Nitrous Oxide for the Dentist, Dental Hygienist & Dental Assistant

Two-Day, Lecture/Hands-On Course


Scott Gruwell, DDS, MS and Keerthana Satheesh, BDS, DDS, MS

Date: October 11 and 12, 2019* *Date subject to change
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM both days
Deadline to Enroll: September 27, 2019
Location: UMKC School of Dentistry
Course Number: 1911
Tuition: $650 for Dentists, $550 for Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants
Credits: 16.0 ADA-Recognized Hours
Audience: Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants

Course Overview:
This course will provide dentists with an update in sedation dentistry, hygienists with the necessary training and experience to provide nitrous oxide and dental assistants with experience and training to monitor in the dental office. This course is extended in length to satisfy both the Kansas and Missouri Dental Boards training requirements.

Course Objectives:

  • Considerations, indications and contra-indications for nitrous oxide
  • How to obtain, record and monitor vital signs (pulse, respiration and blood pressure)
  • Appropriate steps in the effective administration of nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia

PLEASE NOTE: Participants must attend both days and either act as a peer patient or secure a patient able to receive nitrous oxide in order to complete and receive credit for the course

Registrants must submit the following documentation prior to the course:

  • Medical History
  • Liability Waiver
  • Consent form to participate as a peer patient or secure a patient able to receive nitrous oxide
  • Provide a physician’s written approval to participate in the course if pregnant

Dr. Scott Gruwell is the director of Advanced Education in Periodontics Program at the UMKC School of Dentistry. Dr. Gruwell earned his DDS degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio. In 2007, he received his Certificate of Training in Periodontics from the U.S. Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center while simultaneously earning his MS degree from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Gruwell has received the American Academy of Periodontology’s Educator Award and been named the Dental Educator of the Year by the U.S. Air Force Medical Service. He serves as a manuscript peer reviewer for six journals and currently holds a position on the American Academy of Periodontology’s In-service Examination Committee. Dr. Gruwell joined the UMKC faculty in 2016. Additionally, he has held numerous teaching appointments both in and out of the USAF, as well as experience as a full-time private practitioner. Dr. Gruwell remains active in several professional organizations and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

Dr. Keerthana Satheesh completed her DDS degree (2005) and obtained her periodontics certificate (2003) at the UMKC School of Dentistry. She earned an MS degree in dentistry from the University of Minnesota (2006). She has served as a full-time faculty member in the UMKC Department of Periodontics since 2003. At UMKC she has served as director of Advanced Periodontics (2014-2016) and is now the chair of the Department of Periodontics. She also works in private practice in Overland Park, Kan. She has didactic and clinical responsibilities in both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral courses. She is board certified by the American Board of Periodontology and holds a Missouri license in moderate parenteral sedation. Dr. Satheesh has received the AAP Educator award and an ITL fellowship in teaching and learning, and she recently graduated from the ADEA Leadership Institute. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Teacher award, the David Moore Teaching award, and the Elmer F Pierson Excellence in Teaching Award. She is an active member of several professional organizations and was inducted into the American College of Dentists in 2015.

For additional information or to register, call 816-235-2142.