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.

Selecting a sedation dentist in Buffalo, NY

Male dentist with assistant shaking hands with woman in the dentists chair

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 716-634-4090 to learn more about IV sedation dentistry. Dr. Kent is eager to talk with you.

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Excellent job all around! Very thorough; very professional. Thank you.