Administration of Local Anesthesia & Nitrous Oxide for the Dental Hygenist

Portland Campus

Dates TBD

Course Description:

In response to the rule change permitting dental hygienists to receive an additional credential to  administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, the University of New England has prepared an exciting,  clinically- oriented course for dental hygiene professionals.

In this comprehensive course, the participant will learn the basic concepts of local anesthesia and nitrous  oxide administration and then practice the actual techniques for safe, effective administration.  Participants will also gain experience in medical history review, vital sign collection, record keeping and  patient management.

The course totals sixty-eight contact hours of classroom and clinical instruction. The clinical component  will involve the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide in a lab setting and on partners as an  introductory exercise. The required 50 injections will be administered in the clinical environment under  the direct supervision of skilled dentists and with the close guidance of experienced UNE faculty.  Participants are expected to work as partners or provide appropriate patients of their own for the clinical  sessions.

Who is Eligible?

Dental hygienists holding or seeking a Maine license to practice dental hygiene. Participants must hold and present a copy of current CPR certification prior to the beginning of the course. Participants must also take the required UNE HIPAA training.

Course Location:

All sessions are held at the Westbrook College Campus of the University of New England located at 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine.

Course Schedule:

The course will be offered over four consecutive weekends. Lectures are Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Clinics are Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The course totals 68 hours.


The Dental Hygiene Program has been successfully teaching Pain Control and Local Anesthesia for a number of years to our undergraduate dental hygiene students and to professionals seeking to continue learning. This course will follow that tradition and will be taught by qualified faculty members with extensive experience in dentistry, dental hygiene and anesthesia administration.


The tuition for the course is $2,040.00, and includes clinical materials. Students are responsible for purchasing the current edition of the required textbooks, "Handbook of Local Anesthesia", 6th Edition, by Stanley Malamed (Mosby) and "Handbook of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation", 3rd Edition, by Morris Clark and Ann Brunick, which are available through the UNE bookstore. (Telephone: (207) 221-4255)

Cancelations & Refunds:

Early registration is strongly recommended. Due to the limited number of seats available in this course, there is a $250.00 non-refundable deposit. In the unlikely event of low enrollment, the course may be subject to cancelation. In case of cancelation by UNE, registrants will be notified by phone or by letter and a full tuition refund will be given. Participants who withdraw fewer than 30 days prior to the program will receive a refund less a $250.00 processing fee and less the $250.00 non-refundable deposit. There is no refund given 10 or fewer days prior to the start of the course.


This course meets the requirements set forth by the Maine Board of Dental Examiners. Once the course is completed, candidates for the local anesthesia endorsement to the dental hygiene license must pass a written Board-administered test. Candidates must receive a minimum of 75% on both the exit examination and course grade in order to obtain the nitrous oxide endorsement. UNE cannot be held responsible for unsuccessful completion of the Board exam. For further information about the examination process or standards, please contact the Maine Board of Dental Examiners. (Tel: (207) 287-3333).

Special Assistance for People with Disabilities or Handicaps:

If you require special services to fully participate in this program, please note so on your registration form or promptly call to let us know your specific needs. 

Registration Information:

The deadline for early registration is August 22, 2014 and registration form must be accompanied by a  $250 non-refundable deposit. Full payment must be received no later than September 19, 2014 to hold  your place. Please mail your check or money order (made payable to UNE Office of Continuing  Professional Education) to:

University of New England
Attn: Office of Continuing Professional Education
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

Your registration will be confirmed via letter. Again, early registration is strongly recommended since the  class size is limited. If all spaces are filled when your application and deposit are received we will contact  you to ask if you would like your name placed on a waiting list in the event of any cancellations.

For further information or questions, please contact the UNE Office of Continuing Professional Education:

Telephone: (207) 221-4343  |  Email: