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Sedation of Chronic Pain Patient with Early Signs of Alzheimer's

Older patients require less sedation medication, but what if they are on other medications that increase the likelihood of being a hyporesponder? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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The Immunological Paradox of Mastication

New research reveals that the process of chewing stimulates immune system activity to protect against infection, while at the same time increasing the risk of periodontal disease.

Three Reasons You Should Be Talking About Root Canals

To the average patient, no procedure is more dreaded than the root canal, despite the fact that it can be painless and preserve the natural tooth with excellent clinical outcomes.

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Fighting Cavities with Tea?

New research reveals that polyphenols in beverages such as black tea may have the power to disrupt bacterial metabolism and reduce inflammation in the oral mucosa.

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Alzheimer's Drug Found to Regenerate Dentin

Bizarre new use for Alzheimer's disease drug mobilizes tertiary dentin mechanism to rebuild significant tooth structure for restoration.

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How to Dismiss a Troublesome Patient in Three Easy Steps

As part of preparing for 2017, consider removing sources of stress from your practice like patients who are rude, argumentative, or chronically absent from scheduled appointments.

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Question about New Sedation Regulations

California's state sedation regulations have been in the news recently for potential changes being made to the way sedation permits are dispensed. DOCS regulatory attorney John Bitting weighs in.

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5 Great Ideas for a Better Practice in 2017

Wondering how to improve your practice in the new year? Check out these great tips to increase efficiency, bring in more patients and de-stress your life!

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How to Clean Your Teeth Like a Caveman

Archaeologists discover hidden evidence that the concept of toothbrushing may be far older than previously thought – older even the ancient Egyptians.

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Uncontrollable Sneezing Following Routine Appointment

A patient undergoes some standard treatment on her anterior maxillary dentition, and after leaving the office calls in to say she has been sneezing uncontrollably for hours!

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We’ve always taken for granted that exercise is wholly beneficial. But one study suggests this may not be the case – at least, for our teeth.
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We’ve reported in the past on the oral health benefits of wine and cheese. But until today, we had never come across an (apparently) teeth-improving beverage as universally lauded as coffee.


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Change is inevitable. The only real question is whether to change for the better or for the worse. In this issue, Incisor unveils the improvements and advancements made in the Pediatric Sedation Dentistry curriculum—and what they mean for your practice.
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Teeth. We spend a vast portion of our time thinking about them, treating them and studying them. But how much do we know about the teeth of other creatures?
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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I am considering sedating a patient of mine that is taking 120 mg per day of diltiazem. He has a history of cardiac ablation but is otherwise healthy. This will be my fourth sedation and the first with a "D" drug interaction. Would this patient be an ASA II? Also, should the initial doses of diazepam and triazolam be reduced? Should I use a different protocol? And finally, should I even be sedating this patient?


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