Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
Founded in 1999 by Dr. Michael Silverman and Dr. Anthony Feck, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) is committed to educating dentists on how to safely and effectively treat high-fear patients. After years of experience in treating fearful and anxious patients, Silverman and Feck realized that they could standardize a system of study to help dentists address the challenges of treating high-fear patients. DOCS aims to provide a curriculum of coursework taught by a wide range of experts who’ve developed protocols based on studies in pharmacology, physiology and patient psychology. The coursework is offered throughout the year, at various centers across the United States and instructs dentists on the full spectrum of conscious sedation education.
Oral Sedation Dentistry — During the introductory course in the DOCS curriculum, dentists learn not only how to treat fearful patients but how to administer dental treatment plans to achieve more dental work in one visit. Patients can experience fewer dental appointments with little or no post-operative discomfort. Through this course, dentists can also learn how to maximize practice profitability and professional satisfaction.
Sedation Solutions — Caring for Challenging Patients is the next step beyond Oral Sedation Dentistry and is geared for dentists who’ve already had clinical experience in treating high-fear patients. Sedation Solutions focuses on the treatment of patients with mild to moderate systemic diseases like depression, diabetes and systemic diseases.
ACLS Dentistry — This advanced level seminar focuses on hands-on dental emergency procedures. ACLS Dentistry distinguishes itself from general hospital courses in emergency management with its special focus on preparing an emergency dentist for a real dental situation. Emergency dentists also benefit from the camaraderie of fellow sedation dentistry students.
DOCS offers a full catalog of sedation products designed for patient comfort and features the latest in dental technology. Products range from Airways, CD-ROM’s detailing drug interaction guidelines and drug-storage cabinets to Videos on Oral Sedation, Vital Signs Monitors and External Defibrillators. Bought in bulk, these products are discounted for sale to DOCS member dentists.
DOCS offers its members a number of services and support that aid in sedation dentistry: For instance, members have full access to the DOCS regulatory department for legal and regulatory consultation. Each member also receives a drug logbook with each year’s renewal, providing a comprehensive update on all drugs dispensed in sedation practice and may receive regular newsletters outlining complex case studies and the latest sedation dentistry news. Members may also access the DOCS message forums, which address sedation dentistry questions and concerns. As continuing education students, members can enroll in a Fellowship program, and, as experienced members, they can take part in a Mentorship program to lend support to newer members just starting out in their studies.