Nitrous Oxide for the Dental Hygienist

November 3, 2017

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Course Description:

In response to the rule change permitting dental hygienists to receive an additional credential to administer 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 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. Students will have the opportunity to practice medical office emergencies using high fidelity simulators.

The course totals eight contact hours of classroom and clinical instruction. The clinical component will involve the administration of nitrous oxide in a lab setting and on partners as an introductory exercise. Nitrous oxide will be administered in the clinical environment under the direct supervision of skilled dentists and with the close guidance of experienced UNE faculty.

Who is Eligible?

Dental hygienists holding or seeking a Maine license to practice dental hygiene are eligible. Participants must hold and present a copy of current CPR certification prior to the beginning of the course.

Course Location:

All sessions are held at on the University of New England's Portland Campus at 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine.

Course Schedule:

November 3, 2017


The Dental Hygiene Program has been successfully teaching Pain Control 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 and dental hygiene.


The tuition for the course is $ 325 and includes clinical materials. Students are responsible for purchasing the current edition of the required textbook Handbook of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation, 3rd Edition by Morris Clark and Ann Brunick, which is available through the UNE bookstore. You may contact the bookstore at (207) 221-4255.

Cancelations & Refunds:

Early registration is strongly recommended. Due to the limited number of seats available in this course, there is a $25 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 thirty days prior to the program will receive a refund less a $25 processing fee and the $25 non-refundable deposit. There is no refund ten 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 must receive a minimum of 75% on both the exit examination and course grade in order to obtain the nitrous oxide endorsement

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:

Your registration must be accompanied by a $25 non-refundable deposit. 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


For further information or questions:

If we can be of assistance, please contact the UNE Office of Continuing Professional Education:

(207) 221-4521
(207) 221-4343