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.

What is IV Sedation?

Doctor dentist holding syringe, pursuing dental anesthesia procedure

Anxiety or fear can cause individuals not to receive the dental care they need and deserve. Many patients avoid making dental appointments due to this unwarranted fear of the dentist’s chair. However, dentists such as Dr. Kent, of The Smile Center, offer various forms of sedation to help ease the patient’s concerns, including IV sedation. Buffalo NY residents can rely on IV sedation to relax and become comfortable during their dental visit.

IV sedation is one of the strongest forms of dental sedation, and requires a specialized license to administer. It is a type of conscious dental sedation, and induces deeper conscious sedation that allows patients the ability to be greatly reduced anxiety and often no memory of the procedures being done. Unlike general anesthesia, patients are semi-conscious throughout the procedure. They are able to respond to instructions from the dentist, and breathe and swallow on their own. Patients are carefully monitored during the entire procedure when under IV sedation. It is highly effective.

For those who do not need strong sedation such as IV sedation, there are other ways for Dr. Kent to comfort patients.

Enteral conscious sedation, which allows patients to take a pill before their appointment, can also help with anxious or fearful patients to relax not only during the dental visit but also reduce worry before the dental appointment.

laughing gas sedation, is also available and wonderful. It not only will make you happier, but it often will also reduce memory, and an added bonus is that the patient is able to drive themselves home immediately after having had only laughing gas because it wears off quickly.

Each sedation type has its own specific benefits, and every patient requires different levels of sedation. Before their dental appointment and procedures, patients can discuss their sedation needs thoroughly so that they and the dentist can determine which type of sedation is right for them.

Sedation can be used for patients that are not only fearful, but for patients with strong gag reflexes, or those undergoing extremely long procedures.

At the Smile Center, “We Cater To Cowards!” Dr. Kent wants to ensure that all patients are relaxed and comfortable as possible during their treatment. A beautiful healthy smile makes a happy patient, and by providing various levels of sedation, patients can enjoy visiting the dental office more than ever before.

If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry and find a way to make it to an appointment without the overwhelming fear and anxiety, call The Smile Center today to schedule a consultation about your smile and learn how sedation dentistry can help.

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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.