The Department of Dental Anesthesiology Provides education and clinical services in the use of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic dental anesthesia techniques.
The department directs and coordinates a three-year, CODA accredited, dental anesthesiology residency program. The goal of this program is to prepare dentists to manage pain and anxiety in adult, pediatric and special needs patients by using pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic techniques.
The faculty in the department provide an array of anesthesia services for general clinic patients and in the Center for Patients with Special Needs. A full range of anesthetic services is available at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, such as nitrous oxide, oral sedation, intravenous (IV) sedation and/or general anesthesia. Conscious-sedation is the name of one of the methods used to manage pain and anxiety in order to make sure your dental visit is pleasant. In addition to anesthesia services, the department is trained to act as first-responders for any medical emergencies that occur at the school.