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


Inadequate sleep can have a major impact on your everyday life. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea can find themselves irritable and drowsy from waking repeatedly throughout the night, often without even realizing it. If you are seeking relief from this condition, or if you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, Drs. John M. Pinnix IV and George A. Betancourt offer effective sleep apnea treatment and diagnosis at our Charlotte, NC, practice. We can often address symptoms with a simple oral appliance to help reduce your risk of developing serious complications. To schedule a consultation with us, reach out to our office today.

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Effects of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes breathing to become repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause serious complications, such as an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Sleep apnea can take a considerable toll on your quality of life. It can even impact your relationships. Many patients feel embarrassed about their snoring, and their partner's sleep can also suffer as a result. Others notice themselves becoming irritable or constantly fatigued. If you are experiencing these symptoms, we can determine if sleep apnea is affecting you.

Diagnosis and Treatment 

Before you can seek treatment for sleep apnea, you will first need to receive a professional diagnosis. There are two types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea (CSA) relates to complications of the central nervous system and is much less common. This type requires the attention of a specialist.

We offer treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This type of sleep apnea occurs when the tongue and soft palate block the airway, interfering with breathing during sleep. Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt typically recommend new patients to undergo a sleep study for proper diagnosis. During the study, a sleep specialist may use diagnostic tools to monitor your sleep at home, or you may need to stay overnight in a lab setting.

If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt will take detailed images of your teeth and jaw to gather information and create a customized oral appliance. Also known as an oral splint, this mouthpiece is designed to gently reposition your lower jaw so the soft tissues of the throat do not obstruct your breathing. 

Risk Factors

Sleep apnea is twice as common in men. Risk factors for both male and female patients include excess weight, having a larger neck circumference, having a narrowed airway (often caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids), and having a family history of sleep apnea. Women who are post-menopausal may also be at increased risk. Lifestyle factors such as smoking or using alcohol, sedatives, or tranquilizers have also been found to contribute to sleep apnea. In fact, smokers are nearly three times more likely to develop the condition than non-smokers. 

Contact Our Practice Today

Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt have made it their mission to enhance each patient's quality of life through dentistry. Advancements in the treatment of sleep apnea mean you can achieve a more restful night's sleep and avoid potentially serious health complications. Contact our practice today to learn more. 

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Charlotte Office

8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm