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.

For many in Buffalo, sedation is the best approach for stress free visits to the dentist

Female patient at dentist getting treatment

Based on statistics, we know that three in every four Americans feel at least a little anxiety about receiving dental care. For twenty percent of these anxious patients, fear is enough to keep them from maintaining regular visits to the dentist. The team at Smile Center has extensive experience in providing gentle, compassionate dental care. We like to say that we cater to cowards, because we offer solutions that help anxious dental patients find dental visits far more pleasant than they could have ever imagined.

We understand that, for many people, the best way to provide care is with sedation. When you visit your dentist at Smile Center in Buffalo, you should feel at ease. We offer three types of sedation to facilitate positive, productive visits.

Laughing gas is a sedative that has been used in dentistry for well over a century. First discovered in the late 1700s, laughing gas is a gas with no color and no odor. When inhaled, it has positive sedative effects. In the dental setting, laughing gas is mixed with oxygen and delivered via a comfortable mask. Patients who receive this sedative quickly feel their anxiety diminishing. Many report a dream-like, euphoric feeling of happiness due to the effects of laughing gas. The effects of laughing gas wear off within minutes of completion of treatment. This means that the patient may safely resume all activities immediately, including driving.

Enteral sedation is the use of a prescription oral medication, taken about an hour before dental visits. This type of sedative will cause significant relaxation. Though it is necessary to obtain reliable transportation to and from our office when oral sedation is prescribed, we find that this is one of the most popular options among our patients.

We are happy to offer our patients IV sedation, as not all dental practices hold the proper license to do so. IV sedation includes the direct administration of sedative medication into the bloodstream, which very quickly produces a wonderful relaxing effect. IV sedation may be used for lengthy procedures, to allow a patient to complete a greater amount of treatment in a single visit, or simply to calm a very nervous patient. A nice benefit to IV sedation is that little to no recollection of dental treatment may remain.

We are so fortunate to live in a time when anxiety does not have to be a part of dental care. To experience positive visits to your dentist, contact Smile Center to learn more about sedation dentistry.

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I have been a Smile Center patient for 5 years now and I have always had a pleasant experience. The staff are super friendly and very informative and attentive to your needs. I’ve had crown work as well as cavity fillings and regular teeth cleanings and my experience is always a good one. I recommend them for all your periodontal needs.