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Anesthesiology For Dentistry:

Retired From Clinical Practice


Dr. Davies was a Dentist Anesthesiologist who pioneered dental outpatient intravenous sedation and general anesthesia services in Orange County and maintaining a perfect 4o year safety record.   He was one of only a handful of dentists in California who have completed a medical residency in Anesthesiology and limited their practice to Anesthesiology for Dentistry.  He was interviewed on the ABC News Program 20/20 for his expertise. Although he is now retired from clinical practice, he is happy to suggest other anesthesiologists that he trusts.  If a patient doesn't have a dentist, or isn't completely satisfied with their current dentist, you can be refered to one of the excellent, ethical dentist they work with.

Patients and surgeons consider these techniques preferable to simple “sedation dentistry" or "sleep dentistry" where a patient is only given a pill (or several) and by law achieves only "a minimally depressed level of consciousness." Despite claims, you don't sleep during (safely done) "pill sedation", but you may feel less anxious. The safest anesthesia is considered that which can be titrated.  You cannot titrate accurately with pills. You can compare the minimal sedation/relaxation of pills alone to pills with intravenous sedation and general anesthesia here.

Dentalphobics, gaggers, claustrophobics, those with low pain thresholds, a history of failed local anesthesia, a fear of needles, the medically compromised and patients with long or complicated appointments all benefit from intravenous anesthesia provided by a separate provider not involved in the dental surgery.

There are many ways to have anesthesia in the dental office so why not select the best and the safest. Unlike some offices that "supervise" an untested "dental sedation assistant" who has as little as three weeks of training to monitor your vital signs (while the dentist concentrates on your surgery) a dentist anesthesiologist will personally attend to your safety at all times.  You have a right to safe anesthesia by an experienced provider.