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 area dentists offer sedation services for anxious patients

Sedation Dentists Buffalo NY at The Smile Center

Patients in Buffalo, NY who are anxious about receiving dental treatment are encouraged to book appointments with dentists who offer sedation dentistry. Not every dental practice offers sedation.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves the use of a sedative to relax a nervous patient. It is common for patients to have dental anxieties and require something to keep them calm and relaxed throughout their appointments. Dr. Gordon Kent of the Smile Center in Buffalo, NY works provides effective sedative solutions to ensure patients are comfortable and have a positive experience at the dental practice.

What methods of sedation are available?

At the Smile Center, Dr. Gordon Kent offers three types of sedation – laughing gas, enteral sedation, and IV sedation.

Laughing Gas

Sedation with laughing gas is achieved with the administration of a gas through a nasal mask. This method is easily reversed with oxygen, allowing patients to leave the dental office and go about the remainder of their day without interruption. This is best for mild cases of anxiety.

Enteral Sedation

Enteral sedation, sometimes called oral conscious sedation, is for patients with more moderate cases of anxiety. This method involves the prescription of an oral medication for patients to take prior to their appointment so they arrive relaxed and calm. Patients are awake during this time but allow dental work to be done without hesitation.

IV Sedation

Severe cases of anxiety can be handled with IV sedation. IV sedation sedatives are administered straight into the bloodstream for immediate and consistent relief of anxieties. This method is best for those who are severely anxious or undergoing several dental treatments at once.

Interested in learning more about sedation dentistry at the Smile Center? Book an appointment with Dr. Gordon Kent today by calling 716-634-4090.

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The Smile Center is a great place to come to get your teeth in a healthy condition. The staff is great and friendly. There is a very positive environment here.