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 Dentistry in Buffalo NY?

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Do you find that you seem to come up with multiple excuses not to see the dentist? You’re busy. Your teeth feel fine. Whatever the justification may be, it is often masking a fear of sitting in the dental chair. At Smile Center, we believe in making the entire dental experience pleasant. What our patients quickly learn is that IV sedation goes hand in hand with excellence in dentistry. If you live in the Buffalo, NY area and want a caring, empathetic dental team that happily offers sedation, Smile Center is the place for you.

Why IV sedation is ideal for some patients

Dr. Kent is trained and experienced in multiple forms of sedation. During your consultation, you will be able to determine if you will benefit the most from laughing gas sedation, enteral sedation, or IV sedation. Many people associate IV sedation with sleep or general anesthesia. IV sedation is the strongest and must be administered by a licensed practitioner.

IV sedation induces an anxiety-free state of semi-consciousness. Often, patients do feel as though they have slept through treatment. Visits feel as though they go by very quickly, and there is typically no memory of care. Details of IV sedation include:

  • Extremely efficient for patients with severe dental anxiety
  • Ideal for more complex cases such as oral surgery
  • Intravenous delivery of sedative can be adjusted throughout treatment
  • Maximum safety protocol
  • IV sedation is not as strong as general anesthesia
  • You can breathe and swallow on your own
  • You remain conscious enough to communicate with our staff if you desire

The Smile Center team understands your fears

Our team is conscientious in the level of care we offer to each patient. We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you come through the door and we encourage you to talk with us about your previous experiences and the fears you face. Working together, we can minimize anxiety one visit at a time.

It is possible to find dentistry a positive experience! To get to know a different side of dentistry, call Smile Center at 716-634-4090.

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Mary the hygienist was absolutely amazing! I was a nervous wreck when I went in for a cleaning today and from the start she made sure that her main concern was to make sure I was comfortable and my nerves were under control. My routine cleaning ended up turning in to a bit more of challenge, but Mary went above and beyond to make sure that I was okay. She treated me like family instead of just another scared patient and that was more than I could’ve asked for. I would highly recommend her for any and all of your dental hygiene needs!