Podcast — Sedation

PMP Inquiries: Clearing up the Confusion

Are PMP inquiries required for sedation meds that are dispensed in the office? A listener read through the rules in January 2020 and spoke with a sedation officer and was advised that they did not need to do the PMP check if they were dispensing in the office. But the way the rule is worded makes it seem as though you

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Get to Know Duane + Andrea

This episode of Talking with the Toothcop is a two-parter! In the first half, you’ll get a look behind the curtain and get to know me—Duane Tinker—and my co-host, Andrea Baysinger. In the second half of this episode, we share an important reminder about nitrous oxide compliance rules. Don’t miss it!  Outline of This Episode [3:01] How Andrea became my co-host [6:05] I’m an introvert—until I take the stage [8:09] Andrea is an introvert disguised as an extrovert [9:29] Country versus city living (who is who?) [12:22] Raising Australian Shepherds on a ranch [13:05] Dentists that administer nitrous oxide [14:31]...

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Don’t Neglect Your Sedation and Anesthesia Reviews

Are you doing proper sedation and anesthesia reviews? Are you making sure you don’t have drugs sitting in your office that expired pre-COVID? Are you checking with a patient’s primary care provider before administering anesthesia? Being busy and overwhelmed isn’t an excuse for not doing your due diligence. In this episode of Talking with the Toothcop, Andrea and I touch on the importance of doing a proper review.  Outline of This Episode [4:09] Sedation and anesthesia reviews [8:49] Upcoming anesthesia course Check for expired drugs and equipment I’ve done a lot of sedation and anesthesia reviews in the last few...

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Sedation Inspections + EPCS + Continuing Education: What You Need to Know

Every five years, Texas conducts inspections of any practice that uses sedation. Some practices have recently undergone their initial inspections. From what I’ve heard, most have gone pretty well. Some are getting busted for things they consider nit-picky—like missing information on their preoperative checklist—but that the state board takes seriously. So in this episode of Talking with the Toothcop, Andrea and I chat about preoperative checklist requirements, the  Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS), as well as continuing education requirements. These are things you NEED to stay on top of—so don’t miss it! Outline of This Episode [4:10] Texas: Updates...

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