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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
Q. Why are regular dental checkups important?
A. Checkups allow dentists in Charlotte to look for problems with the health of your teeth and gums. In the long term, this may identify lesions before they become cancerous and prevent complications from gum disease. Because dental health is linked to overall health, checkups can also catch general health issues.
Q. How can I enjoy anxiety free dentistry?
A. Thanks to sedation dentistry and other modern dental technology, most procedures are nearly or totally pain-free. Dentists in Charlotte are happy to share these new conveniences with patients. In addition to asking about anxiety free dentistry, you can take the following steps to ensure that your next dental appointment is a breeze.
1. Let the dental staff know about your worries. This has been shown to reduce pain.
2. Visualize yourself relaxing in the dental chair.
3. Play your own music on a personal MP3 player or CD player.
Hypnosis and relaxation techniques can also ease your dental experience and can even be combined with sedation dentistry.
Q. Is it true that aromatherapy relaxes some dental patients?
A. Yes, a study performed at Case Western Reserve University showed that aromatherapy relaxed two-thirds of subjects more than those who weren't exposed to aromatherapy. You can do this at home, but you may be able to get aromatherapy at your dentist's office.
Q. Are antibiotics recommended before appointments for patients at risk of bacterial infections?
A. Individuals who are at risk of heart infections from oral bacteria that enter through dental incisions will need to take antibiotics before invasive procedures. Ask your dentist for personal information regarding this issue.
Q. I don't have enough money for dental treatment. Where can I get treatment?
A. If you can't afford dental visits and lack insurance, contact community sources for financial assistance. Dental schools and public clinics may also be able to offer you discounted dental work.