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.

Alleviating anxiety with sedation dental services in Buffalo, NY

Dentist doing patient's mouth check up using sedation dentistry

Think that relaxing and dental care don’t belong in the same sentence? Think again. Sedation Dental Services allow patients to have comfortable, relaxing dental care without anxiety. Fear of dental care is common and can keep many individuals from having a strong, healthy smile. At Smile Studio in Buffalo, NY, we use sedation dental services to give patients a positive dental experience and alleviate dental fear. We offer several methods of sedation including laughing gas, oral conscious sedation, as well as IV sedation. All three methods are safe and effective. If you are in the Buffalo, NY area and you have been avoiding the dentist, it’s time to find out how we use sedation dentistry to improve your experience and your oral health.

Laughing Gas

Laughing gas has been used in dentistry for over a century to help calm nerves prior to dental treatments. All it requires is the patient to breathe the gas through a nasal mask and within about a minute they will begin to have a warm, comfortable, and relaxed feeling. There are many benefits to laughing gas, they include:

  • Fast acting – Patients feel the effects of breathing in the gas almost immediately.
  • Easily adjustable – Patients keep the mask on the entire treatment and we’re able to adjust the amount of gas being delivered as needed.
  • Safe for all ages – Laughing gas is safe for use on both children and adults.
  • No lingering side effects – The effects of laughing gas wear off very quickly, allowing patients to drive themselves home and resume normal activities.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation takes sedation dentistry a few steps further than laughing gas. For starters, patients will need to arrange transportation to and from the office. With oral conscious sedation, patients will be prescribed a pill to be taken at home prior to coming into the office for the appointment.

Upon arrival at the office, patients should already be feeling the effects of the medication. Although they will be in a relaxed state, they are still able to respond to instructions. Most patients have little to no memory of the procedure following the use of oral conscious sedation. The medication will wear off gradually, which is why it’s best to plan on resting for the remainder of the day.

The benefits of oral conscious sedation include:

  • No injections required – Oral conscious sedation is easy to administer, patients simply must take medication the day of their procedure.
  • Safe – Although patients are in a deeply relaxed state, they are not unconscious and are still able to breathe on their own and respond to instructions.
  • Eliminates barriers to oral health – The medication is effective at putting patients at ease, allowing the dental team to treat any conditions without emotional trauma, restoring a beautiful, healthy smile.
  • Fewer visits ¬– With the patient sufficiently relaxed, the dental team can carry out multiple procedures in just one visit.
  • Creates positive experiences – After using oral conscious sedation, many patients are left with positive dental experiences instead of negative ones. In fact, some patients go on to receive treatment without sedation in the future.
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IV Sedation

Lady smilling with showing her brighter teethLastly, we may recommend IV sedation for patients who require extensive, time consuming procedures, or those who have sensitive gag reflexes. IV sedation provides the deepest level of sedation that we offer and requires transportation home following the procedure.

It is important for patients to know that although IV sedation is extremely effective, it does require an injection with a needle. Prior to placing the IV, the skin can be numbed with a topical cream to make the entire process as comfortable as possible. Once the IV is in place, the sedative will be administered, and the patient will feel the effects almost immediately. The effects of the sedation can last up to several hours after the procedure.

The benefits of IV sedation include:

  • Fast acting – Once the sedative is administered, patients will almost immediately feel relaxed.
  • Customizable – We can customize the amount of sedative given to achieve the level of sedation desired.
  • Improved oral health – Allows patients with deep fear and anxiety get the dental care they need.

If you suffer from dental anxiety and would like to learn more about the methods of sedation dentistry, we offer patients in Buffalo, NY, call us at 716-634-4090 today.

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