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1066 Bermuda Run · Statesboro, Georgia 30458 CALL: 912.764.5625

Comprehensive Dental Care

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Advanced Services

Ricky Lane, DDS, MAGD is a comprehensive dentist, meaning he is skilled in all phases of general dentistry, and has received advanced training in aesthetic and restorative dentistry. He has been practicing dentistry for over 25 years with a commitment to deliver outstanding, comprehensive care for all of his patients.

Dr. Lane understands the importance of staying current with developments in dental technology and techniques. Whether you are in need of family preventive dentistry, or extensive restorative care, Dr. Lane has the training and tools to provide a full range of dental services, right here in the comfort of our Statesboro dental office.

Sedation Dentistry

It is common for patients who have had difficulties with dental procedures in the past to experience increased anxiety about having further dental treatment. Dental sedation can help to alleviate the fear associated with visiting the dentist and make treatment more comfortable. Sedation options available at the office of Statesboro dentist, Dr. Ricky Lane, include Nitrous Oxide and Oral Conscious Sedation.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation, or "laughing gas", is breathed through a nose mask during the dental procedure. Nitrous Oxide has the effect of a mild sedative, but you are awake and aware of your surroundings. The effects of the gas wear off quickly once the mask is removed. Nitrous Oxide is ideal for patients that have trouble relaxing during dental procedures, or for those with a strong gag reflex.

Oral Conscious Sedation is a convenient approach for patients in need of extensive dental treatment, allowing Dr. Lane to complete your procedure(s) in a single, longer appointment. Prescription oral medications will be taken on the day of your appointment. Accompanied by a friend or family member, you will arrive in our office in a highly relaxed state. You will be awake and able to respond, but will not likely remember much about the experience.

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Snoring affects millions of Americans of all ages and genders. Along with being a potential disturbance to loved ones during the night, snoring may also be a sign of a more serious condition – Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). When you snore, the muscles and soft tissue in the mouth and throat vibrate. In cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the upper airway becomes restricted, causing you to wake up. Continued disruptions of the sleep cycle have been associated with cardiovascular problems, excessive daytime sleepiness and depression.

restricted air flow in the sinus passage and throat

Obstructive Sleep Apnea symptoms may include:

  • Restless sleep
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Morning headaches
  • Night sweats

Dr. Lane can design an oral appliance to minimize snoring by keeping your airway open during sleep. Your oral appliance will fit your mouth, allowing you to sleep comfortably. Patients with serious cases of snoring and sleep apnea may require treatment from a sleep specialist.

TMJ/TMD Treatment

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is commonly known as the jaw joint, can be the source of significant pain and discomfort. Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) can be caused by a number of factors, such as arthritis in the TMJ, injury to the TMJ, jaw, or neck muscles, or grinding and clenching of the teeth.

man experiencing pain in the jaw joint

If you suffer from TMD, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Locked jaw, popping, clicking, or grating sounds in the jaw joint
  • Pain or ringing in the ear
  • Pain in the jaw joint, shoulders, neck or face
  • Headaches and difficulty chewing

In addition to being used for cosmetic purposes, Botox® medication can be used to treat TMJ disorders and jaw tension. Botox® injections can eliminate headaches caused by teeth grinding, as well as minimizing lock jaw. Botox® works to treat TMJ disorders and jaw pain by rendering the muscles unable to engage in teeth grinding and clenching. Botox® treatment for TMJ disorders is fast, simple, and comfortable. While it may take up to a week to experience full relief, most patients notice improvement within one or two days of their first treatment. Contact us for more information about how Botox® can be used to treat symptoms of TMD.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

As dental professionals, we try to prevent the need for tooth extraction. However, extraction is commonly recommended in the case of third molars, referred to as "wisdom teeth." These teeth, located at the very back of the mouth, begin to erupt in the late teen years, but there is often not enough room to accommodate them, resulting in overcrowding or damage to adjacent teeth. Wisdom teeth can be very difficult to keep clean, leading to tooth decay and periodontal disease.

x-ray showing impacted wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth that fail to erupt properly can become impacted below the gum line. Impacted wisdom teeth require surgical extraction in order to avoid painful cysts and abscesses.

Following a complete examination and analysis of your digital x-rays, Dr. Lane will talk with you about sedation options, what to expect on the day of surgery, and post-operative care.

Protect your oral health. If you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort, in need of extensive dental treatment or surgical care, contact us to arrange for a personal consultation.