General Anesthesia

Dentist in Burlington

With general anesthesia, you will be unconscious and unable to respond during dental procedures. In this unconscious state, you will not feel any pain and there is a complete absence of any anxiety or fear, which is why many patients ask about using general anesthesia. The effects typically wear off after a few hours, but it is required that you arrange for a ride home.

Dr. Mary Makhlouf and her team have experience treating patients with the following conditions:

  • Huntington’s disease (Huntington’s chorea)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimers
  • Parkinson’s disease-progressed.
  • Head Injury
  • Moderate to severe autism
  • Strokes
  • Physical differences
  • Developmental differences
  • Poor mobility
  • Severe skeletal deformities that limit access to oral care
  • Kyphosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Bedridden, requiring ambulance transportation


Certain procedures you may need at Mary H. Makhlouf DMD, MS, PA, could require the need for an anesthesiologist. We thought you may want to be introduced to one of the preferred anesthesiologists we use. You can learn more about him and be even more comfortable if he welcomes you at your next appointment!

Dr. Dillon Atwood provides general anesthesia and sedation services for our Mary H. Makhlouf DMD, MS, PA Dentistry patients. He is one of only a few dentist anesthesiologists in North Carolina. Some of the procedures you may need sedation dentistry includes: bone grafting, multiple dental implant placement or wisdom tooth extraction. In addition if you have several procedures you would like completed at once, Dr. Atwood and Mary H. Makhlouf DMD, MS, PA can assist and address your needs. 

Dr. Atwood studied at Davidson College and attended the University of North Carolina School Of Dentistry before completing his postgraduate training in Anesthesiology at Lutheran Medical Center in New York City. During that time he also practiced pediatric anesthesia in Arizona and special care anesthesia at Helen Hayes Hospital in New York. He is a member of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and lectures regularly on multiple aspects of anesthesia practice.

Dr. Atwood and all of us at Mary H. Makhlouf DMD, MS, PA want to ensure your next sedation dental visit is both relaxing and peaceful. We are here for you!