2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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DHYG 406 Pain Management II: Nitrous Oxide Sedation (1 credit)

Prerequisite Current enrollment in Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program.

Course Description
This course provides a comprehensive study of the proper diagnosis and use of nitrous oxide sedation for the dental office.

Student Outcomes
1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems as they pertain to the effects of drugs used for conscious sedation.
2. Identify the basic components of the inhalation sedation equipment and explain the function of each.
3. List the causes of medical and industrial safety hazards associated with nitrous-oxide use in dentistry.
4. Describe the prevention and management of waste gas.
5. Explain all existing state laws, OSHA, and WISHA regulations relating to the use of nitrous-oxide and other anesthetic drugs used by dental personnel.
6. List the significant medical pre-evaluation considerations for a patient receiving nitrous-oxide sedation including all contraindications and alterations to care.
7. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of inhalation sedation with nitrous-oxide oxygen.
8. Explain the complications associated with nitrous-oxide oxygen sedation and describe the prevention, recognition, and management of these complications.
9. Administer nitrous-oxide oxygen sedation to patients in a clinical setting in a safe, effective manner.

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