Focused and specialized treatment strategies for various neurological disorders are continuously being developed. Our team stays at the cusp of the developments, often assisting in the research, and as treatments become available the most promising are considered for our patients. Below is a sampling of the treatments Dent clinicians currently offer in-house for relief and management of these unique conditions.
Botulinum Toxin Treatment (Chemodenervation)
Dent physicians have more than a decade of experience in the neurological uses of botulinum toxins (also known by the trade names Botox®, Dysport® , or Xeomin). While a popular cosmetic treatment, it is also very effective in the treatment of muscle spasms and spasticity resulting from conditions such as stroke, MS, and cerebral palsy; head and neck pain; dysphonia (voice disorder); hyperhidrost (excessive sweating); and sialorrhea (excessive salivation).
Nerve Block and/or Trigger Point Injections
Nerve Block and Trigger Point Injections, both outpatient procedures, have been seen to help patients manage chronic pain caused by a number of conditions. Nerve blocks target certain nerves or groups of nerves causing the discomfort, where Trigger Point Injections are used to treat painful areas of muscle or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. DENT team members are specifically trained in delivering these therapies to reduce pain and inflammation in the head, neck, legs, lower back and other areas of the body affected.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy is a state-of-the-art treatment utilized by our doctors to help treat adult patients with major depressive disorder. The treatment utilizes short pulses of a focused magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. This brief painless treatment is performed in a quiet, comfortable setting under the supervision of a psychiatrist and is done while the patient is awake and alert.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Dent now offers outpatient electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as an important service in the Psychiatric and Behavioral Health division at our new, state-of-the-art Orchard Park location. As the first ECT program in Western New York to be offered in a private-practice setting rather than a hospital, patients benefit from personalized care with the highest-quality trained medical staff in a therapeutic warm environment. In addition, our center offers significantly improved access, convenience and cost. ECT is a very effective treatment for patients who suffer from severe depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia or other related diseases. ECT is a proven, safe and viable option for treating patients who are not able to experience basic quality of life due to their condition. 80 - 90% of ECT patients repsond favorable, which is double the remission rate of those treated with antidepressant medications.
The infusion center offers a wide variety of treatments including those for Migraines/Headaches, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis/Rheumatology, Cancer Chemotherapy, and Pulmonary Disease. A highly trained team of nurses supervise and administer IV therapies, and when appropriate teaches patients certain IV antibiotic self-administration techniques.