Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation Course
  • Friday, September 29, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday, September 30, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Course Directors

MORTON B. ROSENBERG, D.M.D. Professor (Emeritus) Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine;  Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

C.S. MALLER, D.M.D. Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Fellow, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology; Diplomate, American Dental Board of Anesthesiology

PATRICK D. MCCARTY, D.D.S. Anesthesiologist at McCarty Anesthesiology, LLC; Staff Anesthesiologist at the Franciscan Hospital for Children; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine

LILY HU, D.M.D. Clinical Instructor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

WILLIAM A. MACDONNELL, D.D.S. Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine; Private Practice in Dental Anesthesia, West Hartford, CT

Course Details

This course conforms to the American Dental Association (ADA) Guidelines for Teaching the Comprehensive Control of Anxiety and Pain in Dentistry. It therefore fulfills the educational requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry. Upon successful completion of a post-test, participants will receive documentation of course completion.


Prerequisite: Participants must be certified in CPR prior to registration.


Topics will include:

• Historical, philosophical, physiological, and psychological aspects of anxiety and pain control

• Patient evaluation, selection, monitoring, and records.

• The stages of drug-induced C.N.S. depression through all levels of consciousness and unconsciousness

• Review of pediatric and adult respiratory and circulatory physiology and related anatomy

• Pharmacology of agents used in inhalation sedation

• Indications and contraindications for use of inhalation sedation

• Review of dental procedures possible under inhalation sedation

• Prevention, recognition, and management of complications and life-threatening situations

• Administration of local anesthesia in conjunction with inhalation sedation techniques

• Introduction to potential health hazards of trace anesthetics

• Discussion of abuse potential and hallucinatory effects


This course fills quickly! Class size is limited to 16, so early registration is recommended.

Learning Objectives

• Describe the basic components of inhalation sedation equipment and their functions

• List and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of inhalation sedation

• List and discuss the indications and contraindications of inhalation sedation

• List the complications associated with inhalation sedation and discuss the prevention, recognition, and management of these complications

• Administer inhalation sedation to patients in a clinical setting in a safe and effective manner

• Discuss the abuse potential, occupational hazards, and other untoward effects of inhalation agents


CE Credits

Participation: Credit Hours - 16

AGD Code: 130, 340

Course Fee




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About Us


Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. Approval Date 11/15-12/19.


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