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.

IV sedation greatly reduces the emotional cost of dental care in Buffalo NY

Happy smiling dentist and patient having relaxed visit at dental office

People consider many aspects of care when choosing a dentist. Right up at the top of the list are experience, expert training, and proper licensure. Beyond that, the variety of services a dentist offers can actually be overwhelming. Those with dental phobias know what to look for, though, a dental office that places a priority on patient comfort. Smile Center is a dental practice in which patient experience is honored. Our level of care in the area of IV and other types of sedation significantly reduces the emotional cost on our patients from Buffalo, NY and surrounding areas.

You do not have to have dental anxiety to experience the immense benefits of sedation dentistry. We treat hundreds of patients, many of which choose sedation for reasons other than emotional comfort.

Maximum effect

In some situations, a patient may require several appointments in order to complete extensive dental work. There are instances in which this cannot be changed. Dental restorations, for instance, need to be made in a laboratory, so they require at least two visits. In instances where appointments would be divided to reduce fatigue or irritation from sitting in the dental chair for long periods, sedation can enable patients to receive all care in one visit without fatigue.

Sedation causes both the mind and the body to relax. This makes patients more comfortable, during their appointments, and after. Under sedation, there is no restlessness, agitation, impatience, or claustrophobia. Because the muscles of the body and face are more relaxed under sedation, post-treatment soreness is also greatly diminished. Sedation makes hours feel like minutes, which makes it easy for a patient to complete lengthy dental care in a single visit.

Maximum efficiency

Even for people who do not fear dental care, there can be a natural instinct to flinch or move away. These reactions are so instinctive that they often cannot be avoided, even when the patient does his or her best to hold still during treatments. Sedation significantly reduces a person’s response to stimuli, minimizing movements such as trembling, the gag reflex, and other involuntary movements. As such, sedation increases comfort as well as cooperation, allowing our team to focus on the procedure.

Dr. Gordon Kent offers laughing gas and enteral (oral) sedation in addition to IV sedation because he believes his patients deserve to feel comfortable when receiving professional care. Sedation can improve both physical and emotional comfort, making each visit more pleasant.

Contact Smile Center in Buffalo for your consultation with Dr. Kent.

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Love them so much! They are always on time with their appointments. Super helpful with any questions I have, affordable, and attentive. Take care of anything that I’m worried about, 10/10