Adding Nitrous Oxide to Your Practice

This course is full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please call Continuing Education at 617-638-5656.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016

This is a hands-on course. Limited attendance.


Richard D’Innocenzo, DMD, MD
Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Pre-doctoral Education, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine; Vice Chairman, Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston Medical Center

Ruben Figueroa, DMD
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine


This two-day course is designed specifically to introduce the art of sedation to the dental practitioner and staff. A compre­hensive review of inhalation, oral, and parental sedation tech­niques, with emphasis on the use of nitrous oxide sedation, will be provided. Material presented in this course will lay the basic framework for enabling the participants to satisfy licensure requirements of the Massachusetts State Dental Board for use of nitrous oxide in the dental office.

Day one includes an introduction to pain and anxiety control in dentistry, review of pharmacological agents and techniques, and information on nitrous oxide sedation, including: patient evaluation, risk assessment, armamentarium and monitoring equipment, technique, abuse potential, occupational hazards, and complication management. Day two includes hands-on clinical training sessions in nitrous oxide sedation and observ­ing and assisting clinical cases with combination sedation.

The textbook and a short pre-test will be mailed to all par­ticipants prior to the course.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems as they relate to the above techniques
  • Describe the components and function of inhalation sedation equipment
  • List the indications, contraindications, advantages, and disadvantages of inhalation sedation
  • List the complications of inhalation sedation and discuss their prevention, recognition, and management
  • Administer inhalation sedation to patients in a clinical setting in a safe and effective manner

Recommended for: General dentists and specialists


“The two instructors were excellent. Dr. D’Innocenzo and Dr. Figueroa did an excellent job in teaching this course. They were clear and concise in their instructions and provided useful real world experience. It was a great course because of them!” – Participant, February 2016

“Great instructors, I enjoyed the course very much” – Participant, February 2015

“Excellent course. I appreciated receiving copies of the text book, it ensured we left with factual information” – Participant, September 2014

Additional Information: Breakfast, lunch and free parking will be provided on both days.

Date Thursday, August 25, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
Time 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price $1,695
CEUs 16