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Selecting a sedation dentist in Buffalo, NY

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Congratulations! You’ve taken an important step in improving your oral health and whole body wellness. You took a deep breath and decided to face your anxieties about having an oral surgery or complex procedure completed. Dr. Kent of The Smile Center is here to help. He’s the dentist patients in Buffalo, NY and surrounding areas trust for gentle sedation dentistry.

What to consider when selecting a sedation dentist

Sedation dentistry should only be performed by a qualified dentist and staff with specialized training in sedation protocols. This training involves about 25 hours of education on technique, medications, equipment, and analysis of the patient’s medical history to be sure he or she is an appropriate subject for sedation.

Sedation options are also important. Many dentists offer laughing gas to help nervous patients relax, and some prescribe oral sedatives similar to valium to ease dental anxiety. Only a few dentists in the Buffalo area, though, offer the option of intravenous (IV) sedation.

IV sedation requires a higher level of knowledge and constant monitoring of the patient’s vital signs during treatment. However, this deeper state of sedation is ideal for oral surgeries such as gum grafting, dental implant placement, multiple extractions, and procedures that take some time to complete. The level of IV sedation can be adjusted precisely according to need and personal physiology of the patient. This deep relaxation of the patient’s mind and body allows efficient treatment, minimizes post-operative discomfort, and speeds healing.

Why choose The Smile Center

Dr. Kent has the credentials and a great deal of experience in IV sedation. He offers this service because of genuine concern for the wellbeing of his patients. He understands that having a dental procedure can be unsettling. Being referred out to the custody of a stranger is even more disquieting. At The Smile Center you get the dental care you need from friendly faces you already know and trust. With an in-house dental lab and a diversified team of professionals well-qualified to perform a broad range of restorative and cosmetic procedures, there’s rarely a need to go elsewhere for premier care.

Call The Smile Center today at to learn more about IV sedation dentistry. Dr. Kent is eager to talk with you.