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.

Dentist in Buffalo, NY explains dental sedation

Patient examined at dentist office

Modern life is full of stressful situations – getting and losing jobs; dating, mating, and divorce; moving and buying a home; illness and losing loved ones. Maybe you are one of thousands in the Buffalo, NY area that also stresses at the idea of visiting a dentist. Then you’ll be pleased to learn that dental anxiety is one stressor that may be eliminated from your life. Dr. Gordon Kent and his team at The Smile Center help patients get oral health back on track with dental sedation.

Sedation dentistry in a nutshell

The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation estimates that 30 percent of our population avoids dental care due to fear. These individuals miss out on the preventive benefits of routine cleaning and examination appointments, early detection and treatment of oral problems, and the gorgeous results of cosmetic dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is a process that calms a patient’s anxieties before, during, and immediately after a dental visit, through the use of safe and carefully controlled medications.

Sedation modalities

In medicine a modality is a method of application of a therapeutic agent. Modalities for dental sedation include laughing gas, an inhaled gas; intravenous sedation administered by injection; and enteral sedation, or a pill taken by mouth.

Each modality has appropriate uses, but enteral, or oral conscious sedation, is the most widely used method in dentistry. You simply take a pill the night before and another the morning of your appointment, and arrange to have someone drive you to and from The Smile Center. You remain conscious, breathing on your own, and able to respond to conversation and move around. You are, however, very relaxed and unconcerned about dental treatment. Many patients doze off.

Your relaxed state allows Dr. Kent and his team to work efficiently and with minimal physical strain on your mouth. You are a bit groggy for the rest of the day, and wake next morning refreshed, usually with little recollection of the procedure.

Other applications for sedation dentistry

Sedation is an excellent choice for any patient who needs extensive or multiple procedures. It reduces physical stress and allows the work to be completed with the convenience of one appointment. It is also an option for those with fear of needles, or disabilities that make it difficult to sit for the duration of a dental appointment.

You have plenty of other stress in your life. Let Dr. Kent ease your concerns about dental visits with gentle sedation. Call The Smile Center today at 716-634-4090 to learn more about sedation dentistry.

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I have been a Smile Center patient for 5 years now and I have always had a pleasant experience. The staff are super friendly and very informative and attentive to your needs. I’ve had crown work as well as cavity fillings and regular teeth cleanings and my experience is always a good one. I recommend them for all your periodontal needs.