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Texas State Board of Dental Examiners offers an optional Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate for Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants. This course will cover: History and Safety, Patient Monitoring, Effects of N2O, etc. This program is intended to provide sufficient information to dental hygienists and dental assistants to gain knowledge and to understand their responsibility of monitoring the patients when they assist their dentist during the administration of nitrous oxide.
This course was approved by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to certify dental hygienists and dental assistants. If you wish to be certified to monitor Nitrous Oxide in another state, contact your State Board for a list of approved providers.
Participation in the didactic portion of the course requires that you:
It is the policy of the UT Health San Antonio Office of Continuing Dental Education to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its sponsored educational activities. All participating speakers, course directors, and planning committee members are required to disclose to the program audience any financial relationships related to the subject matter of this program. Relationships of spouse/partner with proprietary entities producing health care goods or services should be disclosed if they are of a nature that may influence the objectivity of the individual in a position to control the content of the CDE activity. Disclosure information is reviewed in advance in order to manage and resolve any possible conflicts of interest. Specific disclosure information for each speaker, course director, and planning committee member will be shared with the audience prior to the speaker’s presentation.
Continuing Dental Education Staff members have nothing to disclose.
This interactive course is the same didactic material that is required of a dentist to become certified in nitrous oxide. Please be advised that only licensed certified dentists can administer nitrous oxide.
Some of the material you will read includes information pertaining to the administration of nitrous oxide. This is for your information only. When seeing a statement such as "The following is a suggested ‘step by step’ technique for administering nitrous oxide - oxygen conscious sedation", this should not be interpreted as a dental hygienist or dental assistant administering nitrous oxide.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive an electronic verification for 9 hours of didactic continuing dental education. Print this document and save the verification for your records - follow the prompts allowing you to print the certificate.
Your next step will be to fill out and mail in an “Application for Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate” to the State Board in order to complete certification. This form, for both Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistant, can be located on the Board’s website: www.tsbde.texas.gov/licensing/ under Optional Certifications (Dental Hygiene/Dental Assistants).
Before mailing in the application be sure to complete the form by attaching all the requested information, such as a copy of your completion certificate, a copy of your active CPR card, etc. Please note: There is an application fee that must be included, made payable to the State Board for processing this application. If you have any questions regarding the application, please address them to the State Board at (512) 463-6400.
On behalf of the Office of Continuing Dental Education, congratulations and the best of luck in your career.
Original Date: 09/01/2012 | Review Date: 08/31/2020 | Expiration Date: 08/30/2025