Nobody saw it coming. The widespread availability of fluoride that began decades ago seemed to guarantee an era free of caries. By 2011, experts predicted, children would have little use for dental care. The need for pediatric dental professionals would plummet as specialists scrambled to find other employment. Instead the opposite occurred. Fueled by an onslaught of sugary drinks and poor dietary habits generally, caries in kids has reached pandemic levels. And far from becoming obsolete, dentists treating children are more valuable than ever. The profession wrestles not with the problems of abundance but the challenge of scarcity: only 5,000 pediatric dentists practice in the United States today. Earn one hour of free CE with Dr. Roger Sanger's Pediatric Sedation Dentistry: Help for the Caries Crisis? This illuminating course is available November 1; you'll receive a link and instructions in the next edition of Incisor. In the first of a series of online presentations, Roger Sanger, DDS, outlines not only the current realities but also the role sedation can play in addressing the care of children. Dr. Sanger is the director of Pediatric Sedation Dentistry for DOCS Education. He's an experienced dental educator who leads courses throughout the United States and Canada. Pediatric Sedation Dentistry: Help for the Caries Crisis? offers one hour of PACE/AGD-approved CE credit. It's available free to subscribers of Incisor. DOCS Education will introduce free online CE presentations throughout the coming year. Scheduled topics include joint prophylaxis, pain control in the dental setting and emerging trends in emergency medication. Dr. Sanger's course covers not only the dimensions of the caries crisis but also the reasons behind the pandemic. He outlines a problem that's dramatically increasing amid a poor climate for improvement: birthrates are rising while the number of pediatric dentists” 5,000 remains woefully insufficient. While no solution can by itself solve the caries crisis, dentists can both address the problem and grow their practices through pediatric sedation, Dr. Sanger maintains. The ability to sedate children very often means more procedures can be performed in one visit, he says, adding that aggressively tackling caries is becoming the preferred clinical approach. Dr. Sanger cautions that not every child is an appropriate candidate for sedation. Pediatric sedation is remarkably safe when dentists adhere to established protocols about case selection and drug administration, he maintains. Other aspects of sedation safety include sophisticated monitoring and emergency preparedness. Dr. Sanger covers these subjects along with improvement in medication, another factor in the remarkable profile of pediatric sedation. Learn more about Dr. Roger Sanger, pediatric sedation and DOCS Education seminars by visiting DOCSeducation.org. Note: This CE will be free for 30 days. After that, it can be purchased for $29.95.

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