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 how patients in the 14225 area can overcome dental anxiety with sedation dentistry

Happy male dentist showing tablet pc computer to woman patient at dental clinic office

Fear of the dentist is a real concern. And it’s one that affects adults as well as children across the United States. In some cases, the patient becomes nervous or apprehensive because he or she isn’t sure about what may take place at the appointment. In other cases, the fear is so intense that patients simply cannot bring themselves to undergo dental checkups or restorative treatment.

If you live in the Buffalo, NY, area and are uncomfortable with thoughts about going to the dentist, it’s important to note that you have options. Instead of sitting at home worrying about what could happen, you can receive great dental treatment in a calm and comforting manner.

Dr. Gordon Kent of the Smile Center has been helping patients in the 14255 area overcome dental anxiety using safe and effective sedation methods. With in-office sedation patients are relaxed, yet awake and able to respond to commands or to answer questions.

Conscious sedation can take several forms. For those patients who only have a mild anxiety, laughing gas is typically used. This form of sedation delivers medication through an oxygen mask. It can be turned on and off immediately and allows the patient to feel calm, but alert. For those patients who have deeper fears, sedation medication can be delivered via pill or IV. In these cases, the level of relaxation is deeper. While the patient is awake during the procedure, many don’t remember much of the appointment when it’s over.

In addition to receiving necessary dental care, patients who opt for sedation dentistry often eventually overcome their fear by replacing bad dental memories or fears with positive experiences. Dr. Kent understands that fear of the dentist is something that most patients don’t even want to talk about. He urges patients not to be embarrassed but instead to understand that the Smile Center team is available to help provide quality dental care in a relaxing and trusting manner. For more information about sedation dentistry, call the Smile Center office today.

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