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 “laughing gas” sedation offered by Buffalo dentists?

Woman at dentist surgery having dental checkup

Many Americans have anxieties and fears associated with the dental office. While some are explainable, such as negative past experiences, others are not. Children and adults of all ages can suffer from anxieties that can keep them from getting the dental care they need and deserve. This is why Dr. Kent of Smile Center offers various levels of sedation dentistry. From deep IV sedation to laughing gas, Buffalo area residents can use sedation dentistry to obtain the dental treatment they need to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

One commonly used form of sedation is  laughing gas. Buffalo residents both young and old can utilize laughing gas to calm down and relax. Laughing gas is administered as a gas that is breathed in through the nose, and can almost immediately make a patient feel cool, calm, and collected. For children, the feeling is often compared to that of a dose of Benadryl, while for adults; it can be the equivalent feeling of several glasses of wine. While some patients may laugh, giggle, and feel extremely at ease, others may just fall asleep because they are so relaxed. Each patient is different, but Dr. Kent is happy to offer this as a relaxation technique as it can allow both patient and dentist to get through the appointment faster and with much less anxiety and fear.

Laughing gas is removed from the system by allowing the patient to breathe in oxygen after their treatment is complete. This rids the body of the laughing gas and allows them to return to their normal state. Patients are able to drive themselves to and from their appointment when undergoing laughing gas  sedation treatment, and can go about their day without any side effects or unusual feelings. This is perfect for anyone who needs light sedation to get through a cleaning or short procedure.

For patients with extreme anxiety, other sedation methods may be used. Dr. Kent can consult with patients before their dental treatment to determine the best sedation method for them. Patients can discuss their concerns, and Dr. Kent can match the patient with the proper sedation treatment to ease their worries and help them enjoy their dental visits instead of dreading them!

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The Smile Center has been a reliable office for over 6 years! I have been greeted warmly, treated with respect and welcomed into their family. The hygienists (shoutout to Mary) especially make the appointment a pleasant experience. The wait time is almost always under 10 minutes. The front desk people are on top of the game as well! Definitely recommend.