Penn Dental Medicine

Continuing Education

Course Schedule » Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Analgesia Certification

Date/Time Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 6 pm-9 pm
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, 9 am-5 pm
Date & Time TBD for third session
Credits 14 total – 3 lecture credit hours; 4 lecture credit hours and 3 hands-on hours; 4 additional hands-on hours (The last four hands-on credit hours will be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time by the lecturer and the participant.)
Tuition $950 (dentists) Limited to 24, please register early
If applicable, one discount may be applied (for those paying full tuition):
  • Register by 9/16/18 and save $50 off full tuition
  • Penn Dental Medicine Alumni: 25% discount
  • Penn Dental Medicine Faculty: 25% discount
  • Active Duty Military: 25% discount
Location Penn Dental Medicine, 240 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA
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Registration Refund, Substitution and Cancellation Policy: Written refund requests will be honored if received by the deadline date; telephone cancellations will NOT be accepted. Penn Dental Medicine is not responsible for the refund of any part of the tuition as a result of emergencies, unforeseen circumstances, events beyond its control, or no-shows. Refund Deadline Dates: On or before September 21, 2018, refund less $50 cancellation fee; after September 30, 2018, no refund.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide didactic and clinical instruction in nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia in accordance with American Dental Association guidelines. Upon completion of this course, the participant will be eligible for an Anesthesia Restricted Permit II from the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry. Participants will have the opportunity to administer (to each other and patients) and undergo nitrous oxide sedation under close supervision. The course is geared toward general dentists and dental specialists.

Course Objectives:

  • Define and describe physiological and psychological aspects of anxiety.
  • Describe the stages of consciousness and the levels of sedation.
  • Review respiratory and circulatory physiology and related anatomy.
  • Discuss the pharmacology of nitrous oxide.
  • Discuss the advantages/disadvantages and indications/contraindications of nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia.
  • Perform patient evaluation, selection, and preparation for nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia.
  • Describe and discuss the function the basic components of nitrous oxide/oxygen delivery and scavenging systems.
  • Administer nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia to patients in a clinical setting in a safe and effective manner.
  • Monitor patient undergoing nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia and document the procedure.
  • Discuss the complications associated with nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia and the prevention, recognition, and management of medical emergencies.
  • Discuss potential occupational health hazards and abuse potential.

This course will enable participants to:

  • Achieve competency in the administration of nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia.
  • Be eligible for an Anesthesia Restricted Permit II from the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry.

*Participants are required to email a copy of their certificate of liability insurance to the Office of Continuing Dental Education at prior to the course.
*Presentation of BLS certification and PA dental license is required at the start of the course.
*Patient cannot be pregnant. If you have any medical conditions that may be worsened by receiving nitrous oxide, consult your physician before registering for this class.


Helen Giannakopoulos, DDS, MD: Dr. Giannakopoulos is Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery-Clinician Educator in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pharmacology at Penn Dental Medicine; and an Attending of the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Giannakopoulos is also the course director for Anesthesia, Pain, and Medical Emergencies at Penn Dental Medicine. She received her DDS degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and her MD degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann University, and completed postgraduate training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Penn Dental Medicine.
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests as it pertains to this presentation.
Lee R. Carrasco, DDS, MD: Dr. Carrasco is Associate Professor of Clinical Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology. He received his M.D. degree form the University of Miami and received his D.D.S degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has conducted research involving facial trauma and condylar position.
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests as it pertains to this presentation.


Pamela Rice
Office of Continuing Education
Penn Dental Medicine

The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030