Office Closure Notice - Open for Emergencies ONLY!

Dear Patients, Families and Friends,

As our community copes with the fast-moving spread of Covid-19, coronavirus, we hope you and yours are in good health during this stressful time.

As you are aware, the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued warnings and precautions to health-care providers worldwide regarding Covid-19, Coronavirus.

Public officials have advised medical and dental providers to postpone elective procedures for a limited time while we social distance in the effort to slow the spread of this virus.

Patients with upcoming appointments that will have to be rescheduled will be notified by our team, on an ongoing basis as we wait for more understanding of this ever-changing situation.

We will continue to be available on a limited basis for dental emergencies only.

Should you experience a dental emergency, please call our main office phone number and leave a message. This phone number connects to our after-hours cell phone. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

Before Call for an emergency you must read
We will continue our use of universal precautions, which includes use of our masks, gloves, surface barriers, and will always exceed the highest standards of disinfection and sterilization for all instruments per OSHA and CDC guidelines.

The health, safety and well-being of our patients, families and our community is of the utmost concern. Having said that, here are some precautions we’re asking you to take if you come in for an emergency:
  1. Please let us know as soon as possible if you start to experience any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment for another time.
  2. Please do not bring anyone to your appointments. If you need a ride, ask the person who drives you to your appointment to wait in their car until your appointment is concluded.
  3. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after entering our office.
  4. We will also be monitoring temperatures prior to caring for you.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel welcome to call us at(828) 684-1633.When we are given the green-light to renew regular business operations, we will update you.

We thank you for your patience during this interruption and we look forward to seeing you as soon as we are able, happy and healthy.

Warm regards,
Dr. Chris Port and the Asheville Smile Center Team
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600 Julian Lane, Suite 610, Arden
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Sleep Apnea

Arden dentist offers an alternative to the CPAP machine for sleep apnea


alternative solutions to the CPAP machine for sleep apnea from arden dentist
An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with as many as 80 percent of the moderate to severe cases left undiagnosed. Located in Arden, Dr. Christopher Port of Asheville Smile Center offers an oral appliance as a treatment alternative to the CPAP machine for patients with sleep apnea.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person repeatedly stops breathing while sleeping. The pauses can happen multiple times per hour. There is typically a snort or choking sound as the person catches his or her breath.

Treatment options

There are several treatments available for patients with sleep apnea. The severity of a patient’s condition may dictate the treatment used. For patients with obstructive sleep apnea, doctors may recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP therapy uses a machine to help a person breathe while sleeping. This machine increases air pressure in the throat to prevent the airway from collapsing while breathing. CPAP machines use one of the following to help patients breathe:
  • A mask over the nose and mouth
  • A nose only mask
  • Prongs that fit the nose

Oral appliances

At Asheville Smile Center, we offer oral appliances as an alternative to bulky CPAP machines. Oral appliances are custom created for each patient and are effectively used to treat sleep apnea among other oral issues. An oral appliance fits like a mouth guard pushing the jaw forward to keep the airway open. Advantages of oral appliances over CPAP machines include:
  • Patient comfort
  • No bulky machine
  • No mask
  • Quiet
  • Easy to care for
  • Portable
If you suffer from sleep apnea, contact our office to learn more about oral appliance therapy. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Christopher Port at Asheville Smile Center today. You belong here. (828) 585-4049

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