Are you one of the millions of people who have put off going to the dentist because of the anxiety and fear associated with some types of dental care? Has it been 5, 10, 15, even 20 years since you last had any dental treatment? Would you appreciate being completely sedated, have all your dental needs taken care of in perhaps one appointment…and afterward remember very little about your visit?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then the office of Dr. William Linger can help.Dr. Linger has been one of the most trusted names in dental sedation, safely and effectively treating patients in Charlotte, NC since the 1990’s.
Using Sedation to Help You Relax
Sedation dentistry uses safe medications to help you relax during your dental procedure. Sedation dentistry can help remove the fear and anxiety that some people have going to see the dentist. “We are in the people business,” says Dr. Linger. “Our goal is to keep our patients comfortable, calm their fears, and help them to have the best experience possible while we take care of their teeth and any issues they may have. This is where our knowledge and use of sedation dentistry sets us apart.”
Sedation dentistry is sometimes called “sleep dentistry.” While most patients are never given a general anesthesia, our use of sedation medicines helps patients relax to the point that many actually do gently fall asleep…almost a napping state. Sedation dentistry does not put you to sleep. Patients are fully aware of what is happening and communication with Dr. Linger and our staff is always maintained.
Our patients enjoy sedation dentistry because we offer several levels of this safe practice. Minimal sedation allows patients to be relaxed and totally awake and aware of what is happening. Moderate sedation allows the patient to gently fall asleep and not recall much of what has happened. Deep sedation allows our patients to be asleep and easily awakened. And general anesthesia allows you to be totally asleep and unconscious.
Talk with our staff and Dr. Linger about your choices of sedation available. Sedation dentistry can help you relax and make all of our dental surgery procedures feel not as uncomfortable as you may have imagined!
Types of Sedation
IV Sedation is the “Gold Standard” for safety and effectiveness in dental sedation. This form of sedation is designed to make you completely comfortable during your treatment. Because of the level of advanced training needed, very few dental offices offer IV Sedation. For this reason, Dr. Linger accepts referrals from other doctors to treat their patients with IV Sedation.
Even fewer offices offer comprehensive dental care with IV Sedation like our office. This means that you can have a wide range of dental treatment from cleanings and basic care like fillings and crowns, to Root Canals, wisdom teeth removal and Dental Implant surgery all in one location with IV Sedation. With IV Sedation, you will not know, will not care and will not remember your treatment visit.
Dr. Linger has the highest level of certification available for North Carolina Dentists providing Oral Sedation. Oral sedation medication can help reduce any previous history of bad visits or experiences at the dentist and help to avoid any recall of those memories. You are carefully monitored and observed during the time you are at our office with oral sedation.
Nitrous Oxide is often called “laughing gas” because it can produce a calming euphoric affect. Nitrous Oxide is administered with oxygen as the patient breathes in through the nose to help them relax and remove dental anxiety. Although you won’t get the giggles, you will experience a light, airy feeling. But once the mask is removed, the effects subside quickly.
Dental Surgery and Sedation
Dental surgery with Dr. Linger introduces the latest microsurgery procedures and microscopic equipment. Dental surgery can resolve discomfort, disease, and infections that are in your mouth, teeth, and gums. Dr. Linger incorporates the very latest in safe dental sedation techniques to help calm your anxiety and fears while keeping you comfortable during these procedures.
Safety is our primary concern with our sedation patients. Dr. Linger has an unmatched level of training providing Sedation to Dental Patients:
Sadie is a Cockapoo (non-shedding, hypo-allergenic) with a calm and loving personality. She loves to make your visit comfortable. Sadie can even sit on your lap if you want. Our patients with anxiety say that having Sadie with them helps make their visit very comfortable.
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“Dr. Linger, Well, it’s been about 72 hours since you completed stage four of my new smile and to say the least…I am totally thrilled with the result. You are the ultimate Doctor. Your concerns about me, making me feel comfortable and doing all the right things were not overlooked. Even thought I am just another patient, you made me feel like I was the only one you had. I was and am overwhelmed by your patience with someone like me that obviously has to deal with big time anxiety in a Dentist’s office. MANY, MANY THANKS TO YOU!I just wanted to say how grateful I am that you were able to do this for me. Without the help and skill of your staff. I would have been more of a basket case than I already am when I walk into any dentist office. You guys made me feel comfortable with all that you did. Once again, thank you and your staff for making my smile what it is today. My life has changed because of this procedure (for the better I must add) and it all happened because of you and your staff.”
“The team I have worked mostly with are pure gems. They know what I prefer (blanket, white nitrous mask, movies) and are sure to have it all in place ready for me. The bedside manner is unparalleled, as they check in with you as you are being treated, keep you informed of what is happening (if you want), and ensure your comfort — in a special way. It’s hard to explain, but you just know it’s different when you are there!”
“It has been a long journey but if I can do it, anyone can. I was so afraid to go to the dentist based on several past unpleasant experiences that I tried to do my own dental work by ordering Cavit over the internet, a temporary fix for cavities. Dr. Linger and his high performance team are awesome. They showed that they cared from day one and continue to do so. Today, I look forward to my dental visits with little apprehension. Keep up the super fantastic work!!”