Online Mastering Sedation: Minimal Sedation (Module 3)

Mastering Sedation: (7 CE Credits)


This Module 3 course is taken in a series for either obtaining your Nitrous Oxide Permit or your Minimal Sedation Permit. 


Please visit the link to our Mastering Sedation informational webpage for more course options before registering. 


Course Prerequisites


There are 2 routes this course can take you...


Nitrous Sedation: If you are taking this course for a Nitrous Oxide Sedation Permit (State of Oregon) you will need to taken and completed Module 2 prior to registration. Please note that in order to sign up for the Module 3 course you will need to have passed and completed this Module 2 course.


Minimal Sedation: If you are taking this course for a Minimal Sedation Permit you will need to have passed and completed Modules 1 & 2 first before starting this course. The state of Oregon requires that you also attend a in-person participation for the minimal permit. Those in-person courses will be offered twice per year at OHSU SOD. Please reach out to the CDE department for more information at


Please visit this link to our informational webpage for more details


Module 3: Mastering Minimal Sedation - a permitting course; (in combination with Module 2 to certify for Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Inhalational Sedation; in combination with Module 2 and 3 to certify for combined oral and inhalational adult minimal sedation)

This is the Module of our interactive lecture and hands-on participation and certification course. It is designed for dentists and hygienists who desire to meet provincial and state dental board requirements for administering nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation to the dental patient (requires completion of Module 2 also). For those attendees looking to master adult minimal sedation to include both inhalational and oral sedation, completion of Module 1 and Module 2 is also required. In our virtual format participants can learn at their own pace and once all of the programs are successfully completed, there is an opportunity for a didactic, hand-on portion with our instructors at the dental school (dates are variable).


  • Review Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Pharmacology, indications and contraindications
  • Recognize potential risks and urban legends concerning nitrous oxide contamination, scavenging and environmental exposure
  • Bust some of the myths around local anesthesia and how sedation can improve local anesthesia success
  • Know the seven medications you need to have in your emergency kit and how to use them
  • Understand current regulations specific to your particular Province or State

Our faculty specializes in adult learning by utilizing a multimedia approach which enhances knowledge and retention. Participants will learn various techniques and protocols designed to achieve certification in nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation as well as competency in providing oral anxiolysis (minimal sedation). A patient-centered approach to care is emphasized with lectures on appropriate medication section, monitoring and practical emergency management. Case studies will augment the delivery of key points and a problem-based learning approach is encouraged so that each participant's questions are addressed. Our clinicians continue to provide these important modalities to their patients in daily practice, teach, do research and are well published in textbooks and the peer-reviewed literature on these subjects. These master educators differentiate our program from any other on this subject.

Refund and cancellation policy

OHSU Continuing Dental Education Department Cancellation/Refund Policy

The Continuing Dental Education Department must receive all cancellations in writing by mail, fax or email, prior to the course date for the appropriate refund to be issued.

  • At any time if the registrant cancels there will be $35 administrative fee on all cancellations to cover staff time and credit card transaction fees.
  • Cancellations by the participant more than 30 days prior to the course date will receive a full refund, minus the $35 administrative fee.
  • Cancellations by the participant made less than 7 days prior to the course date, will not be refunded.
  • 'No shows' for a course will forfeit the full registration tuition.
  • Tuition will be refunded in total if a course is cancelled by the Continuing Dental Education Department.
  • A set deadline is required for certain courses;no registrations or cancellations are accepted after the course's set deadline. Please see course listings for those with specific, set deadlines.
  • Emergencies involving the registrant or immediate family will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis.
  • In the event of snow, earthquake or other act of nature, please visit the CDE homepage or call the CDE office and listen to the instructions on the voicemail.

Registering for any continuing education activity or event constitutes acceptance of these terms.







Dr. Mark Donaldson received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia and his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He completed a residency at Vancouver General Hospital, and has practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist, clinical coordinator and director of pharmacy services at many healthcare organizations in both Canada and the United States.  He is currently the Associate Principal of Clinical Pharmacy for Vizient’s Advisory Solutions, and lives in Whitefish, Montana.


Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula, Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, and affiliate faculty in the School of Dentistry at UBC. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. He has spent the last 25 years focusing on dental pharmacology and dental therapeutics, and is a leader in the field.


Dr. Donaldson has published numerous peer-reviewed works and textbook chapters. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal Healthcare Executive and the Journal of the American Dental Association, and is a reviewer for over ten other different journals. He is board certified in healthcare management and is the Past-President and current Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter. Dr. Donaldson was named as the 2014 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia for the state of Montana and is the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award. This award is conferred by the Academy of General Dentistry upon an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the medical, dental and pharmacy literature. In 2019, Dr. Donaldson was conferred by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) in Ottawa with the, “Special Friend of Canadian Dentistry Award.” This award is given to an individual outside of the dental profession in appreciation for exemplary support or service to Canadian dentistry and/or to the profession as a whole.


Dr. Jason H. Goodchild is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He received his dental training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where he still holds a faculty position as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine. Dr. Goodchild is currently Associate Professor & Chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at Creighton University School of Dentistry (Omaha, NE). He is a Clinical Education Manager, focus North America at Dentsply Sirona Restorative (Milford, DE) involved in educating dentists on new materials and techniques to improve clinical practice.  He has published numerous articles and lectures internationally on the topics of treatment planning, treatment of medical complex patients, restorative dentistry, pharmacology, emergency medicine in dentistry, enteral sedation dentistry, and dental photography. He has been an invited speaker for the Academy of General Dentistry and American Association of Dental Examiners. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association, General Dentistry, and Quintessence International. Dr. Goodchild maintains a private general dental practice in Havertown, PA.





Dr. Scott C. Dickinson, DMD received his undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University and his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine.  After graduation he completed an AEGD while serving in the U.S. Army.  During this time Dr. Dickinson received training on and regularly used nitrous oxide and oxygen, oral, and intravenous sedation techniques.  During his service in the Army he performed the duties of both a flight surgeon and a general practicing dentist.  After leaving the Military he entered private practice where he served as the Vice President of Clinical Support for Aspen Dental Management.  In this role he was responsible for the training, new dentist orientation, and continuing education needs of both the company and the over 700 doctors it associates with.  He now maintains an active general dental practice in Pensacola Florida where he regularly uses sedation techniques to more comfortably treat his patients. 

Oregon Health & Science University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Target Audience

This course is designed for Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants


Registration costs







Continuing Education

7 CDE Alone


14 CDE when combined with Module 2 for Nitrous Sedation


21 CDE when combined with Modules 1 and 2 for Minimal Sedation


Registration open through 11/1/2023 8:59 PM EST



This is an online self-paced course that meets the needs of the Oregon Board of Dentistry.

Disability Accommodations

If you have a disability and need accommodations to attend or participate in this event please contact the CE Department at 503-494-8857 at least five business days prior to the event.

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