Dental Excellence Awards launched; surprising sedation advice

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Do you have a favorite new product you think deserves recognition? Do your colleagues deserve special attention for their efforts in education or research? Then nominate them for the first-ever DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards, designed to honor the best and brightest in dentistry.

Starting today, we will take suggestions from our members for candidates in 13 categories, ranging from Most Effective Dentist Educator to Best New Material to Hottest Clinical Procedure. You'll then be asked to select the finalists in two subsequent rounds of voting, with awards presented to the winners at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting in February.

Your participation in the nomination process is crucial to ensuring that the Dental Excellence Awards are an accurate reflection of dentistry. To get started, just click here or go to

Sedation tips

Encourage smokers to smoke. Put patients in wheelchairs, even if they can walk. Administer a peppermint LifeSaver. These are some of the surprising tips offered by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). Read more.

And although the recession is affecting the ability of many patients to pay for dental care, there are a number of affordable resources dental practices can utilize to enhance productivity during these challenging times, says Robin Besotes, founder of The Doctor's Rx.

Finally, over on the Second Opinion page, Dr. Don Deems offers tips to help you reconnect with the personal and professional rewards that brought you to dentistry in the first place. Meanwhile -- just in time for Halloween -- Dr. Sheri Doniger celebrates the joys of chocolate.

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