Dr. Knapp received his B.S. in Biology from Muhlenberg College in 1989.
In 1994 he graduated from the S.U.N.Y. Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
with a D.D.S. degree and a minor in Oral Medicine and Pathology. Following
graduation, he completed a prestigious C-MEDD fellowship in Special
Patient Care Dentistry. He then completed a fellowship in Anesthesiology
at UMDNJ-Robert-Wood-Johnson Medical Center. He was a resident in the
department of Anesthesiology and completed thousands of hours of training
as an anesthesiologist. Dr. Knapp has been in private practice in Woodcliff Lake
since 1998, and lectures in both NY and NJ. He is licensed in both states,
and is an attending dentist in the department of Dentistry and Oral Surgery
at Helen Hayes Hospital where he teaches postgraduate dental residents.
He continues to take continuuing education courses to expand his skills
in the latest techniques.
He maintains membership in the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.
Less than 1% of dentists in the country are qualifed to administer I.V. anesthesia
in their offices. Although many dentists currently advertise oral sedation in
their practice, it is important for a patient to ascertain the qualifications of
their dentist. Unfortunately, the dentist may have only taken a 2-day weekend
course in sedation and have received extremely limited training in Anesthesia.
Currently, there are no requirements by the state of New Jersey to regulate
what education a dentist has to complete in order to use oral sedation.
Oral sedation is not nearly as safe as I.V. sedation and can have very unpredictable
results. Feel free to ask the doctor if you have any questions concerning
dental anesthesia. His goal is to deliver the safest, most comfortable dental
Working with a highly specialized staff including a certified registered nurse,
Dr. Knapp has his own mini operating room with the same monitors used in hospitals
to keep patients safe. While he is completing the dental work on the patient, the
doctor is administering the necessary anesthetics, and keeping a close watch on
the patient's vital signs, including EKG, blood pressure, and oxygen levels.
Dr. Knapp reports that "most patients that have neglected their dental health
out of fear require quite a bit of corrective work. The average appointment
length for these procedures is two hours. But with the new drugs available for
sedation, patients have no recall of their entire visit".