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

Ways You Can Now Afford A Sedation Dentist In South Charlotte

By SEO Admin on April 24, 2014

Anxiety and fear are some of the feelings that people experience when they visit a dentist. The good news is that sedation dentistry is available today, which can help you feel more comfortable about seeing a dentist, especially for cosmetic dentistry procedures. Price is one of the things that people keep in mind when they are looking for South Charlotte cosmetic dentists. Most people spend a lot of time trying to find affordable sedation dentists. It is important to remember that there are several factors that affect the cost of sedation dentistry and some of those factors include insurance coverage, geographic location and the dentist.

It is hard to find out what you will be paying for a treatment without speaking to a dentist first. However, you will be able to get an idea of how much you will be able to pay by comparing the cost of the different sedation techniques. Below are some of the sedation techniques that South Charlotte cosmetic dentists often use:

Oral Sedatives
This is the most common sedation treatment used. Prescription coverage, the dosage and whether the drug is brand name or generic are some of the factors that affect the cost. Valium is the drug that sedation dentists use most often on adults. Dentists typically use Triazolam for children.

Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide is often referred to as laughing gas. It costs about as much as oral sedatives. The cost typically ranges from $75 to $100. If you are receiving a very painful dental procedure, then nitrous oxide may be the right option for you.

Anesthesia is typically reserved for dental procedures that are very complex. There is both general and intravenous anesthesia. However, it is important to note that the use of anesthesia comes with risks. It also costs a lot more than oral or IV sedation. If your dentist recommends that anesthesia is used, then you will need to get recommendations for anesthesiologists.

Doing your homework is one of the keys to finding affordable sedation dentists and you will quickly understand pricing can vary greatly. Even though it is important to select a dentist that you can afford, price is not the only factor that needs to be taken into consideration. A dentist that is experienced and highly-trained will probably charge more than a new dentist. Administrative costs can also affect the price that you will pay for sedation. Sedation can be pricey, but the peace of mind that you get when you have a procedure performed is priceless.

We do not want anxiety keeping you from visiting our Blakeney dentist office. Our dentists will help you get comfortable in explaining your options so you will not feel any discomfort or pain to get your teeth cleaned, a tooth removed, teeth whitened or any other general or cosmetic dentistry procedure you may require. Give us a call today to get scheduled for your next appointment.

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