General Anesthesia Services

Providing Hospital-Grade Anesthesia Services for Our Patients

One-on-one general anesthesia care can be performed in our office to the standard of care identical to that of a hospital setting. That means our patients can have their treatment completely asleep and painless at a cost that is significantly less than in a hospital.

  • Patients have a fear-free alternative for their treatment.
  • Patients with a high gag reflex can be treated without difficulty.
  • Fearful patients can be completely asleep.
  • Patients who are difficult to numb can be treated painlessly.
  • Surgeries such as dental implants and bone grafts can be accomplished stress-free.
  • Special needs, autistic and ADHD patients can be treated more easily.

Dr. Charles Cangemi, DDS, MS, PLLC, and Dr. Bess Collins, MD, bring over 50 years of combined experience in providing state-of-the-art hospital level airway protected anesthesia care to our patients.

Charles F. Cangemi, Jr., DDS, MS, PLLC

Charles F. Cangemi, Jr., DDS, MS, PLLC

Dr. Cangemi received his DDS and completed his residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received his MS in Anesthesiology and completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Ohio State University. He is a Diplomate on the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He is an anesthesia lecturer and has published articles in dental and anesthesiology journals as well as in anesthesia textbooks. Dr. Cangemi is licensed in the state of North Carolina.

Bess Collins, MD

Bess Collins, MD

Dr. Collins received her MD from the University of South Carolina and completed her residency in anesthesiology at the University of Louisville. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a Member of the North Carolina Board of Anesthesiology. She is also a Member of the Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia and certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advance life support. Dr. Collins is licensed in both North and South Carolina.


How long does general anesthesia last?

General anesthesia can affect your memory, focus, and reflexes. Its effect may last for 24-to-48 hours. Hence, it’s best to have a responsible adult with you to take you back home after your surgery.

Is general anesthesia safe?

General anesthesia is considered extremely safe for most people. Even people with significant health issues can undergo general anesthesia without experiencing any serious side effects.

How is general anesthesia administered?

General anesthesia can be administered either through an IV injection or by inhaling an anesthetic gas. If you have any underlying health condition, such as high blood pressure, or if you’re pregnant, do inform your dentist about it in advance.

What drugs are used for general anesthesia?

General anesthetics induce a state of sedation and/or unconsciousness. To create this effect, it may contain drugs such as propofol, isoflurane, barbiturates, etomidate, and benzodiazepines.

Can you drink after general anesthesia?

Before your procedure, your anesthetist will give you clear instructions to follow, including when and what you can eat or drink afterward. You’ll also be advised to avoid drinking alcohol and hot beverages for 24-to-48 hours after your procedure.