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Could You Be Getting More Out of Your Dental Laser?

New research highlights expanded functionality for dental lasers, which could make them a more attractive investment for the forward-thinking dentist.

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Sedation of Asthma Patient

What is the protocol for a patient who carries a prophylactic asthma inhaler? Can they receive treatment under sedation?

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Seven Great Candy Alternatives for Halloween

No one wants to be the "disappointing house" during Halloween, so check out these fun alternatives to candy that will still delight trick-or-treaters.

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Tumors with Teeth: The Terrifying Teratoma

What looks like an homage to John Carpenter's The Thing, and in rare cases can grow up to five pounds in weight? An unusual form of tumor known as the teratoma!

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Why Use a Slurry?

The mechanics of medication absorption are an important factor in dosing to effect. A DOCS Education member inquires as to the delivery method of the different medications.

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Looking to Ward off the Flu? Start by Brushing Your Teeth

Oral health has major implications for the rest of the body, including risk of infection. Maintaining good oral health may increase resilience against seasonal illness, including the flu.

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Should Hygienists Practice Independently in Underserved Areas?

Access to care remains a significant problem in poor and rural communities. Many hygienists argue that preventative care could be made more accessible by practicing without direct oversight.

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Sedation of Athlete with Repeated Head Trauma

An athlete with recurrent migraines presents for treatment, and the clinician recognizes gabapentin as a possible interaction. Are there more considerations to be made?

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Need a New Tooth? Just Pee.

Could human teeth be grown from cells harvested in our urine? Researchers have reverse-engineered stem cells that could be used as a natural tooth-replacement therapy.

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"It's all in your mouth!" Occlusion and Balance Found to be Related.

Could a bad bite throw more than just your oral health out of balance? Researchers have found an link between the mouth and one's balance and posture.

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A member of DOCS Education asks:

It seems I have an abundance of cops and nurses in the practice, and all seem to be taking some form of anti-anxiety meds or BP meds. Well, someone has to treat them and I have had great success with the DOCS protocol, but could use some suggestions here on an upcoming patient:

Patient is 5 9" / 220 lbs. He is a half-pack a day smoker. No snoring, or so he says. BP today was 148/89, HR 86'. I have seen diastolic pressure at 95 on a previous visit. Meds are as follows:


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Welcome to the Incisor Hub; we're glad to have you here. Whether you've been a DOCS Education member for many years, are a new member, or have yet to become a member (for shame!), you all have the pleasure of reading the informative blog posts written by our charming, smart, and dare I say it—ravishing editors. We make the Incisor available to all who are interested in reading, because at DOCS Education we believe information should be accessible to those that are thirsty for it. However, we’re not dummies—we reserve the best perks for our members. And one of the hands-down most important benefits we offer with a DOCS Education Membership is access to the Elite DOCS Forum. Monitored by esteemed dental professionals Drs. Jerome Wellbrock, Lesie Fang and Anthony Feck, the Elite DOCS Forum offers dentists the opportunity to read up on pertinent case studies and connect with other members. Have a question about pharmacology, patient management, IV sedation or protocols and regulations? No problem. Our faculty will respond to your questions within 24-48 hours—giving you the answers you need in a timeframe that truly benefits your practice.


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A DOCS Education Member asks: I have a 32 year-old male patient with no health concerns other than a past history of opiate abuse. I first saw this patient three years ago for a sedation consultation; he never followed through with further treatment. At that time the patient was taking 24mg of Suboxone® a day. Patient is now down to 1mg of Suboxone® per day and is seeking treatment for his many dental problems. Is this a safe patient to treat with OCS medications, or are there changes I should make to the protocol? Patient may need several root canals and I normally do the extra strength Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen combo for the first day. I do not typically have to call in any pain meds for day two or beyond, but if this patient requires them, what would you suggest I do? My thought is to have the MD managing his Suboxone® make this judgment.
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Have you considered becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomate? You haven't? Well, I'm here, at great personal risk, to share top secret, insider information that will hopefully change your mind. If it came to the attention of the powers that be at DOCS Education that I've leaked these secrets, they surely would put me in the stocks. So please, gentle reader, listen carefully. The benefits of becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomate are many, and the glory it will bring to your kingdom…uh, practice will be enduring and splendiferous.
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IT solutions for dental offices have always been a specialty of Dr. Lorne Lavine, which is why he settled on the moniker The Digital Dentist. Backed by a complete site re-design, Dr. Lavine has rolled out Practice Byte Guard—a new suite of services designed to manage all of your practice’s IT needs. After working with dental practices across the US and Canada for the last 20 years, Dr. Lavine has assembled this software package to cater to the most-wanted and requested needs of dental professionals. HIPAA compliance assistance, multi-leveled data management and network security make up the separate components of Practice Byte Guard. Dr. Lavine announced the release in an email late last week:
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Despite dentists' mutual interest in all things teeth, we understand you may be divided in your digital versus paper preferences. No need to quarrel, though – because DOCS Digest is meeting the needs of everyone! Check out our informative, exciting and educational publication right now!
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