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Sedation boosts both efficiency and quality care

Imagine safely delivering more dental care in a fewer number of appointments, minus the usual interruptions.

Lessons from the field: A forum just for you

DOCS Education faculty don’t just help you in the classroom. Clinical advice, unique patients, drug concerns—Drs. Leslie Fang, Anthony Feck, and Michael Silverman welcome your questions.

Risk of nitrous gases shut off with unique mask

Did you know that above 50 parts per million the presence of nitrous gas poses significant safety risks to your patients, your staff, and you?

Regulations change often. Do you know what’s up?

State regulations change frequently, especially following shifts produced by local dental boards. Do you have the time and expertise to follow these rapid events? Now you don’t have to.

DOCS Digest: Features - facts about sedation care

DOCS Education was started to serve the unique needs of sedation dentistry. No one is prouder of the committed individuals who make up this stellar group.

Secure patient safety, sedation success with industry-leading vital signs monitor

The Criticare 8100 nGenuity serves both adult and pediatric patients in any office or operatory. Its user-friendly interface features simplified menus, a bright display, and large numbers.

Years of embarrassment quickly disappear as woman experiences transforming smile

At 55, Amy O. had grown used to her gap-toothed smile. The long-time Sarasota resident and mother of three didn’t put much stock in physical appearances anyway.

Smooth system reinforces sedation practice and promotes economical care model

Like most dentists, Dr. Richard Gesker was skeptical before taking his first course in oral sedation. But he was so inspired by the combined teaching skills of Drs.

Does your office staff have its eyes on the ball?

Suppose you offer sterling clinical care in a stellar setting. You’ve taken pains to create an office environment where patients feel pampered. There’s just one problem.

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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A member of DOCS Education writes: I have been sedating patients for over ten years but I wanted your help. I have an 85 year old insulin-dependent diabetic patient that has requested sedation. Her BP reads 146/74, pulse 69. She takes 20 units of Lantus® insulin at 100 unit/ML once a day and 15 units of Humalog® insulin at 100 unit/Ml once a day. If I were to sedate her, should she eat a small dinner and her normal small breakfast and not take any insulin on the day of sedation? Other medications the patient is taking are: amlodipine 5mg, lovastatin 40 mg, quinapril GCL 10 mg, HCTZ 12.5 mg, aspirin 325 mg, 2 x 220 mg Aleve®, CalCarb 600/D 600-400 MG-unit. The patient does not have asthma or any breathing issues but I don't feel comfortable with sedation.
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The recent analysis of chemical information left behind on 11 species of hominins (or early humans) and other East-African primates indicated a remarkable change in diet 3.5 million years ago. The results were published among four papers appearing in PNAS journal.
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We all hear that cheese and dairy products are great sources of calcium and help us maintain healthy bones. But have you ever heard that cheese may protect against tooth erosion?
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A member of DOCS Education asks: I have a patient interested in sedation but I have several concerns with her health. The patient has lupus, sarcoidoisis and rheumatoid arthritis. My practice is located in VA and, therefore, I am only able to use single dose protocols. With the fact that she takes Azathrioprine, Ventolin® and Hydroxycholorquine for her systemic issues, would you recommend IV sedation instead of oral? Patient is coming in tomorrow for a consultation and I have been waiting to get the medical consults back. Her primary care physician took no issue with the use of normal protocols, but I am not comfortable doing that. I have yet to hear from her pulmonary physician or the rheumatoid doctor. What would your advice be for this case? Thank you.
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You like dentistry. You want to perform dentistry. Do you want to spend your time worrying about office policies, or which state and federal rules apply to your dental office? What a headache.
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