Continuing Dental Education

CE1651 Mastering Adult Minimal Sedation: Inhalation and Oral Sedation in Dentistry

Scott C. Dickinson, DMD Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PHARMD, FASHP, FACHE Jason H. Goodchild, DMD

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Course Description

This two part hands-on course offers instruction in all aspects of nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation, including effective methods in dealing with anxiety control in general practice. Participants will learn various techniques and will have the opportunity to try several types of systems.

This two part course is designed to meet the criteria, standards and guidelines of the American Dental Association, the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia, the Alberta Dental Association and College, Royal College (Ontario), and the Association of the Canadian Faculties of Dentistry, for the teaching and administration of nitrous-oxide and oral sedation. Part 1 (Friday) focuses on adult minimal oral sedation and Part 2 (Saturday and Sunday) is designed to focus on nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation.

Part 1 — Friday, February 3, 2017

  • Pharmacology of Oral Sedatives and their Utilization with Nitrous Oxide
  • Minimal Oral Sedation Protocols and Patient Management
  • Beyond Sedation: Appropriate Analgesic Prescribing
  • Beyond Sedation: How Sedation can improve your Local Anesthesia success
  • Beyond Sedation: Pain mechanisms and Appropriate Analgesic Prescribing
  • Beyond Sedation: Local Anesthesia Update
  • Keeping Patients Safe: Flumazenil & Naloxone
  • Minimal Sedation Regulations and Other Regulatory Considerations

Part 2 —Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5, 2017

  • Clinically-Useful Pharmacology
  • Patient Assessment and Risk Management
  • Applied Physiology & Anatomy of Respiration
  • Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Pharmacology
  • Indications and contraindications for the use of Nitrous Oxide
  • Nitrous Oxide Equipment: Plumbed and Portable
  • Incremental and Rapid Induction Administration Techniques
  • Nitrous Oxide Contamination and Scavenging, When Fail-Safe Isn’t Safe
  • Keeping Patients Safe: Monitoring
  • Keeping Patients Safe: The Dental Emergency Kit
  • Tips and Tricks for Additional Pain and Anxiety Control
  • Avoiding Drug Interactions


Scott C. Dickinson received his undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University and his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. After graduation he completed an AEGD while serving in the U.S. Army. During this time Dr. Dickinson received training on and regularly used nitrous oxide and oxygen, oral, and intravenous sedation techniques. During his service in the Army he performed the duties of both a flight surgeon and a general practicing dentist. After leaving the Military he entered private practice where he served as the Vice President of Clinical Support for Aspen Dental Management. In this role he was responsible for the training, new dentist orientation, and continuing education needs of both the company and the over 700 doctors it associates with. He now maintains an active general dental practice in Pensacola Florida where he regularly uses sedation techniques to more comfortably treat his patients.

Mark Donaldson received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia, and his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He has further completed a residency at Canada’s largest tertiary care facility, Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current Director of Clinical Pharmacy Performance Services for VHA, living in Whitefish, Montana. Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. He has spent the last seventeen years focusing on dental pharmacology and the art of dental therapeutics, and has become a leader in this field of study. Dr. Donaldson has a number of published works in the peer-reviewed literature and spent three years in Japan focusing on cross-cultural communication and internationalization. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Dental Association. He is board certified in healthcare management and is the past-President of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter. Dr. Donaldson was named as the 2014 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia for the state of Montana and is the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award. This award is conferred upon an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry and/or enhanced the principles and ideals of the Academy of General Dentistry.

Jason Goodchild is a graduate of Dickson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He received his dental training at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, where he maintains a faculty position as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine. Dr. Goodchild is also Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral Diagnosis, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, New Jersey Dental School, and has a practice in Havertown, Pennsylvania. He has published numerous articles and spoken to many State Dental Boards on the topic of enteral sedation dentistry. Dr. Goodchild has been an invited speaker for the Academy of General Dentistry and American Association for Dental Examiners. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association, General Dentistry, and Quintessence International, and has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health.


  • Drs. Dickinson, Donaldson and Goodchild have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday, February 3 – 5, 2017 (attend any day, or combination thereof)

University of Washington
Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS Hall
Seattle, Washington 98195

Saturday and Sunday:
University of Washington
Health Sciences Center
Turner Auditorium, Room D-209 and D-2 Clinic

Seattle, Washington 98195

This course is applicable for all dental professionals interested in providing minimal sedation in their office.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until the Wednesday before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Early Bird until December 23, 2016
$359.10/Dentist per day
$224.10/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant, Office Staff per day
$323.10/Current Dental Alumni Member per day

Until February 1, 2017 (after, $25 more)
$399/Dentist per day
$249/Staff per day
$359/Current Dental Alumni Member per day

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.
** This course is eligible for an “Early Bird Discount” if you register six weeks or more before the course.

7 hours per day

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University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits per day.