Advanced Technology and Patient Comforts
Dental technology, like those that impact daily life, has significantly improved the comfort and efficacy of every treatment we offer at Westgate Dental Center. Our Arlington Heights, IL office is fully equipped with all the latest dentistry technologies to improve every patient experience and ensure we always offer the best possible treatments in any situation. Read on to find out more about the technologies we use, or call our office to schedule an appointment today.
Pictures of teeth captured with intraoral cameras have improved the way we communicate with patients about all of their oral health and hygiene needs. Rather than trying to describe a cavity or chipped tooth, we can simply take a picture and show patients right away on our chairside computer monitors. These pictures give each patient the ability to see their smiles from our perspective, and make treatment plans with complete confidence they are receiving the best possible solution.
In the same way that intraoral cameras allow us to show patients their surface tooth structures, digital x-rays give us the ability to show patients images of the insides of their teeth. Digital x-rays are quickly and comfortably captured. Unlike traditional x-rays that had to be physically exposed and developed using hazardous chemicals, digital x-rays are immediately visible on computer monitors in the patient treatment rooms. We can show these images to patients, save the x-rays, and share them with specialists or dental labs quickly and easily.
CT / Cone Beam Scanner
Like digital x-rays, our state-of-the-art CT scanner gives us the ability to see the way that teeth work together and view the underling tooth structures. Rather than seeing just one section of the smile at a time, the cone beam scanner provides a complete, three dimensional image of the teeth, jaw, and other oral and facial structures. CT images are indispensable in the diagnosis and treatment planning for more complex oral health concerns including dental implant placement and Invisalign orthodontics.
Soft Tissue Laser
Soft tissue lasers allow us to provide patients a number of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services with minimized discomfort and healing time following treatment. Lasers allow dentists to provide very precise treatments because we can target specific areas of pigmentation. Additionally, the laser simultaneously removes damaged or excessive soft tissue and cauterizes the area being treated. That minimizes bleeding during the procedure, and it allows patients to heal more safely and quickly following their treatment.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
We do work hard to make patients feel comfortable throughout their time in our office. However, we know that there are patients who may need additional help remaining calm and free from pain during dental care. We use nitrous oxide sedation, laughing gas, to allow patients to achieve optimal comfort and relaxation. The gas is inhaled through a nasal mask and can be easily adjusted to ensure effectiveness. Best of all, the sedative effects of nitrous oxide wear away very quickly, so patients can resume daily activities right away.
Who says visiting the dentist shouldn't be relaxing? We try our best to make your visit as stress-free and dare we say it, almost enjoyable! At every visit, we offer our patients comfort items that include:
- Refreshment bar
- Sedation options
- Heated, massage chairs
- Noise reducing headphones
- New pillows and warm towels