Monitoring the Administration of Nitrous Oxide
for Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants

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:
  • Register online with our secured server.
  • Pay a registration fee of US$ 100.00
    • Paying With A Credit Card – Once you complete your registration, an e-mail will automatically be sent to you, at the address you provided, containing your User Code and Password and link to begin the course.
    • Not Paying With a Credit Card – Once our office receives your form of payment (check or money order) the following business day, an email will be sent to you at the address you provided, containing your User Code, Password and a link to a Logon Session page to begin the course.
  • Complete all reading assignments and submit quiz answers via Internet at the completion of each chapter.
  • Each quiz will be graded and you will see your scores instantaneously.
  • You will have 30 days to complete the course.
  • Once you begin the course, you will have the ability to Log Out and Log In while reading the material.  The quizzes/tests are timed.

Important Course Information
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: http://www.tsbde.state.tx.us 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.

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