Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Inhalation Sedation: A Training Program



Next offering: Fall 2017

Do you need to complete the educational training required by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry rules in order to administer nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation analgesia? Would you like a review and update on nitrous oxide sedation?

Whether beginning or refining your skills in nitrous oxide administration, this practical continuing dental education course will give you the capacity to reduce patient anxiety and fears in your dental office. You will benefit from the highest level of professional training since this is the only dental school-based training program in Minnesota for all eligible members of the dental team — dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and licensed dental assistants.

This Minnesota Board of Dentistry approved course includes: 12 hours of didactic instruction, the personal administration of at least three individual cases of analgesia, and supervised clinical experience using fail-safe anesthesia equipment capable of positive pressure respiration.


You will learn how to:

  • Identify medical history and medical emergency concerns related to the use of nitrous oxide sedation.
  • Provide nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation sedation effectively and safely for children and adults.
  • Titrate levels of nitrous oxide administration according to individual patient needs.
  • Document the use of nitrous oxide sedation in the patient record.
  • Use and maintain nitrous oxide equipment.
  • Prevent occupational hazards associated with nitrous oxide sedation.

Who Should Attend

Dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and licensed dental assistants who want to begin administering nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation sedation according to Minnesota requirements or who are using nitrous oxide sedation but want an update on new equipment, techniques and precautions.

Please Note: Pregnant women are not eligible to participate in this course.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, clinical demonstration, and clinical practice on a minimum of three patients.

Course Director

This continuing dental education course is under the direction of James Q. Swift, D.D.S., Professor, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota; Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and includes faculty and residents from the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.


  • Final registration will begin at 7:30 AM on Friday.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration on Friday and at 7:30 AM on Saturday.
  • The lecture portion of the program will run from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM on Friday.
  • The hands-on session will commence at 8:00 AM on Saturday and will adjourn at 12:15 PM.
  • There will be a 15-minute refreshment break mid-morning and mid-afternoon on Friday.
  • Lunch is included and will be served from 12:00 to 12:45 PM on Friday.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

Special instructions

Please note that on weekends, you must enter Moos Tower from the second floor (the Washington Avenue entrance located below street level) or use the tunnel from the Washington Avenue parking ramp to access Moos Tower.

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one month (30 total days) before the program. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the program $100 will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Moos HS Tower is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street SE.

Get directions to Moos Tower and the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.


Parking is available in the Washington Avenue Ramp. The Washington Avenue Ramp is located at 501 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

You will need to push the button on the stationary box in order to receive a parking slip and activate the gate. Detailed instructions for exiting the ramp will be provided during the program. Parking charges will be billed to Continuing Dental Education.

If the ramp is full or event parking is in place as you enter, please inform the attendant that you are attending a Continuing Dental Education conference in the School of Dentistry.

Note: If you park anywhere besides the Washington Ave. Ramp, you will be responsible for the parking fees.

The Commons Hotel Guests Only: If you are staying at the Commons Hotel, we encourage that you make parking reservations directly with the hotel. We cannot validate parking for overnight stays. Validated parking is only available during course hours.


Hotel accommodations are available at the Commons Hotel, located directly across the street from the Dental School. To reserve your room at the special Continuing Dental Education rate:

  • Call the Commons Hotel at 612-379-8888 and ask for in-house reservations. Tell the reservationist the dates of your stay and that you want a room under the reservation for “Continuing Dental Education.” Ask the reservationist to enter your name for one of the rooms at the special Continuing Dental Education rate.
  • If you are outside the United States or do not wish to call, please email  with the dates you intend to stay and ask to have your name entered for one of the reservations under “Continuing Dental Education.”

Link to a list of hotels near campus.

Enrollment is limited to 44.


A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. 

Tuition includes the text Handbook of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation by Morris S. Clark and Ann L. Brunick, which will be mailed to you prior to the course.


12 hours

Minnesota Credits
11 fundamental
1 core (Management of Medical Emergencies)

Eligible for AGD Mastership credit in pediatric dentistry and special patient care.


8:00 AM to 5:15 PM (Friday)
8:00 AM to 12:15 PM (Saturday)


6-410 Moos HS Tower
(Lynda J. Young Conference Room) 
Minneapolis Campus