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Anesthesia Specialists

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Anesthesia specialists are responsible for making informed medical decisions to provide comfort and maintain vital life functions while you are receiving anesthesia and in recovery.

Anesthesia specialists include anesthesiologists, general practitioners specially trained in anesthesiology, and dentists.

Anesthesia specialists

Anesthesiologists are medical doctors who, after obtaining their medical degree, complete an additional 5 years of specialized training in an accredited anesthesiology residency program. They are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. As medical doctors, they have a wide range of knowledge about medicines, medical care for diseases, how the human body works, and how it responds to the stress of surgery.

In many hospitals, general practitioners with specialized training in anesthesiology may administer anesthetic.

Dentists knowledgeable about medicines and pain requirements of dental care may administer anesthesia that is appropriate for the type of dental procedure.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John M. Freedman, MD, MD - Anesthesiology
Specialist Medical Reviewer C. Dale Mercer, MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery
Last Revised April 14, 2010

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