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.

Buffalo, NY dentist explains enteral sedation for anxiety-free dental care

Sedation Dental Care from Dr Gorden kent in Buffalo NY

There are many reasons patients may be fearful of dental care. It may be from a previous unpleasant experience, fear of the unknown, or even a strong gag reflex. This anxiety can prevent them from receiving critical treatment that they need for the health of their mouth. With sedation, practices like the Smile Center can offer patients in Buffalo, NY the ability to be at ease during appointments.

At our office, one option is enteral or oral conscious sedation, which relaxes patients with an oral medication. Patients are given instructions to take the sedative at a predetermined time before coming in for their appointment. (Usually thirty minutes to one hour). Because the sedative is taken at home, patients will need to secure a ride to and from their appointment. By the time patients arrive at our office for treatment, they are relaxed and calm. Oral sedation allows the patient to remain conscious, able to answer questions, and follow simple instructions. After treatment, patients will be driven home to rest. Patients will typically have little to no recollection of the procedure.

Oral sedation is an excellent option for patients who need extensive dental work and may be facing several hours in the dental chair. Sedation is often recommended for patients receiving implants, full smile makeovers, or other lengthy treatments.

At Smile Center, we understand that fear of the dentist can keep you from receiving the care you need. Patients who have dental anxiety are less likely to call and make an appointment when they suspect they have a dental issue.

If you are fearful of the dentist or have anxiety that has kept you from making an appointment, call us today at 716-634-4090 to learn more about how sedation can help you take your oral health back into your own hands.

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Always very professional and friendly. The register dental hygienist Mary is great. She really makes you feel comfortable and understands people have ” dental anxiety”. She always puts me at ease.