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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

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea: What Steps Are Involved

By Dr. Pinnix on January 30, 2018

Looking over a patient's chartMany people think that sleep apnea is just a bad case of snoring. That is definitely not the case. Sleep apnea refers to interruptions in your breathing during sleep. These interruptions can last a few seconds to a few minutes and can occur throughout the night as you sleep. Sleep apnea can cause or contribute to a variety of health problems over time, including high blood pressure, excessive weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and depression. It’s important to undergo sleep apnea treatment as soon as possible to improve your overall wellness.

The team at our Charlotte, NC dental care practice offers a number of options to address sleep apnea. The first step in getting treating is being properly diagnosed. Let’s take a moment to explore that process and what it entails.

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

To determine if you might suffer from sleep apnea, consider if you exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Loud or excessive snoring
  • Waking up at night frequently
  • Shortness of breath during sleep
  • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Daytime drowsiness (hypersomnia)
  • Difficulty paying attention

Speak with Your Doctor

If you or your partner notice any combination of the above symptoms, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor. Your general practitioner will have more insight into how to address all of these issues. You may be asked to take a small quiz to verify some of the symptoms in addition to a physical examination.

In-Office Sleep Study

In order to diagnose sleep apnea, many patients undergo a sleep study known as a polysomnogram. Patients will sleep in a special sleep study center, allowing their behavior and vital signs to be monitored by professionals using state-of-the-art equipment to measure brain activity, muscle activity, breathing patterns, and the amount of oxygen in your blood.

The following equipment may also be used during the sleep study:

  • EEG (Electroencephalogram) to record brain wave activity
  • EMG (Electromyogram) to record the activity of your muscles
  • EOG (Electro-oculogram) to record eye movements
  • ECG (Electrocardiogram) to record your heartbeat
  • Nasal airflow sensor
  • Snore microphone

At-Home Sleep Testing

In some cases, patients may be able to undergo a sleep test while at home. This involves the use of certain equipment provided to the patient in order to measure breathing, oxygen levels in the blood, heart rate, and so forth. The testing may not be as involved as the in-office study, but the data collected will be helpful in treatment.

Going Over the Data and Findings

A sleep specialist can go over the data collected from your sleep study and determine what kind of sleep apnea you suffer from as well as how severe your case is. There are three kinds of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) - This is sleep apnea caused by physical blockages in your breathing passages
  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) - This is sleep apnea caused by problems with your central nervous system and the part of the brain that controls respiration
  • Mixed Sleep Apnea - This is a combination of OSA and CSA

Once the type and severity of sleep apnea is identified, a proper treatment plan can be created just for you.

Getting the Treatment You Need

For more information about treating sleep apnea and helping you have a restful night of sleep again, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. The team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney is here to help you.

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