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The legislation that established dental hygiene certification to administer and monitor local infiltration anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia also established requirements for nitrous oxide equipment. According to Section 6613 of Education Law, effective May 7, 2003, any machine used in a dental office for the administration of nitrous oxide to a patient must be equipped with a scavenging system that appropriately minimizes leakage of nitrous oxide.

For additional information, you may contact the State Board for Dentistry by calling 518-474-3817 ext. 550 or by e-mailing