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Drilling for Danger – Prions found to be Transmissible in Aerosols

A study has confirmed that prions – responsible for diseases like Mad Cow – can be transmitted and infective through aerosolized droplets of fluid, such as those produced during a dental procedure.

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Sleep Deprivation Shown to Have Negative Oral Health Effects

Sleep deprivation has been shown to have a markedly negative effect on oral health through inflammatory pathways, irrespective of a person’s oral hygiene.

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Three Dental Discoveries Driving Innovation in Medicine

Discoveries in dental science often lead to applications well beyond the oral cavity; from dental stem cells being used to regenerate kidneys to periodontal treatment used to fight chronic disease.

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Providing Anxiolysis to Overweight Patient on Multiple Medications

A DOCS Educaton member ponders how to provide mild but effective anxiolysis to an overweight patient with multiple CNS-depressant medications.

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Dentistry In Space

It seems strange that floating through the air like a feather could be hard on the body, but microgravity is no joke for the human anatomy, teeth included.

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Sedation of Polypharmacy Patient on Multiple CNS Depressants

Can a patient on multiple CNS depressants for the same condition be treated under DOCS oral conscious sedation protocols? DOCS Education faculty weigh in.

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The Fang Blenny: a Pint-Sized Toxicological Terror

Some of the most frightening teeth in the animal kingdom are contained in a cute-looking little fish smaller than your hand. Recently, some species were found to have a powerful opioid toxin.

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Five of the Strangest Dental Superstitions from Around the World

From teeth-stealing mice to the dangers of witchcraft, few things have been the subject of as much superstition as teeth

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Sedation of Patient Taking Tramadol

What's the protocol for treating a patient who needs to take tramadol for back pain prior to an appointment? This medication is listed as a "serious" interaction with DOCS sedation meds.

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Soy Milk is Six Times More Harmful to Teeth than Cow's Milk, Study Finds.

Often regarded as a healthier alternative to cow's milk for those looking to cut out dairy for diet or intolerance reasons, soy milk has been implicated as carrying a much higher risk for cavities.

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Like all emotions, fear encompasses a large spectrum. One DOCS Education member seeks Dr. Feck’s advice on a patient who displays an unusually high level of anxiety.
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When a patient presents with an extensive medical history, a DOCS Education member reaches out to faculty and colleagues to confirm that he has made the correct call with his treatment plan.
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A DOCS Education Member seeks the faculty’s advice: I have a long-standing patient that now has severe positional vertigo. She will not let me lower the back of the chair from the 90 degree seated position. She has no dental fear, and has always tolerated her dental work without local anesthetics.
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A DOCS Education faculty member provides advice on how to proceed with treatment.
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A DOCS Education member seeks the faculty’s assistance:

I have a 35-year-old patient who has Cerebral Palsy, is intellectually disabled and a history of seizures. He is taking the following medications: Remeron®, Dilantin®, Clonazepam and Keppra.


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