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Continuing Dental Education

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Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Inhalation Sedation: A Training Program

Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Inhalation Sedation: A Training Program

Friday-Saturday morning, October 21-22, 2016 

Note: This program is full for 2016. However, you may request a place on the cancellation list for the 2016 session and receive priority notification for a future course offering by contacting the Office of Continuing Dental Education at 800-685-1418 or 612-625-1418, or email

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.


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.




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