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

Charlotte Cosmetic Dentist Explains Sedation Dentistry

By SEO Admin on June 18, 2012

Too many people put off going to the dentist out of fear. Sedation dentistry can help patients with a fear of needles, drills, and dental pain to feel more relaxed during their procedure. This safe, proven method may help those who avoid the dentist to get the care for their teeth they need.

Most sedation dentistry procedures consist of either drug, nitrous oxide, or a combination of the two while some specialists are trained to provide IV sedation and general anesthesia , such as Dr. Pinnix and Dr. Betancourt of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney. The drugs given are mild sedative medications the patient takes before the appointment for relaxation. Because these drugs can slow reaction times, the patient cannot drive to or from the appointment. Some patients may also receive nitrous oxide with the sedative medications to enhance the reduction in anxiety and to provide a small amount of pain relief.

During the procedure, the patient is not "knocked out" or completely asleep; however, if the patient or procedure require it, general anesthesia can be implemented as some dentists in Charlotte have practiced. During the next day, the events of the day before may not be remembered because some sedative medications may produce mild, temporary amnesia, but some see this as a benefit because it means that they do not remember the dental procedure.

Dentists in Charlotte, like those at our Blakeney dental office, will need to know about other medications the patient is taking to avoid adverse side effects from combining the sedatives with other drugs. Patients will also be monitored during the dental procedure to ensure that their vital signs are normal. Sedation dentistry is safer than using a general anesthesia, and adverse reactions are rare.

Anyone interested in sedation dentistry is encouraged to phone the Blakeney dental office to make an appointment to discuss the matter with a dentist.

If you have any questions or would like more information about easing your dental fears with sedation 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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