Dr. Smith graduated from UCLA dental school Omicron Kappa Upsilon (the highest honors) in 1999. After working for other dentists in the Central Valley for a few years, he bought the practice of Dr. Garth Schmidt, a retiring dentist, in 2001. Now that he owns his own practice, Dr. Smith continues to enjoy working hard and pursuing the highest level of dental training for himself and his staff. As the technology for sedating dental patients has advanced, Dr. Smith has kept his office and staff at the top of this special service. Sedation dentistry is particularly rewarding for Dr. Smith because his father was an anesthesiologist and the two love to talk about the topic of sedation. Dr. Smith also loves that he can bring the highest quality, safest sedation dentistry to Fresno.
Dr. Smith and his wife enjoy living in Fresno where they are raising their three boys. They are active members at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Dr. Smith enjoys tennis and other sports in his spare time.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Smith takes great pride in his hygiene department. It is a very personal relationship between the patient and the hygienist, especially for our patients that do not love going to the dentist. These five women, Bobette, A-ong, Kathy, Mikaela, and Shelby have a professionalism and passion for their work that is unmatched. And like everyone that works at Smith Sedation Dentistry, they are committed to always making sure that you are comfortable and relaxed.
Melissa hates going to the dentist as much as any of our sedation patients. She has a very warm and comfortable way of talking to people about their fears and giving them the tools to get through it. So if you are scared of the dentist and just want to talk to someone who can make you feel better, call and ask for her. She really can help.
Our team of dental assistants consists of Amy, Sandra, Michelle, Maribel, and Isabelle. This group of ladies is dedicated to keeping you as comfortable as possible. All of them are excellent care givers and will make your visit as calm as possible.
Extended Functions Assistant
Joanie Biggerstaff is basically like a nurse practitioner for dentists. She has taken over 800 hours of training to help Dr. Smith with many of his procedures. Joanie specializes in dentures and fillings. She has a very caring manner that soothes anxious patients.
Dr. Donald Milne is an MD anesthesiologist, practicing for over 25 years. He did his training in Canada and a fellowship at Stanford. Having an MD anesthesiologist offers many advantages to the patient. First, there is no fear of waking up in the middle of the procedure, or having bad memories. You will be completely asleep for your treatment. Also, Dr. Milne primarily uses propofol which makes for a smoother recovery. With propofol, usually there is less grogginess, and it rarely causes nausea.
We feel that having Dr. Milne allows us to provide the safest, most positive experience for our patients to restore their smiles.