AGD Code: 340 8 Hour Certification – Technical and Scientific

Suggested Audience: H, C Hygienists and Chairside Assistants: $200


This course will prepare dental auxiliaries to obtain certification in nitrous oxide monitoring, as mandated by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. It will present a comprehensive review of the history of nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation, stages of anesthesia, anatomy and physiology, characteristics of nitrous oxide, indications and contraindications, patient monitoring procedures, equipment used for conscious sedation, and infection control protocols. Upon completion of this course, the participant will be administered the required examination​, which requires a passing score of 70%. Students not achieving this competency will be required to retake the entire course and exam.


Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the dental auxiliary will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation
  • Identify dental and basic respiratory anatomy and physiology
  • Recognize the stages of anesthesia
  • Identify the components of the nitrous oxide unit
  • Describe infection control protocols
  • Discuss patient monitoring parameters
  • List complications and prevention management
  • Evaluate indications and contraindications for the use of nitrous oxide sedation
  • List safety measures for detecting and assessing levels of trace gas in the dental office
  • Explain the legal considerations and the legal provisions of the State of Texas​.


This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP)​, through joint efforts between the Greater Houston Dental Society and The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston PACE Center.


Location: Date: July 24, 2021 Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Ms. Jana Mannen Ms. Victoria Patrounova