IV Sleep Sedation

For patients that are looking for a more relaxed, pain-free procedure.

What is IV Sleep Sedation?

IV Sedation or intravenous sedation is a form of conscious sedation to help our patients to feel relaxed during your dental appointment. Our sedation will not put you fully asleep, but it will make you less aware of your surroundings. Unlike other common forms of sedation, IV Sedation is administered intravenously, which means through your vein.

Most commonly patients avoid dental visits and needed treatments due to the fear of needles, intense dental office lights, high-stress environment, and loud noises of dental instruments. Dental phobia or anxiety is one of the major reasons for dental disease and loss of natural teeth. Often patients anticipate discomfort and a high level of pain for dental treatments such as fillings, tooth extractions, root canals, etc.

Is Your Dentist IV Certified?

Smoler Smiles provides the most comfortable and pain-free implant procedures available. In fact, not only do they offer pain-free local anesthetic or Nitrous Oxide, but also oral and IV sedation. For patients that are looking for a more relaxed procedure or want to accomplish years worth of dentistry in a single visit, then IV Sedation may be the solution you are looking for.

While most dentists can administer minimal sedation such as nitrous oxide or oral sedation, only 4% of all General Dentists nationally can offer more complex techniques such as IV conscious sedation procedures.

A dentist who is IV certified and licensed to administer IV sedation has received additional specialty training and has been legally certified by the state’s Board of Dental Examiners.

At Smoler Institute, Dr.Bruce Smoler is part of the 4% of General Dentists nationally who is licensed to perform IV conscious sedation dentistry. Receiving his certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) by completing 80 plus hours of coursework and training, and 20 supervised IV patients Dr.Bruce Smoler far exceeds the standard guidelines of 60 hours.

IV Sleep Sedation is a great option for:

  • Wheelchair patients
  • Adults with Autism
  • Children with Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Mentally Challenged
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Nervous/Fearful
  • Gaggers
  • Allergic to Local Anesthetic
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Cannot numb
  • Multiple Cavities
  • Seizure Disorders

Meet Bill – Nurse Anesthetist

In addition to Dr.Bruce Smoler being an IV sedation certified Dentist, we also have a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to perform your IV sedation to ensure you will be monitored carefully throughout the entire procedure. Bill has been providing IV Sedation services since 2004. He has experience with a large range of cases, including dentistry, general surgery, orthopedic, neurology, and pediatrics, for both hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. Prior to becoming a CRNA, Bill worked as a nurse in the cardiac cath, ICU, and Emergency departments in several hospitals for nine years.



Bill graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in May 1995 and a Masters of Science in Nurse Anesthesiology from the University of Detroit-Mercy in December 2003.



  • Knights of Columbus
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists



I enjoy getting to know my patients and strive to provide the best experience possible, using the latest anesthesia techniques for dental patients so they can be healthy and look great.



When he is not administering IV Sedation, Bill enjoys spending time with his family, going to sporting events, flipping houses, and volunteering at church.

Frequently Asked Questions

About IV Sleep Sedation

What are the benefits of IV Sleep Sedation?

  • Quick onset of sedation effect
  • Highly effective and reliable sedative effect
  • Moderate to deep level of sedation
  • Higher level of sedation than oral or inhalation sedation
  • Minimal to no pain during the procedure
  • Offers pain-free and comfortable procedure

Who can receive IV Sedation & how do I know if sedation is right for me?

Talking with our dental staff is the first step in deciding if IV Sedation is for you. Whether you have dental anxiety, have sensitive teeth, are afraid of needles, bad previous dental experiences, or may have special needs when it comes to going to the dentist, you and our dental staff can discuss your individual case and options.

Fortunately, because Smoler Smiles offers the comfort of IV Sedation, there is no longer a reason to avoid the dentist. With IV Sedation and Dr. Smoler’s magic touch, patients can have a comfortable, pain & anxiety-free experience while visiting our office.

What level of sedation will I receive?

The level of sedation can be easily monitored and adjusted as needed. Sedation can range from mild to deep sedation and most patients commonly do not remember their dental treatment.

Is IV Sedation safe?

IV Sedation is a safe, effective, and predictable method of sedation. IV sedation is recommended to make a dental visit more comfortable and help our patients relax during longer treatments, such as implant placements and other invasive treatments.

Why choose IV sedation over oral sedation?

As a patient receiving IV Sedation, the quick onset and higher effectiveness surpasses oral sedation, helping to overcome any fears or anxieties that have kept you from receiving the dental work you need.

Why should I consider IV Sleep Sedation?

  • Ease your fear of going to the dentist
  • Save time making multiple dental appointments
  • Best for sensitive teeth and gums
  • Eliminate gag reflex
  • Dental anxiety or difficult time sitting for a dental procedure