Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certification Course for Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants
TSBDE-Approved Course for Certification
July 19, 2019
Dental hygienists and dental assistants, who are not currently certified to monitor nitrous oxide/oxy- gen inhalation conscious sedation, must now attend an approved certification course. In accordance with Rule 114.4, this course has been approved by the Texas State board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). Upon registration for the course, participants will receive a packet of study materials. The course will consist of:
Class, laboratory, and test session (8 hours)
Participants must pass a written examination with a 70%
To meet the individual needs of each student,
remediation and re-testing will be determined on a case-by-case basis
Participants may retake the examination up to 2 times ($10 each exam). If the participant does not successfully pass after the 3rd try, the course must be retaken.
Successful completion of this course will permit certification for five (5) years.
To engage the participants’ learning, innovative teaching techniques will be used to. Games, audience response, and role-playing demonstrations of clinical emergencies associated with nitrous oxide-oxygen conscious sedation are some of the learning strategies that will be used.
Upon completion of the course the student should be competent to pass an examination covering the following:
Brief history of Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen Conscious Sedation (NO-OCS)
The legal provisions (Texas Jurisprudence) for
Dental Auxiliaries to monitor NO-OCS
Dental anatomy and physiology related to NO-OCS
Common drugs that react to the exposure of NO-OCS
The operation of equipment used to monitor Nitrous Oxide, as well as the safety features and infection control of equipment Responsibilities in monitoring patients under NO-OCS
Recognition and management of medical emergencies associated with Nitrous Oxide
Check-in: 7:30 AM Program time: Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM