Nitrous Administration By The Dental Hygienist

Is this course approved by the Tennessee Board of Dentistry? Yes! You will receive 14 hours of continuing education credit when you take this course.

How is the course organized? The course has a didactic portion and a clinical portion. Much of the didactic material will be provided online.

What materials do I need to bring to the clinical portion of the course? No materials are needed for this course.

Do I need to bring a patient to the clinical portion? No you do not need to bring a patient.

Where will the clinical portion be held? The clinical portion is held at different locations across the state. Go to "register" at the top of the page to see the locations.

What type of computer equipment will I need? Any computer with an internet connection will be adequate for this course, but a high speed internet connection for your computer is highly desirable.

How much does the course cost? The fee for the course is $300.

How do I pay for the course? Payment is easy. After registering, you can pay immediately using Paypal, a safe and reliable online payment program. You do not need a Paypal account to use your own credit card. However, if you create a Paypal account, you have six months to pay for the course with no interest.

What is your refund policy? You will receive a full refund (minus a 10% processing fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before the course. You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel less than 30 days before the course.

How do I register for the course? Simply go to "register" at the top of the page. Course locations will be listed there.

Do I need to purchase a textbok or other study material? No textbook is required.

What will I learn? After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Adhere to Tennessee laws that pertain to nitrous oxide administration and monitoring,
  2. Compare the physiological to the psychological aspects of pain,
  3. Describe the organization and function of the adult and pediatric respiratory system,
  4. Describe the organization and function of the adult and pediatric circulatory system,
  5. Evaluate conditions noted on medical histories that may require alterations in care,
  6. Take vital signs and evaluate the results,
  7. Describe the condition of a patient in each of the four stages of anesthesia,
  8. Recognize the signs and symptoms of light, moderate, and deep analgesia,
  9. Manipulate the controls on the nitrous oxide equipment to properly titrate the dose of nitrous oxide, Discuss the physical and chemical properties of nitrous oxide,
  10. List the possible side effects of nitrous oxide analgesia,
  11. Recognize the reported sexual phenomena and hallucinatory effects associated with nitrous oxide use,
  12. Recognize the potential for abuse of nitrous oxide,
  13. Recognize signs that a patient is experiencing an adverse reaction to nitrous oxide,
  14. Describe the procedure of induction and termination of nitrous oxide analgesia,
  15. Recognize potential life threatening situations related to nitrous oxide analgesia,
  16. Respond to potential life threatening situations related to nitrous oxide analgesia,
  17. Identify risks and potential hazards of long term exposure to nitrous oxide,
  18. Outline methods of reducing unnecessary exposure to nitrous oxide by dental staff,
  19. List the indications and contraindications for nitrous oxide analgesia,
  20. Provide post operative instructions to patients who have received nitrous oxide analgesia,
  21. Summarize the American Society of Anesthesiology recommendations for the use of nitrous oxide analgesia.