Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certification

The Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate is an optional certificate for dental assistants.  

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the Texas Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate the applicant must:

  1. Complete a Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate Application form.
  2. Copy of your National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Self-Query Report.  All applicants are required to complete a self-query to the NPDB.  The report results must remain in the original sealed envelope and be attached to your Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Application to the TSBDE.  NPDB self-query reports are valid for 30 days. NPDB charges a minimal fee to furnish this information. You can contact the NPDB at Post Office Box 10832, Chantilly, VA 22021, telephone number (800) 767-6732, or website http://www.npdb.hrsa.gov/pract/howToGetStarted.jsp.
  3. Copy of your American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) Clearinghouse Self-Query Report.  Applicants are required to complete a self-query to the AADB Clearinghouse.  The report results must remain in the original sealed envelope and be attached to your Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Application to the TSBDE.   AADB charges a minimal fee to furnish this information.  The AADB self-query form can be downloaded from the AADB website at http://dentalboards.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/AADBSelfQueryForm.pdf. The AADB self-query form should be mailed to:  American Association of Dental Boards, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 760, Chicago, IL 60611.  The AADB telephone number is (312) 440-7464.
    (Important Note:  If you are using one envelope to mail more than one optional certificate application to the TSBDE you only need to mail one copy of your NPDB and AADB Self-Query Reports with your applications.  Optional Certificates Issued by the TSBDE include:  Pit and Fissure Sealants, Coronal Polishing, Nitrous Oxide Monitoring, Registered Dental Assistant (X-Ray) Certificate).
  4. Application Fee. Active Duty Military, Veterans and Military Spouses are not required to pay an application fee.
  5. Successfully complete a current course in Basic Life Support. (Online courses that do not include a written assessment and demonstration of skills by the applicant using a practice manikin are not recognized by the TSBDE.)
  6. Complete a minimum of 8 hours of didactic education and testing in monitoring the administration of nitrous oxide taken through a CODA-accredited dental, dental hygiene or dental assisting program, approved by the TSBDE.

Application Process

Reminders:

  • Allow two weeks for processing.
  • There is no online application process for this certificate.
  • If you move after submitting your application, E-mail or call the TSBDE to update your address.
Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists who complete a Texas N2O Monitoring Course

Mail the following to the TSBDE:

  1. TSBDE Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Application.
  2. Application fee payable by check or money order.  Active Duty Military, Veterans and Military Spouses are not required to pay an application fee.
  3. Proof of successful completion of an Texas Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certification Course approved by the TSBDE. (If you completed the TSBDE N2O Exam prior to February 2007 you should send a copy of your exam results).
  4. Copy of current Basic Life Support CPR Card.
  5. Military Active Duty, Veterans or Military Active Duty Spouses must provide a copy of their Military Orders or Military I.D. Card.
Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists who complete a Non-Texas N2O Monitoring Course

Mail the following to the TSBDE:

  1. TSBDE Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Application.
  2. Application fee payable by check or money order. Active Duty Military, Veterans and Military Spouses are not required to pay an application fee.
  3. Proof of completion of an CODA-accredited Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certification Course. (Fee Required)
  4. Copy of current Basic Life Support CPR Card.
  5. Copy of Texas Jurisprudence Assessment for Non-Texas Dental Assistants Seeking N2O Training. Visit: www.tsbde.texas.gov/Jurisprudence (Fee Required)
  6. Military Active Duty, Veterans or Military Active Duty Spouses must provide a copy of their Military Orders or Military I.D. Card.