After dental school, Dr. Caputo decided that before he did his residency in orthodontics, he wanted to pursue something with more of a medical emphasis. His decision took him to the University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA, where he did hospital dentistry.
During that time he had tremendous experiences, especially working with patients who were compromised physically, mentally or some combination of both. He says, “I found tremendous satisfaction treating these more compromised patients and seeing the success we had in treating their dental issues by putting them under anesthesia. That was my first exposure to providing anesthesia for patients getting dental treatment. That experience changed the direction of my career. I wanted to become a dentist anesthesiologist and provide patients with pain free dentistry.”
“To complete my training, from 1995-1997, I had the honor and privilege of participating in the oldest anesthesia training program on the planet. The program provides training, not only for dentists, but also for physicians. Dr. Leonard Monheim, a man many consider the father of anesthesia, founded the program in 1949 at the University of Pittsburgh.”