We Are Excited To Announce That Starting May 11th
We Will Be Open For Normal Business Hours!

We’ve missed you! We hope you have stayed safe and in good health!

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice! You may have seen this during your visits to our office in the past. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to share additional precautions we will also be taking to ensure the well-being and safety of our team and patients.
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They will include but are not limited to:
  1. Limiting the number of patients in the practice at one time
  2. Asking for patients to wear masks when coming in and out of our office
  3. Asking a list of screening questions during appointment confirmation and repeating the list upon patient arrival
  4. Having patients wait in their vehicle until team member comes to take their temperature
  5. Having patient wash or sanitize hands upon arrival to office
  6. Limiting one parent or guardian to accompany one minor to his/her/their appointment
  7. Implementing digital forms/paperwork (including consent for treatment form) and payment options
  8. Scheduling more time between patients to perform disinfection practices above the standard protocols using electrolyzed water and medical grade sanitizers
  9. Cleaning the air with ozone filtration every evening
  10. Having all patients rinse with treatment specific mouthwash prior to any treatment
  11. Using advanced suction systems that reduce aerosols
  12. Screening our team each morning with questionnaire and temperature checks
  13. Masks worn throughout office by every patient and team member, except for when patients are receiving treatment
*Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any additional questions, please give us a call at 828-684-1633 or email us at info@AshevilleSmileCenter.com

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600 Julian Lane, Suite 610, Arden
NC 28704 | Directions
Dr. Christopher Port

Sleep Apnea

Arden area patients ask, how is obstructive sleep apnea treated?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that affects millions of Americans—with many more being left untreated. The condition can be hard to catch, especially for patients who sleep alone. Those with sleeping partners may be advised as to how they sleep each night. Sleeping partners often notice problems such as snoring, the inability to breath, and gasping and waking several hundred times a night. This is caused by a blockage in the airway that can result from several issues including the tongue falling back into the throat, the mouth relaxing, and even excess fat around the neck closing the airway when patients rest on their back. All of these can cause a blockage and result in the inability to breathe, which is when patients awake. Obstructive sleep apnea can keep patients from reaching the deep, restorative sleep they need to restore the mind and body, thus leaving patients tired and groggy every day. This can have a dramatic impact on their quality of life and can even be the cause of developing conditions such as depression, anxiety, reduced ability to concentration and poor memory.

Obstructive sleep apnea is diagnosed during a sleep study with a qualified physician. They will monitor patients as they sleep to find out if they are dealing with this condition and need assistance in keeping the airways open during the night for more restorative sleep.

How is obstructive sleep apnea treated? The first line of treatment is often the recommendation to use a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is a device that is worn over the nose and mouth and helps in maintaining open airways. It can be cumbersome and uncomfortable, which causes many patients to avoid using it and letting the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea persist. This is when a dentist can help!

Dr. Christopher Port of the Asheville Smile Center near Arden can help patients in addressing obstructive sleep apnea without a CPAP machine. Instead, he may recommend oral appliance therapy. A specialized mouth guard is made for patients to wear at night to keep the tongue in place, realign the jaw, and maintain open airways to allow individuals the ability to reach a more deep, restorative sleep.

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