Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Conscious Sedation Review

Friday, March 3, 2023


This course is designed to prepare the dental auxiliary (dental assistants and dental hygienists) to obtain certification in nitrous oxide monitoring as mandated by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. Nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation have been used safely and successfully to assist in the management of pain and anxiety. This course 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 for nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation; and equipment used for conscious sedation. You will also gain knowledge in infection control protocols, patient-monitoring procedures and prevention of complications.

Upon completion of this course, you will take the required examination; the passing score is 70% or higher. You will have the opportunity to retake the examination up to two times ($75 each exam). If you do not successfully pass after the 3rd attempt, the entire course must be retaken.

Participants will receive the Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Study Guide in the confirmation email. It is important to print the Study Guide in color and bring a copy with you to the course as no copies will be available on the day of the course.



Upon completion of the course, you 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 the complications and prevention management

  • Evaluate indications and contraindications for 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


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As a courtesy, please register for all courses at least two weeks in advance. For your convenience however, you may register up to 72 hour prior to the day of the course with no additional charge.

Tuition | Course Fee

$295 - Allied Dental Personnel

Course fee is due at time of registration.

We aim to accommodate walk-in registrations for all programs; although lecture room and hands-on training space is limited. Pre-registration is suggested to guarantee your space.

About the Presenter(s)


Victoria Patrounova, RDH, MHA is an Associate Professor  and Program Director at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD) in the Department of Periodontics and the Dental Hygiene Program. Ms. Patrounova earned her certificate in Dental Hygiene from UTSD and her Masters in Healthcare Administration degree from Texas Woman’s University. Before joining faculty at UTSD in 2009, she was a guest lecturer at UTSD and has been practicing dental hygiene in Houston area for ten years. Ms. Patrounova has authored several articles published in professional dental and dental hygiene journals. She is an active member of Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Association, TDHA, ADHA and the Texas Dental Hygiene Educators’ Association. Ms. Patrounova is Past Chair for ADEA Section over Substance Abuse, Addictions & Tobacco Dependence Education.




Credit Hours

163 Conscious Sedation - Lecture: Hours - 8


Time and Location


7:30 AM to 8:00 AM


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM


UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry - Garza Classroom
7500 Cambridge Street
4th Floor Room 4340
Houston, TX 77054
(University door open at 7:30 AM)

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UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry
PACE Center
7500 Cambridge St., Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054
Ph: 713-486-4028
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