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.

What is IV Sedation?

Doctor dentist holding syringe, pursuing dental anesthesia procedure

Anxiety or fear can cause individuals not to receive the dental care they need and deserve. Many patients avoid making dental appointments due to this unwarranted fear of the dentist’s chair. However, dentists such as Dr. Kent, of The Smile Center, offer various forms of sedation to help ease the patient’s concerns, including IV sedation. Buffalo NY residents can rely on IV sedation to relax and become comfortable during their dental visit.

IV sedation is one of the strongest forms of dental sedation, and requires a specialized license to administer. It is a type of conscious dental sedation, and induces deeper conscious sedation that allows patients the ability to be greatly reduced anxiety and often no memory of the procedures being done. Unlike general anesthesia, patients are semi-conscious throughout the procedure. They are able to respond to instructions from the dentist, and breathe and swallow on their own. Patients are carefully monitored during the entire procedure when under IV sedation. It is highly effective.

For those who do not need strong sedation such as IV sedation, there are other ways for Dr. Kent to comfort patients.

Enteral conscious sedation, which allows patients to take a pill before their appointment, can also help with anxious or fearful patients to relax not only during the dental visit but also reduce worry before the dental appointment.

laughing gas sedation, is also available and wonderful. It not only will make you happier, but it often will also reduce memory, and an added bonus is that the patient is able to drive themselves home immediately after having had only laughing gas because it wears off quickly.

Each sedation type has its own specific benefits, and every patient requires different levels of sedation. Before their dental appointment and procedures, patients can discuss their sedation needs thoroughly so that they and the dentist can determine which type of sedation is right for them.

Sedation can be used for patients that are not only fearful, but for patients with strong gag reflexes, or those undergoing extremely long procedures.

At the Smile Center, “We Cater To Cowards!” Dr. Kent wants to ensure that all patients are relaxed and comfortable as possible during their treatment. A beautiful healthy smile makes a happy patient, and by providing various levels of sedation, patients can enjoy visiting the dental office more than ever before.

If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry and find a way to make it to an appointment without the overwhelming fear and anxiety, call The Smile Center today to schedule a consultation about your smile and learn how sedation dentistry can help.

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I had surgery for immediate dentures on 21st November and I just have to say that Laura and Dr. Kent are amazing. I had absolutely no pain only a few tender spots and didn’t even need my prescribed pain medication! I read alot of horror stories on the internet and I would absolutely recommend going to The Smile Center if you choose to go through this process. Although these aren’t my final set of teeth, I can finally smile and not be ashamed of how I look! I have no doubt my finals will be even better! Thank you Dr. Kent and staff.