Oral Sedation and Nitrous Oxide Sedation for the Dentist

28 FEBRUARY 2019
Oral sedation and nitrous oxide sedation for the dentist April 2019

Upcoming Course on April 27th & 28th, 2019. Save your seat now, registration closes March 15th!


This two-day course offers both didactic and clinical hands-on instruction in all aspects of nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation in general practice. It also covers oral sedation as a single agent and in combination with nitrous oxide/oxygen. Participants will learn about and have the opportunity to try, several types of systems. Participants will be required to read material (which will be distributed) in advance of the course.

Find your registration form here or call CDE at (902) 494-1674 to register.


Topics include:

  • Hands-on administration of nitrous oxide using various techniques and equipment
  • Clinical pharmacology, including nitrous oxide and oxygen, patient assessment, and risk management
  • Clinical pharmacology of oral sedative agents, including mechanism of action, drug interactions, contraindications and reversal agents
  • Indications and contraindications for the use of nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and combined nitrous oxide sedation and oral agents
  • Nitrous oxide equipment and various techniques for nitrous oxide sedation
  • Nitrous oxide contamination and scavenging
  • Monitoring – keeping patients safe, emergency kit, tips and tricks, drug interactions


  • 14 lecture hours
  • 6 hands-on hours

Course Instructors:

  • DR. SHANNON FITZPATRICK, BSc, DDS, Cert. Paed. FRCD(C), ABPD Diplomate

Dr. Curtis Gregoire is an assistant professor at Dalhousie University, where he is actively involved in both undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery training at Dalhousie University in 2008 and a fellowship in head and neck oncology and pathology at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, OR in 2009. He is currently the program director for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Chris Lee completed an MSc in pharmacology at the University of Ottawa before attending dental school at Dalhousie University. He completed a general practice residency program at Vancouver General Hospital and he practised in Ottawa before returning to Nova Scotia to design and implement a GPR program at the Faculty of Dentistry and run the emergency dental clinic. He is a consultant to the National Dental Examining Board of Canada.

Dr. Shannon Fitzpatrick completed her dental degree at Dalhousie University in 2000, practised in Ottawa for three years as a general dentist, and then moved to Prince Edward Island to work in Health PEI’s Dental Public Health Children’s program. She completed a two-year residency in paediatric dentistry at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health in Rochester, NY, in June 2017. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Since 2017, she has been employed as one of five staff paediatric dentists in the Dental Department at the IWK Health Centre and she also teaches in the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University.


Dalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry
5981 University Avenue, Halifax, NS


Saturday, April 27th – 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 28th – 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Additional Details:

Participants must take the medical emergencies course as a prerequisite to this course and hold a current Heart and Stroke BLS certification for health care professionals. This course fulfils the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia guidelines for the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen conscious sedation, oral sedation and combined oral and nitrous sedation/oxygen.

Cancellation policy: There are no refunds for cancellation after April 5, 2019.

For Dalhousie’s Continuing Dental Education page, here.