As we begin to see more news about COVID-19 (coronavirus), Smile Center will be taking some additional steps to protect the health and safety of our patients and team.

We adhere to the ADA and CDC cleaning guidelines at all times, and all standard sterilization measures are followed.

Additionally, we have increased our daily cleaning and disinfecting measures to include frequently-touched surfaces, such as counter tops, door handles, bathroom surfaces, and more. We encourage our staff to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands thoroughly. We encourage our patients to do the same.

During this time we will be available only for emergencies. If you have a true emergency please call 716-634-4090

If you answer YES to any of the following questions, please CALL OUR OFFICE to reschedule your appointment. No cancellation fee or penalty will apply. Answer Questions
  • Have you traveled outside of the continental US in the past 14 days?
  • Have you traveled to/from high-risk areas in the US or on a cruise ship in the past 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset?
  • Do you currently have a fever or symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)?
  • Do you feel ill in any way?
Just like with our patients, we have asked our team members to stay home if they feel ill. Your health and well being are our top priority. We are monitoring the situation and updating our standards and policies as new information emerges. We promise to do everything in our power to keep you safe.

Please call our office if you have any questions.

Your Buffalo dentist improves your experience with IV sedation

Equipment for sedation in dental surgery

In the common medical setting, patients receiving certain types of care are offered some type of sedation to ensure comfort and alleviate anxiety. In many situations, the use of sedation can facilitate a smooth procedure. It has only been a recent development of dentistry, however, to offer patients sedation for routine treatments. At the Smile Center in Buffalo, we believe our patients deserve the highest standard of compassionate care, which is why we offer laughing gas, enteral sedation, and IV sedation.

Various sedation options for a positive solution

Laughing gas was the first common form of sedation to be offered in the field of dentistry. This sedative is mixed with oxygen and inhaled for fast-acting effect. Through the years, laughing gas earned the name “laughing gas” for its ability to evoke feelings of euphoria, sometimes causing patients to giggle. Laughing gas is an ideal sedative for mildly anxious dental patients, but may not be suitable for those with serious dental anxiety.

Although many people quickly assume enteral sedation, or oral sedation, may be the ideal choice for them, several benefits come with IV sedation that are well worth considering. One of the nicest benefits of IV sedation is the ability to adjust dosage throughout a procedure. This flexibility allows us to ensure that the proper degree of relaxation is maintained from the onset of treatment until its completion.

What to expect

IV sedation is sometimes erroneously referred to as “sleep dentistry.” This terminology can make IV sedation seem like general anesthesia, which it is not. IV sedation in the dental setting causes deep relaxation, but the patient remains conscious and able to communicate if he or she so desires. Typically, the effects of IV sedation will feel more like pleasant drowsiness.

During treatment with IV sedation, patients are closely monitored so that adjustments can be made if needed.

If you feel anxious about seeing the dentist, sedation dentistry may be the ideal solution to your fears. Dr. Kent and his staff are experienced with the various forms of sedation. We offer gentle, precise care for your dental needs.

For more information, or to schedule your consultation for sedation dentistry, contact us at 716-634-4090.

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Dr. Kent is FANTASTIC! He did a wonderful job on my implants, and gave me my smile back! I cant thank him and his team enough!