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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.

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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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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