Course Description:

This course takes place half online and half in-person in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. If you are looking for the Light Sedation course offered via Interactive (((LIVE))) Streaming, click here.

Gain advanced techniques of nitrous oxide administration while expanding your knowledge of safely prescribing, dispensing, and dosing sedatives. This comprehensive program for Light Sedation: N2O & Oral Sedatives combines online learning with in-person training on March 16, 2024. (Dental assistant or hygienist? Scroll down to read more.)

Learn the fundamentals of providing safe and comfortable dental care using a combination of nitrous oxide and light oral sedation protocols. Nitrous oxide is among the oldest and safest anesthetics in dentistry, offering straightforward treatment for anxious patients of various ages and medical conditions. By partnering this approach with one of five different oral sedation medications, you’ll be able to offer a simple and effective analgesic and anxiolytic solution that will provide pain relief and ease your patients’ anxiety at the same time.

Course Breakdown: This Light Sedation program combines at-home study (8 CE hours) using engaging online video modules and in-person study that will take place in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on March 16, 2024. You will earn a total of 16 credit hours. 

Topics Covered:

  • Science of nitrous oxide and other inhalation anesthetics
  • Effects on body systems, including respiratory
  • Cover guidelines for patient monitoring and special equipment
  • Techniques of N2O administration, both fundamental and advanced
  • Mitigating biohazards for patients and staff
  • Learn to minimize nitrous exposure in your office
  • Regulatory issues
  • Science of oral sedatives, alone and partnered with nitrous oxide
  • Clinically combining enteral sedation and inhaled anesthetics


  • Expand your toolbox: Understand how to combine nitrous oxide with one of five different oral sedatives to treat a wider range of adult patients.

  • Train with sedation dentistry and anesthesia experts: Receive valuable instruction on N2O and oral sedation from Anthony Feck, DMD, and Steve Yun, MD, Anesthesiologist. 

  • Prepare your staff: In most dental offices, team members play an essential role by readying the equipment—including masks and tubing—prior to the dentist's administration of nitrous oxide and sedation. It’s imperative that they be knowledgeable about the process to better serve the patient and the dentist. DOCS Education considers the sedation dental team a vital part of good patient care and urges every dentist to include at least one staff member in the course. Bringing team members with you allows us to train them in N2O and light oral sedation so you won’t have to when you return to your practice.

Dental Hygienists and Assistants

This program also complies with the Florida Board of Dentistry Rule 64B5-14.003 which states that a dentist may use or employ and authorize a dental hygienist (Rule 64B5-16.006) to initiate and dental assistant to monitor nitrous oxide under indirect supervision upon completion of a two-day course of training as described in the ADA guidelines. 


Waterfront views near Fort Lauderdale Beach! Join us at the beautiful Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway and less than 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale sand via their beach shuttle. The water taxi offers trips to Las Olas Boulevard's shopping and dining. On site they have a palm-lined pool area and all-day dining at their outdoor tropical restaurant, Olive & Sea.

Rooms can be reserved at our special DOCS group rate at $319/night. Additional concessions include free wifi in rooms ($9.95) and waived resort fee ($30). Estimated savings when booking using DOCS' link is a minimum of $90 after taxes and gratuity per night. Click here or call 954-463-4000 and mention DOCS Education. The cut-off date is February 14, 2024.


Why Should I Bring My Team?

Bringing your team to a DOCS event is an investment in the healthy longevity of your sedation practice. When your team is fully engaged and on board with implementing oral sedation in your practice, success is virtually guaranteed.

What are the Team Benefits?

IMPLEMENTATION BECOMES A BREEZE. Team members learn firsthand everything necessary to implement oral sedation dentistry, resulting in a seamless rollout of services once they return to the office.

CREATES AN EVEN HIGHER QUALITY OF CARE FOR YOUR PATIENTS. Learning the sedation process from beginning to end empowers your team to be fully invested and confidently answer patient questions.

ENGENDERS TEAM OWNERSHIP AND PRIDE. Giving your team the tools they need to accomplish the tasks assigned to them creates a powerful sense of ownership.

STRENGTHENS COMPANY CULTURE AND FOSTERS TEAM BUILDING. Attending a seminar as a team nurtures collaborative team building, inspires shared excitement, and fortifies company culture.


  • Follow the ADA-recommended guidelines for minimal sedation.
  • Practice hands-on techniques of 2 administration, both fundamental and advanced.
  • Cover guidelines for patient monitoring and special equipment.
  • Understand the proven and safe light sedation protocols.
  • Understand airway management, including signs of an impending emergency.
  • Review prescribing, dispensing, and dosing oral sedatives, and regulatory issues.
  • Learn to combine enteral/inhalation sedation.
  • Learn a dental response to COVID

Scientific support and additional resources are available here.

Technical Requirements: A desktop or laptop computer with audio and video capabilities linked to a high-speed Internet connection to view the presentations and in some cases, Adobe Reader to view handouts and articles. 

(Hours - AGD Code - Definition)

16 - 340 Anesthesia & Pain Management

TOTAL: 16 hours (lecture)  

Part 1
Dental assistants and hygienists will complete 8 hours of online didactic training through DOCS Education, on their own schedule, at their home or office and must pass the final quiz with a 70% or greater or the self-study portion. The remaining 8 hours can be completed in-person that will take place in Fort Lauderdale, FL on March 16, 2024, before moving on to clinical training.

Part 2:
Once students have completed the didactic requirements, they must administer (hygienists only) and monitor nitrous oxide to five (5) patients in a clinical setting under observation by a Florida-licensed dentist.

The Florida dentist you choose (generally the employer dentist) will document competency and completion on a form provided by DOCS, and the signed affidavit will be proof of completion.

Part 3:
The dental assistant or hygienist should retain a copy of certificate of completion and the signed affidavit in order to legally initiate (hygienists) and monitor N2O and oxygen under indirect dentist supervision.

Nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation may be a covered benefit when reported with oral surgery procedures. The relevant ADA, CDT-4 code is D9230 Analgesia, Anxiolysis, Inhalation of Nitrous Oxide. The word anxiolysis is defined as "reduction of anxiety using a pharmacologic agent such as benzodiazipine or nitrous oxide." The code refers to anxiety-controlling drugs. Visit to learn more about definitions and state requirements and/or regulations.

While the phrases "laughing gas" and "anxiety-free dentistry" are appropriate, it's not acceptable to use "sedation" or "sleep" dentistry in your marketing or advertising for nitrous. To learn how best to promote your practice to phobic or fearful patients we invite you to join DOCS Education, whose 3,000 members are dedicated to serving this large population and frequently share information and resources.

Live Courses: If a course cancellation is received 2 weeks prior to the beginning session, you may receive a refund minus $500. $400 of that amount may be applied to a future course within 1 year. If you cancel less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the course, no refund will be issued. You may also choose to transfer to a future event within one year. Please contact your course advisor for more information.

Interactive Live Streaming Course: If a course cancellation is received 2 weeks prior to the beginning session, you will receive a refund minus $500. $400 of that amount may be applied to a future course within 1 year. If you cancel less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the course, no refund will be issued. You may choose to transfer to a future event within one year for a fee of $100. Please contact your course advisor for more information.

For more information on your state’s regulations about sedation dentistry go to and choose the state in which you practice. 

If you still have questions, please contact a course advisor at 855-227-6505.

DOCS Members can receive a summary statement of their regulations by logging in and clicking here

Tony's work - life balance, practice management, patient - doctor relations, and scripting/communication were the most valuable aspects of the course.
John Mady
Excellent presentation! Answered all questions patiently and fully. Excellent binder and notes - better than other courses. Just a pleasure to be able to attend this course.
Jana Dykes
Specific instructions/steps on giving nitrous and oral sedation. Easy to follow and comprehensive.
Kristine Lunger


Dr. Anthony Feck
Dr. Anthony Feck
Steve Yun, MD
Steve Yun, MD



Ft. Lauderdale Skyline
March 15-16, 2024

How can I meet my state’s requirements?

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DOCS Education is an exclusive community of professionals serving at the forefront of dentistry. We offer world-class courses on safe sedation and advanced dentistry, relying on instructors who are consistently ranked among the very best in the nation. We also are a supportive network of members who guide one another to be better, more confident, more successful dentists.