Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be asleep?

Dr. Atlas uses a well-recognized anesthetic technique known as “sedation analgesia” or “conscious sedation.” This technique allows patients to be extremely comfortable and sedated. Patients, who have previously been unable to tolerate any dentistry, have been delighted with “waking up” and knowing that their procedure has been completed.

Will I feel pain? Do I still get local anesthesia or “novocaine?”

Patients still receive local anesthesia or “novocaine.” However, Dr. Atlas usually administers additional anesthesia just before these medications are injected. The use of local anesthesia is necessary to further minimize pain both during and after the procedure.

Will I remember anything?

Patients report little, if any, recall of their dental procedure.

What about coexisting conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure?

Dr. Atlas will discuss your medical history with you at least one week before your dental procedure. Dr. Atlas will also discuss your specific medical needs with both your dentist and your other physicians, if necessary.

Is Dr. Atlas a dentist?

No. Dr. Atlas is a board-certified anesthesiologist and is also board-certified in pain management. Both Dr. Atlas and your dentist will be at your side during your procedure.

How are these anesthetic medications administered?

Just before the start of your procedure, Dr. Atlas places a small intravenous (IV) catheter in a vein-usually in the back of your hand. Immediately after this is placed, anesthetic medications are then administered.

What are the side effects?

Patients have had few, if any, side effects of this anesthetic technique. Dr. Atlas uses extremely short-acting medications which quickly “wear off.” Nausea and excessive sleepiness are virtually nonexistent.

What are my postoperative instructions? Can I drive home?

Patients must have a responsible adult drive them home. Patients are instructed not to drive or operate heavy equipment for 24 hours after the procedure. Patients are also given a complete list of post-procedure instructions.

What about payment and financing?

Dr. Atlas’ anesthesia fee is based upon an hourly rate. Payment for his services is due upon completion of your dental procedure. Payment can be in cash, certified check, or credit card. You will receive a bill which can then be submitted to your dental or medical insurance company. Dr. Atlas will be happy to send any additional information that your insurance company requires to help you secure reimbursement.

Dr. Atlas has also arranged for low interest, as well as interest-free patient financing, with Capital One.