Greetings from Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.

Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.

For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.

For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.

These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (, one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.

From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.


Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Sedation Dentistry Relieves Stress from Dental Visits

By SEO Admin on May 14, 2012

Sedation dentistry has been a godsend for people who know they need to visit the dentist, but have been too terrified to do so. Now residents of Charlotte can find a South Charlotte dentist who utilizes sedation dentistry. Knowing that they can now experience painless dentistry will no doubt bring many patients to the Blakeney dental office who would have avoided it before.

During sedation dentistry, our South Charlotte dentist sedates their patient before they begin work. The patient is given tranquilizers or other medications to ease them into a deeply relaxed state. Even the needle-phobic patient can feel at ease as sedation dentistry has other alternatives than through injections. If a needle needs to be given, it's applied when the patient is so deeply relaxed that they wont remember it. They also probably wont remember the procedure itself. However, one benefit of sedation dentistry is that the patient remains awake. This is important, because our South Charlotte dentist might instruct the patient to do something, like only partially close their mouth or put their teeth together, which they can only perform when theyre conscious.

Often, the sedation begins long before the procedure is started. The dentist might prescribe pills to help the patient relax the night before. This lets them arrive at the office in such a state of relaxation that theyre not subject to the level of terror or anxiety they would normally feel. Then, just before the sedation dentistry procedure, the patient is given a further sedative, like valium. In the case of a very phobic patient the dentist might have the sedative delivered through an IV drip, but this is rare.

Sedation dentistry has been shown to be safe and is even used on children. A responsible dentist will tailor the amount of sedatives given to the patient based on their age, height, weight, the procedure thats going to be performed and other considerations.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our sedation dentistry practices or any additional information about cosmetic dentistry, please feel free to contact ourCharlotte dentist office at 704-543-1102 or by using our convenient online appointment request form.

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