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.

Buffalo NY practice removes cost barrier to IV Sedation Dentistry with a number of payment plan options

Portrait of dentist and patient giving thumbs up at dentist office

At this stage of exploring cost, you may be somewhat familiar with IV sedation. Not every dental office provides this calming technique.

While many dentists offer laughing gas to ease anxiety, Dr. Gordon Kent is one of the few in the Buffalo area to meet the state’s strict licensing requirements for IV sedation. As a practice that prides itself in “catering to cowards,” Dr. Kent and his team assure options are available for even the most anxious clients.

Value of IV Sedation

Though this intravenous method is the most powerful type of sedation offered outside of the hospital or surgery center, Dr. Kent is equipped to administer it safely due to his advanced training and certification. The goal is to induce a state of semi-consciousness using a minimal amount of medication delivered through a thin tube.

One of the many advantages of IV sedation is the medication goes to work quickly. Accordingly, there is less recovery time than with some other types of sedation. Furthermore, you will have little to no memory of the procedure.

While many people have anxiety about visiting any doctor or medical office, dental phobia can be downright crippling. If you have dental phobia you may avoid dental care for years, if not decades. You may put up with severe pain unnecessarily.

These conditions have been associated with a number of complications, including:

  • More cavities
  • More missing teeth
  • Fewer filled teeth
  • A snowball effect of anxiety, inferiority, shame
  • Greater use of antibiotics, pain relievers to personally manage pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Problems eating

The longer you go without seeing a dentist like Dr. Kent, the more extensive the procedure and the greater the costs to correct conditions that have worsened over time.

IV sedation adds to costs, but is well worth the comparatively nominal expense to make the experience as comfortable and worry-free as possible.

Breaking down budget barriers

While some dentists may offer a financing plan to reduce the monthly costs of treatment, Dr. Kent offers a diverse array of options that will fit any patient’s budget, preferences, and even credit history. You may qualify for no-interest financing through CareCredit. If you don’t qualify for CareCredit, we offer QuickPay. Your insurance may also deem IV sedation “medically necessary.” We work with the insurance companies to assure you get the benefits due to you in an efficient manner.

If you don’t have insurance, Dr. Kent offers the Smile Center Plan. For one low annual fee, you get savings on standard fees as well as a number of free, preventive services that can help you maintain or restore your oral health.

Dr. Kent wants to remove any anxiety associated with the cost of IV sedation dentistry in Buffalo NY. You deserve to live without pain, fear, and embarrassment. Call 716-634-4090 to schedule an appointment with your friendly dental team at the Smile Center.

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