Administering Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen Sedation for the Dental Hygienist

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About The Presenter

Dr. J.S. Covington is a Professor of Biologic and Diagnostic Sciences in the College of Dentistry and also Professor and Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene in the College of Allied Health Sciences. He received a Bachelor of Science degree (in Chemistry) from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Science degree (in Organic Chemistry) from the University of Memphis, and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in London and a member of the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association and the International Association for Dental Research. He has lectured and published extensively in the United States and abroad.

  • Friday & Saturday, February 12-13th, 2010 and Friday & Saturday, November 12-13th, 2010
  • 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day. There will be a test given at the end of the course.
  • Location: UTHSC Memphis
  • ? Credit: 14 hours
  • Tuition: $350; lunch is provided on Friday. Tuition received within 10 days of course will be $375. (No registering at door.)
  • Course Presenter: J. Stansill Covington, DDS
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In order to attend this course for certification in Tennessee, the candidate must have a current Tennessee dental hygiene license free from all sanctions and/or stipulations. Additionally, the attendee must present proof of current CPR certification. At the conclusion of the didactic portion of the course, an examination will be given in which the attendee must achieve a score of at least 75% before being allowed to participate in the laboratory phase.

About This Course

This course includes a laboratory session in which the hygienist will have the opportunity to operate both primary types of nitrous oxide/oxygen flowmeters in a small group setting under the supervision of a dentist.

This course will address:

  • The anatomy and physiology of respiration and circulation
  • The physiological and psychological aspects of pain and anxiety
  • The pharmacological and physiological aspects of nitrous oxide-oxygen administration
  • The indication and contraindications of inhalation therapy
  • Types and variations of nitrous oxide-oxygen administration equipment
  • Proper administration, maintenance, and recovery of the patient
  • The potential for nitrous oxide abuse

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Tennessee designates this activity for for 14 hours continuing education credits.