On Monday, August 5thDr. Raleigh Wright was sworn into office as an officer for the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. We are so proud of his amazing accomplishment and look forward to his term as an officer! Take a peek at some of our photos and videos of the induction below.
So, what is the NC State Board of Dental Examiners?
The purpose of the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners is to ensure that the dental profession merit and receive the confidence of the public and that only qualified persons be permitted to practice dentistry and dental hygiene in the state of North Carolina.
Other functions of the Dental Board:
The administration of Licensure Examinations for dentists and hygienists.
The promulgation of rules and enforcement of laws and regulations governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in this state.
The issuance and renewal of licenses to dentists and dental hygienists.
Read about the latest information regarding CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Technology) which is a way by which our doctors can more easily evaluate a key factor in Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which is the airway itself. According to Dr. Ciesielski, utilizing CBCT can be, “a game-changer for the dental sleep clinician who is willing to implement the technology in their day to day practice.”
Using Cone Beam Computed Technology Scans at Lane & Associates
TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) and Sleep Apnea can often go undiagnosed. This new CBCT system is very beneficial to the patients themselves. According to Mallory Harris, this gives something tangible that patients can visualize. Lane & Associates prides itself on being on the forefront of advanced dental & medical technology which includes our CBCT scans. According to Dr. Don Lane, “A large part of our practice is treating TMD associated disorders…Since we have added the CBCT in our office I feel that we have the ability to really fill in the blanks for these patients and show them a beautiful 3D presentation of exactly what is going on with them.”
Mother’s Day is truly a time to reflect on moments with our moms. And of course, “moms” can come in all shapes, sizes, and descriptions – from Mothers, Stepmothers, Grandmothers, to even our friends that are the “mom” of the group! We at Lane & Associates and NCOSO treasure these moms of our lives and wanted to take a moment this Mother’s Day to ask some of our employees what being a mom means to them. Take a look at their responses below!
Responses from our Team:
“Being a mom is the biggest blessing. To have an innocent child that God created just for you to care for and they depend on you for everything. Lawson looks and smiles at me and my heart skips beats!”
“A mom means being a doctor, a lawyer, and a referee. A mom means finding something else worth living for outside of yourself. A mom means sharing a never-ending stream of love with another person that does not ever change or waiver, that’s unconditional!”
“Being a Mom is by far my greatest blessing! The best part about motherhood is the unconditional, rewarding love that exists between my sons and I. Becoming a Mom has taught me to love harder than I ever have and to stop and appreciate the beautiful things in life I previously took for granted.”
“Being a mom is LOVE. From the selfless acts of carrying and giving birth to being the provider of a child’s wants and needs, is the very essence of what love means. To lay down one’s own life is undeniably the most beautiful gift. From the sweetest smiles, the brightest eyes, and the cutest giggles that fill your life with happiness and joy. Knowing that they too, one day will know how to feel and express love is in return the greatest gift anyone could receive.
So… if I boiled this all down, it’s like I gave myself the most expensive, greatest gifts one could ever receive!”
“Bedtime snuggles are my favorite part of my day. When we all are winding down and getting ready for bed. Reading books and telling stories. There is nothing that lights up my heart more than when my son asks for me to tell a bedtime story. They always start with “Once upon a time there was a dragon named Declan and a unicorn named Aurora” Or “a dinosaur named Declan and a pony named Aurora.” The stories always end with hugs and kisses. His baby sister waving and saying “byyyeeee.” Just the image is enough to make my heart full.
It’s like by the end of the night when they both are asleep, I can’t remember that my 4-year-old son purposely dumped his juice on the carpet. Or that his 2-year-old sister somehow got sour cream in her hair. But its like motherhood is a paradox. It can be messy and gross. But it can also be sweet and beautiful.
There is one thing I have learned since becoming a mother and it’s “there’s no love like a mother’s love.”
“Motherhood is sort of like a roller coaster. The thrills, the twists, the turns…
As my children become adults I have quickly realized that being a mom does not stop at 18 years old. They still need me, even if they don’t know it! Being a mom does not mean perfection…mistakes are made…lessons learned, but I do know that my children will always know they were loved deeply. If I could offer one piece of advice, Love hard, laugh a lot, and be involved as much as possible.”
Thank you to all of our employees and patients who are Moms. We hope you have a beautiful Mother’s Day filled with love!
Lane & Associates Family Dentistry prides itself on being involved in our local communities and truly listening to our patients’ needs. In our Southern Pines/Pinehurst Area dental office, our team knew that we not only needed a new location to better serve our patients but also a wider range of services.
Dr. Wright: We offer everything from a Child’s First Dental Visit where we make it happy and fun for them all the way up to Adults and elderly people helping them with maintaining their teeth and their smiles for a Lifetime. We offer all services from Orthodontic care to Oral Surgery needs, implant dentistry, we just got our new CADCAM Dentistrywhich offers same-day crowns (These are one-visit crowns instead of having to come back for two visits). So, we’re pretty much a one-stop shop for all of your dental needs.
Dr. Wright: So around 3 years old is usually the standard but if you have a small child or a baby under the age of 3 years old that looks like they have some needs, we are more than happy to see them! Many of our offices are actually in the process of adding Baby Oral Exams.
Amy: One of the new features of your website is that new patients can register online. So whether it’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon or 3 in the morning and somebody decides that they need to come in to see you or one of the other providers, they can hop on that website and do a new patient registration. Which is very very convenient.
Dr. Wright: So right now we are offering New patients that come in for their first cleaning and initial visit – the Quip Toothbrush. Which is a popular trending innovation in electric toothbrushes and everybody is in love with it. So you get that for Free if you are a new hygiene patient with us. We also are offering orthodontic patients, a Waterpik water flosser after new ortho treatment.
Amy: So speaking of Orthodontics, that’s something that’s relatively new to Lane & Associates and you see all ages for Orthodontics, from children up to Adults.
Dr. Wright: Yes, you’d be surprised how many adults want to get their teeth straight again if they didn’t wear their retainers after they had their braces on back in high school.
Amy: Yup, when mom and dad got on them and said, “Wear your retainer!” And soInvisalignis also another option?
Dr. Wright: Absolutely, yes.
Amy: So, Lane & Associates is located on Highway 15/501 in Southern Pines NC, across the street from Zaxby’s Restaurant, in the former Chamber of Commerce building. Make sure to visit LANEDDS.COM to get more information about the providers, their services, and for new patients to register online!
At Lane & Associates Family Dentistry we pride ourselves on giving back to the community and always doing everything in our power to help our patients succeed. On October 5th, 2018 our staff in the Garner NC location got that chance in an incredible life-saving way.
Last fall shots were fired outside of our Cleveland Rd. dental office and our team had to think quickly. Across the street, Isai Ntirenganya was working at the E-Zee Auto Sales car dealership when he was held at gunpoint in an attempted robbery. In his efforts to escape, he was shot twice in his lower jaw & slowly made his way to the Lane & Associates office seeking help. Immediately, our Garner staff members went to the victim’s aid in the parking lot and brought him inside.
Once inside, Dr. Matt Miller, a sedation dentist with prior military experience, and his surgical team were able to monitor and stabilize Isai before paramedics arrived. They began an IV in an attempt to replenish his fluids and account for blood loss while also using materials around the wound to attempt to stop the bleeding.
Hear Dr. Miller’s story here:
Weeks after the traumatic event, Isai stopped by to visit the team in Garner that likely saved his life. He wanted to thank them in person for everything they did and our office was so thrilled to see that he survived the attack.
This week it was confirmed that one of the suspects responsible for the attack has been apprehended. We are so proud of our staff for facing this emergency situation and also proud of the Johnston County Police Department for apprehending the suspect. Both have truly demonstrated what it means to be heroes.