July 21, 2017

TSBDE-Approved Course for Certification
Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certification Course for
Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants

Mary E. Jacks, R.D.H, M.S.

Dental hygienists and dental assistants, who are not currently certified to monitor nitrous oxide/oxygen 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

Mary E. Jacks, R.D.H, M.S., is an Assistant Professor in the Dental Hygiene Department at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Ms Jacks has over 25 year's clinical experience and has been full-time faculty member since 2000. Areas of teaching expertise include: Periodontics, advanced hand and powered instrumentation, faculty calibration, humor in healthcare, and distance education technologies. She has provided numerous national and international lectures on micro ultrasonic instrumentation and adapting techniques to efficiently manage periodontal clients.

Check-in: TBD, 7:30 AM
Program: Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

UT Health San Antonio, School of Dentistry

Allied Dental Personnel: $365.00

CREDIT (Course Code: 160455A)
Hours: 8

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