Contemporary Use of Nitrous Oxide

Ms. Jacqueline Mueller, BSDH, RDH, MEd, is a graduate of Marquette University Baccalaureate Program in Dental Hygiene and has a Master's Degree in Education from Carroll University. Jacqueline's career has included private practice clinical work in general and periodontal offices in several states. She currently  practices clinical dental hygiene in private practice in Okauchee, WI. In addition to teaching clinical preventative and non-surgical periodontal patient therapy at Marquette University School of Dentistry, Jacqueline teaches Dental Anxiety & Pain Management at Waukesha County Technical College.

Ms. Mueller has no conflict of interest to disclose.

Dr. Joseph Best is a 1989 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry and a part-time faculty member at the dental school in the Department of Surgical Sciences. He is the course director for the Medical Emergencies and Pharmacotherapeutics courses at MUSoD and lectures extensively in pharmacology, medicine, oral surgery and implant dentistry both at the dental school and in regional CE programs. Dr. Best received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and maintains a private practice with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates in Waukesha, WI.

Dr. Best has no conflict of interest to disclose.

Course Description:

This course provides the dentist and registered dental hygienists with instruction in the current concepts of the safe and effective administration of nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia in the clinical practice. Participation in this course will provide the licensed dentist with a robust review of and update on the parameters and guidelines for use of nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia in your practice. Upon successful completion of this course, the licensed dental hygiene participant will have met the Wisconsin Dental Examining Board (WDEB) certification guidelines for didactic content and clinical participation, qualifying the participant to apply for certification to administer nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia.  

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course the participant should be able to:

  • Identify proper patient selection and contraindications in the use of nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia
  • Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, neurophysiology and pharmacology as it relates to nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia
  • Recognize and manage complications of nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia
  • Demonstrate the safe and effective administration and monitoring of nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia
  • Demonstrate appropriate record keeping related to the administration of nitrous oxide analgesia


 There will be some self-study homework needing to be completed prior to the course. This information will be mailed to registered participants about 3 weeks prior to the course.

Required textbook 'Handbook of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation' by Morris Clark and Ann Brunick Elselvier. ISBN: 978-0-04827-9 (3rd or 4th edition is okay)

Pre-course preparation includes reading of the required textbook and completion of the self-study workbook that will take a minimum of 4 hours. Self-study material will be mailed to participants approximately 3 weeks prior to the course, depending on date of registration. The required text must be purchased independently and is available through the Elsevier website,, or many of the online book sellers.



Date: 4/28/2018

Registration Ends: 4/9/2018

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Credits: 12 hours - Lecture/Hands on

Location: Marquette University School of Dentistry

Cost: $395 (plus the cost of required textbook)




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