We are pleased to announce that we are now permitted to provide all dental procedures and services. Our communities have been through a lot over the last few months. Smile Center is committed to the safety of our patients and our team. We will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs. We thank you for your understanding during this changing time.

We follow recommendations and guidelines made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This allows us to make sure that our infection control procedures are up-to-date and enables us to provide the safest environment for our patients and our team.

Smile Center has implemented additional safety precautions to help protect our patients and staff. We will be scheduling appointments in a manner that promotes social distancing and allows for adequate time for us to disinfect all areas of use in between appointments.

Upon arrival at our office,
  • Call us before entering the building to let us know you have arrived. We will call or text you once the office is ready for you to enter.
  • We ask that patients enter the office unaccompanied.
  • A member of our team will meet you at the door to take your temperature with a contactless thermometer.
  • Every person entering the office is expected to wear a face covering and will be asked to sanitize their hands immediately upon entry.
  • A COVID-19 questionnaire will be reviewed with you.

Clear plastic screens (sneeze guards) have been installed at the front desk to minimize exposure to airborne pathogens. Air exchange devices and new suction systems have been obtained and are being used to ensure the safety of patients and team.

Our doctors and staff will be wearing all of the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE).

Thank you for being part of our family dental practice. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back.

Your Buffalo dentist improves your experience with IV sedation

Equipment for sedation in dental surgery

In the common medical setting, patients receiving certain types of care are offered some type of sedation to ensure comfort and alleviate anxiety. In many situations, the use of sedation can facilitate a smooth procedure. It has only been a recent development of dentistry, however, to offer patients sedation for routine treatments. At the Smile Center in Buffalo, we believe our patients deserve the highest standard of compassionate care, which is why we offer laughing gas, enteral sedation, and IV sedation.

Various sedation options for a positive solution

Laughing gas was the first common form of sedation to be offered in the field of dentistry. This sedative is mixed with oxygen and inhaled for fast-acting effect. Through the years, laughing gas earned the name “laughing gas” for its ability to evoke feelings of euphoria, sometimes causing patients to giggle. Laughing gas is an ideal sedative for mildly anxious dental patients, but may not be suitable for those with serious dental anxiety.

Although many people quickly assume enteral sedation, or oral sedation, may be the ideal choice for them, several benefits come with IV sedation that are well worth considering. One of the nicest benefits of IV sedation is the ability to adjust dosage throughout a procedure. This flexibility allows us to ensure that the proper degree of relaxation is maintained from the onset of treatment until its completion.

What to expect

IV sedation is sometimes erroneously referred to as “sleep dentistry.” This terminology can make IV sedation seem like general anesthesia, which it is not. IV sedation in the dental setting causes deep relaxation, but the patient remains conscious and able to communicate if he or she so desires. Typically, the effects of IV sedation will feel more like pleasant drowsiness.

During treatment with IV sedation, patients are closely monitored so that adjustments can be made if needed.

If you feel anxious about seeing the dentist, sedation dentistry may be the ideal solution to your fears. Dr. Kent and his staff are experienced with the various forms of sedation. We offer gentle, precise care for your dental needs.

For more information, or to schedule your consultation for sedation dentistry, contact us at 716-634-4090.

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I can’t say it enough how much I love the Smile Center. Laura and Dr. Kent were so patient and kind with my entire denture process. Laura’s daughter Alicia is absolutely wonderful, she’s as sweet as her mom and takes her time with any adjustment I need. I would recommend this office time and time again. Keep up the great work!