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
New Patients Call:
Existing Patients Call:
600 Julian Lane, Suite 610, Arden
NC 28704 | Directions
Dr. Christopher Port

Sleep Apnea

Effective, non-invasive dental solution for sleep apnea in Arden, NC


Effective Solution for Sleep Apnea in Arden area
Sleep apnea is a very common condition that affects the sleep of millions of Americans every night, but many people don’t even know they have it. This harmful condition not only impacts the quality of your sleep but has also been linked to several serious health conditions. Fortunately, many patients can find relief and start sleeping better with a simple oral appliance. Dr. Christopher Port in Arden, NC explains more about this effective sleep apnea solution below.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a major health issue that can have dire consequences. There are multiple types of sleep apnea that have different underlying causes, but the most common type of sleep apnea is called “obstructive sleep apnea.” In obstructive sleep apnea, the airway becomes blocked during sleep due to the soft tissues of the mouth collapsing against the back of the throat or other blockages in the airway. When this happens, oxygen becomes unavailable to your brain and other vital organs in your body, and you may temporarily wake up, snort, or startle. At that point, normal breathing resumes until the airway becomes closed again, and the cycle repeats—sometimes up to a hundred of times per night.

Why is it harmful?

The result of this repetitive cycle is more than just the feeling that you didn’t get enough sleep at night. Other consequences of sleep apnea include:
  • Snoring, which can disturb the sleep of your bed partner
  • Stress on all parts of your body
  • High blood pressure
  • Strokes
  • Heart failure
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Mood disorders such as depression
  • Brain fog
  • An increase in accidents due to fatigue
Call our office for more information
Call us at (828) 585-4049 or

Diagnosing sleep apnea

If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, the first step is to see your doctor. They can evaluate your symptoms and order a sleep study that will be used to confirm whether you have the condition. Sleep studies can be done either at home or in a clinic, and your doctor can discuss which option is best for your specific case.

Sleep apnea solutions

Sleep apnea solutions in Arden area
The mainstay in sleep apnea treatment for many years was a machine called a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure machine. It uses mild pressure to keep your airways open continuously while you sleep so that you do not become deprived of oxygen, but using the machine itself can be quite a burden and have several other negative effects on your sleep—and your partner’s. The machine is loud and requires the use of a face mask that can be cumbersome to use and sleep with, so many patients eventually abandon its use despite the negative impact that sleep apnea can have on their health.

A more modern dental approach to sleep apnea treatment is much simpler and more comfortable, but can be just as effective at combatting sleep apnea. A customized dental appliance, much like a sports mouthguard, is created specifically for your mouth based on impressions of your teeth and gums. While you sleep, it holds your lower jaw in a slightly forward position throughout the night to prevent your soft tissues from collapsing, which prevents your airway from becoming closed. An oral appliance for sleep apnea has several benefits. It:
  • Prevents your airways from becoming closed without a bulky mask
  • Does not need to be plugged in and does not make noise
  • Is comfortable and custom-made
  • Only needs to be worn while you sleep
Oral appliances can be a great choice for many patients with sleep apnea, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has given their approval for this type of appliance as a first-line therapy for patients who have mild to moderate forms of the condition. In patients with severe sleep apnea, a combination of a CPAP machine and an oral appliance can lead to better results.

Start sleeping better

If you are suffering from sleep apnea and looking for a good solution that does not involve an unwieldy CPAP machine, then we encourage you to call Asheville Smile Center to schedule a consultation with Dr. Port. He can help determine whether a sleep apnea oral appliance is a good option for you and answer any questions that you have about it so you feel confident that you are making the right decision. Call our Arden, NC office today at (828) 585-4049!

Related Articles

Back to Sleep Apnea Page
Appointment Request
Indicates Required *
Effective Solution for Sleep Apnea Arden - Dental Education Videos
Dr. Chris Port
Effective Solution for Sleep Apnea Arden - Dr. Port Dr. Christopher Port is a full-time practicing dentist in Asheville, North Carolina. In 2007,Dr. Port founded the Asheville Smile Center, a dental practice dedicated to helping patients achieve a lifetime of dental health and beautiful smiles.
Asheville Smile Center
5 Effective Solution for Sleep Apnea Arden - 5 Star Review
Dr - Chris Port. Reviewed by
"I highly recommend Dr. Port and my hygienist, Beth. Both are very knowledgeable and very personable. The entire staff makes a trip to the dentist a more enjoyable experience. Love the cookies!"
Office Hours
8:30AM to 5:00PM

9:00AM to 5:00PM
More Than A Mouthful
Effective Solution for Sleep Apnea Arden - More Then A MouthFul "Dr. Chris Port, Asheville esthetic dentist and smile rejuvenator, recently signed a publishing deal with CelebrityPress, a leading health book publishing company along with other leading dental professionals from across the country to release the book, "More Than A Mouthful."

Effective Solution for Sleep Apnea Arden - Amazon
The Denture Fountain of Youth
Effective Solution for Sleep Apnea Arden - Danture Foundation Youth Our practice is trained in The Denture Fountain of Youth™ technique. Learn more about how The Denture Fountain of Youth™ work, their costs, and why they may be the right tooth replacement for you.