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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."

Update on PSD for Your Practice

The 2010 U.S. census results are now available, and they continue to show what we already reviewed in our PSD course—the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population is the 0 to 17 age group.

No alcohol, avoid sushi, limit your caffeine intake…brush and floss? The importance of keeping your body healthy during pregnancy is common knowledge, but new studies suggest maintaining good oral health may be especially important during pregnancy, and poor oral hygiene can have some serious consequences. In the absence of adequate oral hygiene, periodontal bacteria accumulate in the gingival crevice. This bacteria may enter the bloodstream, disseminating throughout the body and triggering the induction of systemic inflammation responses and/or ectopic infections.
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On Monday, July 1, 2013, the University of Pennsylvania Health System joined dozens of hospitals across the country by implementing a ban on hiring smokers. Proponents say such policies lower health care costs and improve employee and community health. Others believe these restrictions may be the beginning of a slippery ethical slope.
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A DOCS Education Member asks: We have a fearful 50 year-old female who is requesting sedation in our office. She claims a history of chest pains, shortness of breath and ulcers. Additionally she has had gallbladder and ovarian cyst surgery and a past skin disease, she has been diagnosed bipolar, has a thyroid condition and COPD per her pulmonologist. The patient also smokes, snores, has frequent headaches, chronic dry mouth and exhibits psychogenic polydipsia.
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What do Lauren Hutton, Brigitte Bardot and Madonna all have in common? They’re all part-time quantum physicists! Just kidding. These three blonde beauties all have something in common, and it’s smack dab in the middle of their faces: gap teeth. Gap teeth, or diastema if you’re a fancy-pants, has been getting a lot of attention recently in the fashion world as more and more models with a chasm in their chompers strut down runways and are featured in cosmetic campaigns.
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Dr. Paul Weiss's pediatric dental office in Williamville, NY, has a very special helper on their team. Like many other dental office assistants, Weiss’s new partner is friendly, caring and tries her hardest to make all patients feel comfortable and safe. However, she does differ in some respects: her idea of a perfect day involves sticking her head out of a car window, she has a taste for kibble and frequently has spats with cats. Yep, the newest addition to Weiss’s practice is a dog.
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Medication interactions are no joke, and neither are government regulations. A member of DOCS Education concerned with the amount of medications that his upcoming sedation patient is taking offers to fax the patient’s records to DOCS Education faculty for a more thorough analysis and recommendation. What happens next is an important lesson in keeping both your patients and your practice safe.
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