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
Many people live in fear of dentists in Charlotte and throughout the world. Now, scientists have identified factors that cause patients to avoid visits to the dentist, which has helped dentists like Dr. Betancourt and Dr. Pinnix understand how to ease those fears and reduce your dental anxiety.
If patients stay optimistic and maintain a sense of humor, they don t fear the dentist as much. According to surveys, more than half of adults are afraid of dental appointments, with some experiencing a serious phobia that prevents them from getting the treatment they need. Fortunately, research has shown that patients can more easily cope with visits to the dentist by using certain techniques.
Effective Strategies for Coping
When a questionnaire was given to patients suffering from dental fear, a number of strategies were evaluated. Many patients used their own strength to fight their fear of the dentist. Some patients distracted themselves to make treatment more pleasant. Others were able to deal minimize the feelings associated with dental treatment by distancing themselves from it, but others prayed that treatment would end soon, and some focused on the future rather than the present.
There is no doubt that some forms of coping work better than others. When patients use optimism and positivity, most don t fear the dentist. In some cases, patient using humor have had the most success dealing with the stress of dental treatment. Over time, psychological barriers can be defeated through the use of humor by patients and dentists. This success can be bolstered by supporting well-being, supporting a positive atmosphere and relieving stress.
Out of all the possible coping strategies, optimism has been shown to have some of the greatest positive effect in reducing fear of dental appointments. Patients who use humor have shown significant resistance to fear of dental treatment. Barriers to dental treatment can be defeated by humor and optimism as a stress-free, positive atmosphere is created. Overall, patients are less likely to fear of dentists in Charlotte if they practice certain psychological strategies beforehand.