Dental Anesthesia Team

Chet Sokolowski, DDS

Dentist anesthesiologist Dr. Chet Sokolowski attended St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York, where he obtained a B.S. in pharmacy. He became a registered pharmacist, then went on to New York University College of Dentistry to earn his D.D.S. degree.

After practicing general dentistry for 20 years, Dr. Sokolowski decided to follow a new career path, becoming a dental anesthesiologist. He was awarded a certificate in I.V. sedation from the Medical College of Georgia, and then completed a three-year dental anesthesia residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in a hospital-based medical anesthesiology program.

Dr. Sokolowski currently is a part-time assistant clinical professor of dental anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh and holds a position as staff dentist anesthesiologist at Yale in the dental pediatric residency program. He spends the remainder of his time in private practice, focused on providing sedation/general anesthesia to the special-needs, pediatric, and phobic adult dental populations.

Dr. Sokolowski is board certified and a diplomate in both the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology (ADBA) and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology (NDBA). He is also a board examiner for the oral boards for candidates applying for board certification in the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology. In addition, Dr. Sokolowski is a member of the Connecticut State Dental Association Anesthesia Task Force. He is licensed to provide anesthesia in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Eric Han, DDS

Dr. Eric Han is a dentist-anesthesiologist. He is a native of the Pacific Northwest and a 2006 graduate of the University of Oregon, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. In his initial career path, Dr. Han specialized in finance and marketing at corporations such as Samsung Electronics and Asiana Airlines. While visiting a dental office during this time, he fell in love with the patient care aspect of dentistry and decided to pursue it as a career.

After obtaining his DDS degree at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Dr. Han entered a research program at Boston University’s Department of Periodontology where he investigated the effects of bisphosphonates on bone resorption. One day, he attended a course in intravenous sedation and medical emergencies where he learned about the fascinating art and science of anesthesiology, which in his view increased accessibility to dental care for anxious patients, children, and those with special needs — a conviction that led him to pursue a specialty in dental anesthesiology.

Dr. Han completed his three-year anesthesiology training at St. Barnabas Hospital, a regional trauma center in New York. The extensive and rigorous residency program at St. Barnabas Hospital trained him to be able to function with expertise as an anesthesiologist in both medical and dental environments. He provided advanced airway and cardiovascular life support in real-life medical trauma and emergency scenarios in the operating room, trauma bay, intensive care unit, and in adult and pediatric emergency rooms. In addition, he is highly trained in the provision of outpatient dental anesthesiology for adult, pediatric, and special needs patients.

Dr. Han holds anesthesia permits in Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He practices anesthesiology with a science-based patient-first approach, utilizing current literature to provide the safest and the most comfortable anesthesia experience for patients. He continually keeps up to date with the highest level of safety standards – he is one of the few dentist-anesthesiologists to hold a current certification in advanced trauma life support from the American College of Surgeons, a hospital grade training in advanced level resuscitation.

Dr. Han is a part-time faculty at Yale New Haven Hospital and an active member of the American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the Connecticut Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists.​ Dr. Han also serves as a member of the Connecticut State Dental Association Anesthesia Task Force, and is an on-site anesthesia evaluator for the Connecticut Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Dr. Han and his wife live in Greenwich, Connecticut. He speaks Korean, Spanish, and Mandarin.