Nitrous Oxide Sedation for the Dental Hygienist

This course provides Registered Dental Hygienists with basic and current concepts in the administration of nitrous oxide. Upon successful completion of this course, the RDH will have met the State of Ohio’s didactic, clinical hours and course content requirements to become eligible to administer nitrous oxide. This course meets for the 4 hours of didactic instruction and 2 hours of clinical experience required by the Ohio State Dental Board.

During the laboratory and clinical sessions, you will practice administering nitrous oxide – and you will receive nitrous oxide. For safety, individuals that are pregnant will not be allowed to take this course without a note from their physician.

Participants are required to pass a written examination.

Prerequisites:
Current RDH
Consent Form

Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, each participant should be able to:
-Demonstrate competence in the administration and monitoring of nitrous analgesia
-Demonstrate Knowledge of neurophysiology and pharmacology as it relates to nitrous oxide
-Demonstrate appropriate record keeping
-Recognize and manage complications of nitrous oxide
-Identify proper patient selection and contraindications in the use of nitrous oxide



Nitrous Oxide Sedation for the Dental Assistant

This program is specifically designed to prepare the Dental Assistant to obtain certification in nitrous oxide monitoring as mandated by the Ohio State Dental Board. A comprehensive review on the general guidelines and industry standards for nitrous oxide conscious sedation will be presented. This course includes 6 hours of didactic instruction.

During the laboratory and clinical sessions, you will practice monitoring the administering process and may receive nitrous oxide. For safety, individuals that are pregnant will not be allowed to receive nitrous oxide without written permission from their physician.
Consent Form


Participants are required to pass a written exam.

Prerequisites:
In addition to this course, the Ohio State Dental Board requires CPR certification (through AHA, ARC, or ASHI) and 2 years and 3,000 hours of experience in the practice of dental assisting to perform this function.


Upon completion of the monitoring course, the participant should understand the following:
1. The history of N2O-O2 inhalation sedation
2. Definitions and descriptions of physiological and psychological aspects of anxiety and pain
3. Concepts and management of pain and anxiety
4. Indications and contraindications for N2O-O2 minimal sedation
5. Anatomy and physiology of respiration
6. Pharmacology and physiology of N2O-O2 sedation
7. Objective and subjective signs of N2O-O2 sedation
8. Indications and contraindications of N2O-O2 sedation
9. Recognition, prevention, and/or management of complications related to nitrous oxide sedation
10. Taking and reviewing a thorough health history
11. Management of patient during and after sedation to ensure complete recovery and prevent complications
12. Description and use of N2O-O2 equipment
13. Health hazards associated with chronic exposure or abuse of nitrous oxide
14. Recommended techniques for reducing occupational exposure to nitrous oxide
15. Discussion of sexual phenomena and hallucinatory effects reported with nitrous oxide
16. Legal consideration of nitrous oxide use

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