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.

How does oral sedation work on Buffalo patients?

Dentist talking with young patient in dental clinic

It is common for patients of all ages to be fearful of the dentist. Many Americans are anxious when it comes to dental care. Thankfully, patients can overcome this with oral sedation. Buffalo area practice, the Smile Center, offers oral sedation for those who want to be calmed and comforted for their dental care. Oral sedation, also known as enteral sedation, is a way in which a patient can be relaxed for an appointment by taking medication prescribed by the dentist.

Oral sedation is wonderful. It is a simple way to relax a patient while keeping him or her conscious with the ability to follow simple commands and answer questions throughout the treatment. Many patients describe the feeling as if they have had a couple of alcoholic drinks or as if they are floating through the clouds. This makes it a beneficial way for frightened patients to be more relaxed in the dental office.

At the Smile Center, we talk to patients before their treatments about how the process of oral sedation, or enteral sedation, works. The patient will receive a prescription for an oral medication from the dentist. He or she will pick up the prescription, and take the pills before the appointment, as recommended. Very often, we will also add laughing gas to intensify the sedation effect. The patient will need to have someone else drive them to and from the dental office, as patients are not allowed to drive or operate machinery while under this medication. Once the patient arrives, he or she should be relaxed enough to receive treatment while working with the dentist throughout. The patient’s ride will transport him or her home to rest and sleep after the treatment, and when the sedative wears off, the dental treatment will be complete.

Oral sedation, or enteral sedation, is great for patients who are fearful of dental care, or even for patients who are undergoing long, extensive procedures.

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