FAQS - CA Anesthesia: Sedation and Dental Anesthesia for Southern California


  • 1.Question & Answers
  • How does a dentist anesthesiologist differ from a dentist who offers sedation?


    Dentist anesthesiologists have completed an additional two to three years of residency after graduating from dental school. During this time they study only anesthesia, which provides for unparalleled knowledge and training.

    A dentist that provides only sedation completes a short continuing education course and is limited to administering one type of anesthesia: conscious sedation. A dentist anesthesiologist can administer all levels of anesthesia – sedation through general anesthesia – to not only just healthy adults, but also pediatric and medically compromised patients.

    In the field of dentistry, dentist anesthesiologists are the experts on anesthesia. Dentist anesthesiologists are often the instructors who teach other dentists their sedation courses. Dr. Elmasri is a dentist anesthesiologist.

  • What is a dental anesthesia residency like?

    A Dental Anesthesiology residency is a 2-3 year residency dedicated to the full time study of anesthesiology. Dental Anesthesia residents complete coursework and medical rotations in areas of medicine specific to anesthesia such as cardiology (reading and interpreting EKGs), internal medicine and pharmacology. In his internal medicine rotations, Dr. Elmasri treated patients for a wide variety of ailments, from hypertension to hepatitis. This training is necessary to understanding the complex medical histories of medically compromised patients. Additionally, Dr. Elmasri spent 10 months providing general anesthesia in the hospital operating room for everything from emergency trauma cases to knee and hip replacements. The remainder of his residency was spent providing general anesthesia for dental patients (mostly pediatric and special needs) in an outpatient dental clinic setting.

  • Is Dr. Elmasri trained to nasally intubate?

    Yes, Dr. Elmasri has extensive training and is proficient at nasal intubation as well as oral intubation and open airway techniques. Most dentists prefer the patient to be nasally intubated so that they have unrestricted access to perform the dentistry. Dentist Anesthesiologists are the specialists in nasal intubation.

  • Why use a dentist anesthesiologist instead of a physician anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist?

    Physician anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists are specifically trained to work in a hospital setting. Dr. Elmasri has trained in a hospital setting, but additionally was trained and is comfortable providing anesthesia in an outpatient dental office setting. Therefore he understands and is experienced with the unique requirements of this type of anesthesia, such as nasal intubation.

    Dr. Elmasri also has extensive experience with pediatric patients. He saw significantly more pediatric patients for general anesthesia than the average physician anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist did during their training.

    Additionally, because Dr. Elmasri was trained as a dentist and practiced dentistry for 2 years before his anesthesia residency, he is familiar with the head and neck area, the special requirements of the procedures being performed and the in and outs of how dental offices function.

  • I have not performed dentistry on an anesthetized patient before. Is this a problem?


    This is not a problem at all. We are here to answer all of your questions. Dr. Elmasri will walk you through each step of the process and make sure you are comfortable. Many dentists prefer treating their patients this way because it’s easy and productive.

  • How do we schedule you to come to our office?

    If you would like to utilize the services of CA Anesthesia in your office, please call us at (949) 288-3401 to discuss specifics. Most the necessary forms (health history, financial arrangements, pre- and post-operative instructions etc.) can be found under the forms section of this website. Additionally we have a packet for your office manager that will include specific instructions for how to schedule your patients for available times on our calendar.

  • What do you require to come to our office?

    Your office does not need any special equipment in order to have CA Anesthesia provide patients with anesthesia in your office. We bring all the necessary equipment and monitors with us. We may ask to visit the office to see how things are set up prior to the first appointment.