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, ADD, hypothyroidism and hormone replacement therapy. All are well controlled at this time. Her physician has recommended tripling her dose of Cortef® the day of surgery. She has been a patient for years and is very relaxed in the chair, even for long appointments.
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The internet is a weird, malleable thing, isn’t it? It’s the double-edged blade of communication. The efficiency machine that eats up our days. The internet is filled with everything from the thickest gibberish imaginable to the most exquisite observations obtainable.
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Losing a tooth: it’s jarring, painful and inconvenient. However, a recent study suggests there may be even more serious repercussions to lost teeth than slightly diminished chomping abilities.
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A Member of DOCS Education asks: I have a 61 year old, 175 lbs female patient requiring a long sedation appointment. She is currently taking Advair®, Cartia XT®, losartan HCT and fenofibrate. Due to the medication interactions we cannot use diazepam or triazolam. Would it be possible for me to use lorazepam the night before, and if so, at what dosage should it be administered? Then at what incremental and loading dose should the lorazepam be given an hour prior to the appointment? After assessing the patient on arrival, what dose of hydroxyzine should be given? Finally, what incremental doses of lorazepam should be given at what intervals?
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Plus 3 Common Mistakes Whether you're an experienced sedation dentist, or just becoming interested in the field, everyone wants to know what NOT to do. Read on to find out the 5 most terrible, horrible, atrocious mistakes a sedation dentist could ever make.
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Sedation dentists help patients other dentists cannot. Those people who swore they'd never set foot in a dentist's office? Sedation can change their mind. Having a unique skill set is one way to gain a leg-up in the world of dentistry. But it's not the only way. What else can you do to help you stay ahead of the game?
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