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.

How to get over your fear of going to the dentist in Buffalo, NY with sedation dentistry

How to Get Over Your Fear of Going to the Dentist in Buffalo NY area

At the Smile Center of Buffalo, NY, patients who are interested in visiting the dentist may have some anxieties about doing so. However, with sedation, you can learn how to get over your fear of going to the dentist and have a positive experience every time!

What is sedation dentistry?

Dr. Gordon Kent uses sedation to help patients feel relaxed and at ease, regardless of the treatment being obtained. Our practice offers several different types of sedation to choose from, depending on how high the level of anxiety is. Below are the options patients can learn about when they consult with our dentist:

  • Enteral sedation – enteral sedation, or “oral conscious sedation,” is better for patients with mild to moderate anxieties. This type of sedation is a prescription medication. The medication must be taken approximately thirty minutes to one hour before patients are transported to the dental office for their treatment. They will arrive relaxed and calm and ready for their treatment. Enteral sedation can be used for extensive procedures or even simple cleanings, depending on the level of anxiety the patient deals with. It can also be combined with laughing gas or IV sedation.
  • IV sedation – for patients with severe anxieties, our team provides IV sedation. This sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream to help patients reach a deep relaxation during their procedure. This is best for patients who are undergoing major dental work such as smile rehabilitation or the placement of several dental implants. This level of sedation is administered and monitored by our dental team to ensure patients are safe throughout the treatment, and to adjust the administration of medication if needed.



Which sedation method is most appropriate for my needs?

At the Smile Center, we want our patients to feel at ease when they visit to ensure a positive experience. With three different options for sedation, we find that many of our patients can find the one that best suits their level of anxiety. We encourage patients to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Gordon Kent to discuss sedation and choose the method best for them.

Ready to get over your fear of the dentist?

Call the practice of Dr. Gordon Kent at 716-634-4090 to speak to our team about the advantages of sedation. The Smile Center is conveniently located at 4427 Union Road and is accepting new patients and families seeking quality dental care.


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Always very professional and friendly. The register dental hygienist Mary is great. She really makes you feel comfortable and understands people have ” dental anxiety”. She always puts me at ease.