Welcome to the Section of Dental Anesthesiology. The Section is charged with supporting the School of Dentistry in the area of acute pain management. In accord with this mission, it offers educational programs and clinical support at the predoctoral, postgraduate, and continuing education levels. A two-year residency program is available for dentists seeking advanced training in anesthesiology for dentistry. Research and clinical activities are focused on anxiety and pain control.
The Section is responsible for the basic predoctoral education in pharmacology and dental therapeutics. This course of study prepares the student to: (1) better understand the medical condition of patients by knowing the drugs they are taking; (2) modify dental care in response to medications patients are taking; and (3) use therapeutic agents in dentistry to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases and other conditions within the scope of dental practice. The second responsibility of the Section is to provide basic instruction in the management of anxiety and pain in dentistry. Local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen conscious sedation are taught to clinical competency. Finally, faculty of the Section are available throughout the year to assist students with patients who are difficult to anesthetize with standard techniques.
The Section administers a CODA-accredited postgraduate training programs in dental anesthesiology. For more information about our program and admissions process, please refer to the admissions pages.
Continuing Education Program
The Section of Dental Anesthesiology also provides instruction to licensed dentists through the School's Continuing Education program. For more information about our course offerings, click here.
Research interests in the Section of Dental Anesthesiology are concentrated in the the area of anxiety and pain control and have a strong clinical emphasis. Current and/or recent projects include the efficacy and safety of new local anesthetics and injection techniques and the safety of intramuscular-intravenous general anesthesia in pediatric dentistry.
Patient care is a primary function of the Section, in part because of its many teaching activities. The Section provides anxiety and pain control services to approximately 1,000 patients per year. More than half of these cases are treated within the realm of the dental anesthesia residency. The remainder include patients treated by faculty of the UCLA Dental Anesthesia Service or by supervised students in the predoctoral dental clinics in Westwood and Venice and in the Children's Dental Center and the Hospital Dentistry Clinic. The Section offers all methods of anesthesia care, up to and including hospital general anesthesia.