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Sedation Dentistry

Sensitive teeth or a fear of the dentist can cause many of us to delay the care we need, increasing the risk of serious oral health issues. 

If you struggle with dental care, Drs. Michael Sharp and Aoua Coulibaly can help you comfortably undergo treatment with sedation dentistry. 

Learn how sedation dentistry helps patients in greater Portage and Kalamazoo, MI, get the care they need...

Dental Work Makes You Uncomfortable?
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Nervous? We Have a Solution.

Are you ready to get relief from a toothache or other painful dental condition? Are you overdue for a checkup? Schedule your next dental appointment with confidence knowing that you will be comfortable and well cared for.

Drs. Sharp and Coulibaly have both received additional education and training in order to safely administer sedation. We strive to change your perception of what dental care is like with easy and relaxing treatment. Find out if sedation dentistry is right for you by scheduling an appointment at our practice in Kalamazoo. You can reach us online, or by calling:

(269) 344-4004

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I feel fortunate to have found the Sharp Smile Center! I met Dr Sharp and his staff yesterday for an initial consultation. Dr Sharp exudes warmth and caring and inspires confidence. He was a wonderful listener about both my immediate needs and where I hoped my future smile would be. I felt very much at ease throughout our visit. Amber assisted Dr Sharp during the exam. Not only was she kind and competent as well, but she sent me an itemized Treatment Plan the same day! The facility itself is very nice and homey. And every person I interacted with was warm and personable. I am really looking forward to working with the Sharp Smile Center team to get my smile back! My experience so far has been a 10 out of 10. I'm sure I'll have more positive things to say as the work is performed.

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When I see that Sharp Smile wishes me a Happy Birthday today. I realized how far I've come from the smile they donated to me after a severe assaults. 8 of my teeth were destroyed, on top, in front. Dr. Sharp and his staff treated me with dignity and kindness and fixed my smile. I wasn't going outside, I was traumatized. Taking a train to Kalamazoo and then bus to his business was transformative for me. Each time getting closer to being able to smile with my grandchildren. My family, and friends. My granddaughter told me I had a pretty smile after they were finished and tears streamed down my face. Thank you! Dr. Sharp you changed my life. Forever Grateful! The best part is, his work is amazing. Its been about 3-4 years now. I couldn't have been blessed with a better cosmetic dentist.

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“I came with high fear, but wanted to be a good example to my two boys and became a "regular" patient coming in every 6 months. My jaw pain made visits harder. I did a bite study and had improvement great from my jaw pain with an NTI. I chose to have Dream Sleep for restorative work and now I’m much more comfortable at the dentist!”
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Sedation Can Help with Several Concerns...


Dental sedation can especially help patients with dental anxiety caused by previous trauma or a fear of the noises, smells, and sensations experienced in a dental practice.

Strong Gag Reflex

Patients who suffer from a strong gag reflex have a hard time undergoing different types of dentistry without feeling intense discomfort. For these patients, medication can provide immense relief.

Lengthy Dental Procedures

Sedation dentistry can also be very beneficial during lengthy dental procedures. When you are still and calm, we are more likely to complete treatment in a single appointment.

What is Sedation Dentistry? Hear What Dr. Sharp Has To Say...

Dr. Michael Sharp describes sedation dentistry, also called “dream sleep dentistry.” This service has been a tremendous help for many of his patients who had previously avoided getting dental care.

How Safe Is Sedation Dentistry?

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When administered by a highly qualified dentist such as Dr. Sharp or Dr. Coulibaly, sedation dentistry is very low-risk. Sharp Smile Center can provide customized sedation dentistry to help you achieve the comfort you need while also staying safe. During your dental visit, we closely monitor your heart rate and vitals to make sure you are responding properly to medication and not experiencing any adverse side effects. While you can be sure you are in good hands at our office, we also want you to be safe once you leave our doors. We recommend that patients undergoing certain forms of sedation arrange for a ride home, and stay away from driving and strenuous activity for at least a day as the effects wear off. 

Am I a Good Candidate? 

While dental anxiety, physical discomfort, and complex treatment plans typically lead patients to consider sedation, not everyone is a good candidate for sedation...

During your visit, your dentist will evaluate your medical history and determine whether there are any allergies, medical conditions, or other issues that could affect the safety of your sedation. If you are pregnant, we typically recommend waiting until after you give birth to receive sedation. If you have any allergies, be sure to discuss them with us during your dental appointment at our office, serving greater Portage, MI. 

We Offer a Range of Sedatives

Sedation types

Relaxing Treatment With Sedation

Fear of pain, sensory difficulties, and difficulty sitting still can keep you from receiving the dental treatment that you need. With sedation dentistry, you can finally put your dental health first. Dr. Coulibaly uses oral conscious sedation and IV sedation to keep our patients calm and comfortable during their treatments.

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About Your Options

Our Portage dental patients can choose from three main categories of sedation: nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation.  
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Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is inhaled through a mask throughout your procedure. Nitrous oxide induces a state of conscious sedation, meaning you will remain awake, just less aware of your surroundings. Laughing gas works fast and wears off quickly, allowing patients to go on with their day relatively unaffected, and even drive themselves home from treatment. 

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Oral Conscious

Oral conscious sedation is administered in the form of an anti-anxiety pill. This method is usually considered to be more powerful than laughing gas and can be a better option for treating patients with more severe phobias or sensitivity. While you remain conscious under this medication, you typically have less awareness, and may not remember the procedure. 

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​IV Sedation

IV sedation is an anti-anxiety drug administered intravenously. While it is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, IV sedation does not actually cause you to lose consciousness. Patients will enter into a state of deep relaxation while still being able to breathe on their own and respond to questions. IV sedation is typically reserved for patients with extreme cases of anxiety or sensitivity, or those who do not respond well to other options.

Combination Treatment

For dental patients with extreme anxiety, we can combine two sedative solutions for more significant levels of relaxation. Drs. Sharp and Coulibaly will carefully assess your condition to determine if combining medications is appropriate for you, and then closely monitor you during the procedure to ensure your safety. 

Which Type Is Right For Me?

Before undergoing any form of sedation dentistry, you will meet with one of our dentists for a consultation. It is important to be open and honest about your complete medical history so we can determine which is the safest option for you. During this appointment, talk to us about your levels of pain and anxiety as well as any concerns you have about undergoing dental care. We can tell you which options you qualify for and how you can expect to respond to each. From here, we will come up with a plan for your treatment and schedule your procedure.

Achieve Peace of Mind ​Schedule a Consultation Today

It might sound crazy, but it is possible for dental treatment to be a pleasant experience rather than a necessary evil. Caring for your teeth should be as stress-free as any other form of self-care and we are here to give you that peace of mind. Sharp Dental Center takes advantage of innovative solutions in modern dentistry to provide you with superior dental care. Experience your next procedure in optimal relaxation at our Kalamazoo practice. Request a consultation online, or by calling: 

(269) 344-4004

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In my opinion, the best dental practice in Kalamazoo. I suffer from extreme anxiety and Denise made me completely at ease. I highly recommend this dental practice for anyone who suffers anxiety from dental procedures. They are very compassionate, gentle and understanding.

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Greatest Dental Team on the planet, I am an anxious Dental Patient but with their strong desire to make me comfortable, I am in the middle of full implants with great hopes for the future. Thanks Dr. Mike and crew!!!

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What to Expect
After Your Appointment

The effects of some sedatives take longer to wear off than others and need to be appropriately planned for. Our dentists will provide you with detailed post-treatment instructions to ensure you recover safely. Here is what you can generally expect after your appointment under the different sedatives...


Nitrous oxide is one of the mildest options and will begin to wear off almost immediately after you stop inhaling the gas. Most patients will be able to drive themselves home from their appointment and perform their normal daily activities. 

Oral Conscious Sedation

It can take several hours for oral conscious sedation to wear off and you should find someone to drive you to and from the office. Avoid strenuous activity and get plenty of rest until you feel back to normal, typically within 24 hours. 


Intravenous sedatives will remain in the body for a longer period of time than other forms. Patients can expect to feel drowsy for several hours afterward and should avoid alcohol, unapproved medications, and driving for at least 24 hours. 

Please Remember...

As with any treatment, we encourage you to contact our dentists if you have any questions following your procedure. While side effects are rare, you should pay attention to how you are feeling and call our office or your primary care doctor if you believe you are having an adverse reaction.

The Cost of Dental Sedation

Treatment will vary in price depending on the form of sedative, but usually costs around $525 per session. Some forms of dental insurance include coverage for sedation and we will be happy to look into your plan to find out if you qualify. It is important to remember this additional cost can actually save you money in the long run. Patients who forgo necessary and routine dentistry can create serious oral health problems that will require expensive restorative procedures. Furthermore, sedatives can help us get your dental work done more quickly, saving you the time and expense of multiple office visits.

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If you are terrified of going to the dentist and have a lot of anxiety, like me, go to Sharp Smile! Great thorough care and worth EVERY penny!  Kandace Lavender
Dr. Michael Sharp

Sharp Smile Center

Dr. Michael Sharp believes in using his advanced dentistry skills and top-of-the-line dental technology to help people change their lives for the better — inside and out. Dr. Sharp belongs to a number of prominent organizations, including the:
  • Accredited, Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Fellow 
  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association

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We invite you to request a consultation online or call us at (269) 344-4004 today.

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"Eight implants and many crowns later, I have a smile to be proud of. With the aid of sedation, we got a lot done in a short time. THANK YOU Dr. Sharp and staff for getting me through my dental problems." Gene

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