There are many different types of anesthesia, divided into three basic categories:

Which one is most suitable for your procedure depends on a variety of factors such as the type of surgery you are having and your state of health.

Local Anesthesia
Some procedures such as simple fillings and easy dental extractions do not require any form of anesthesia other than local freezing.

More complicated procedures can be performed using sedation. Here the patient is given medication to help them relax and relieve anxiety. This can be administered by mouth, inhalation, or intravenously.

General Anesthesia
Under certain circumstances, such as difficult extractions, prolonged surgery or anxiety or fear on the patient's part, a general anesthetic is the only option. During a general anesthetic, the dentist or oral surgeon performs the dental work and the Anesthesiologist's role is to ensure that the patient is asleep and safe. During a General Anesthetic the patient is completely asleep and totally unaware of the surgical procedure.

Dr. Maryniak evaluates each patient individually, and provides an appropriate anesthetic tailored to their circumstances.