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: A New Hope for Patients with Extreme Dental Phobias By SEO Admin on November 28, 2012

Sometimes patients may become a little nervous when it comes time for their dental visit. However, for a true dental phobia, someone walking in the front door and smelling the natural odor of a dentist office, will send them running. Before all the new technology in the field of dentistry was introduced, people would refuse the dentist office, no matter how bad their teeth were getting due to the fear of either the dentist, the procedures or the noises within the office.

Thank goodness, times have changed with sedation dentistry being performed by dentists in Charlotte, NC. With sedation dental services, the dentist is able to perform the necessary procedures while the patient is relaxed in the chair, barely aware of the dental procedures being done.

Using sedation dentistry, the dentist is able to complete many, if not all, of the procedures needed in just one visit. This of course, is a big relief to the patient who has had to deal with dental phobias that most people cannot comprehend. There are a few different methods of sedation dental services offered by some of the dentists in Charlotte, like Dr. George Betancourt and Dr. John Pinnix.

As a first line of defense for fearful patients, many dentists in Charlotte offer nitrous oxide, which causes relaxation for most people.

The dentist may also prescribe medications such as Valium to be taken right before the patient's appointment to help them remain calm. In addition, the use of Halcion and Versed are used as oral sedation drugs. Nitrous oxide can be used in conjunction with these medications for more extreme cases.

IV sedation dental services are usually reserved for oral surgeons when they need to remove several teeth at one time. The anxious patient remembers nothing once they wake up and the procedures are completed.

Today, with the technology and medications used for patients with dental phobias, everyone can now have the beautiful smile they always wanted.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our sedation dentistry treatments, please feel free to contact ourCharlotte dentist officeat 704-543-1102 or by using our convenient onlineappointment request form.

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