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 addresses various levels of anxiety, sources of fear with sedation, practice built around comfort

Dentist curing a female patient

The Smile Center takes great pride in the ability to put even the most anxious or fearful patients at ease. While we’d like to say this ability to relax patients is purely due to our staff’s friendly and charming personalities, we can’t take all the credit. We get a little help from relaxing medications that may be administered before the procedure to help your cares float away.

Options for every level of fear

When you think of ways to ease pain at the dental office, laughing gas may be the first thing that comes to mind. Most dentists deliver the laughing gas through a mask to calm you down. However, Dr. Gordon offers more than laughing gas.

He understands not every patient is merely “anxious.” Your fear may be so great that you have avoided the dental treatment you so desperately need. You may have suffered with great pain due to your fear of dental treatment.

If you are one of these patients, Dr. Kent may find enteral sedation or intravenous (IV) sedation is a better option. With the former, a calming pill will be prescribed and taken prior to treatment. With the latter, a sedative is delivered into the veins via a tube. Options such as laughing gas and enteral sedation may be used together to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Dr. Kent received additional training and certification to be able to safely deliver these calming methods for the benefit of his patients. He is one of the few general practitioners in Greater Buffalo to meet New York State’s strict licensing standards.

Addressing another source of fear

In recent years a number of studies conducted by the American Dental Association and others have found “cost” is reported more often than “anxiety over visiting the dentist” as the reason they don’t keep necessary dental appointments.

The irony of this is the longer you go without visiting the dentist, the larger those costs will be. With time conditions such as gum disease get worse. If these conditions go untreated symptoms which may have been addressed or even reversed with a professional cleaning and modifications to at-home oral hygiene may now require more extensive treatments such as root canals or dental implants to replace teeth should they fall out or require extraction.

With a sedation dentist right here in Buffalo NY there is no reason to put of the procedures you need for good health anymore. The Smile Center has built a practice that revolves around patient comfort. Features that contribute to a comfortable experience that keeps you coming back include “gag-less” dental X-rays and various ways to pay for sedation and treatments. Call 716-634-4090 to discover today’s comfortable dentistry.

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