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.

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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

Sleep apnea causes explained by your dentist near Arden

It is estimated that millions of men and women are affected by obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, and the most common type of apnea. People affected by sleep apnea are continually disrupted as they attempt to rest. The muscles that surround the throat become relaxed in sleep, restricting the passage and airflow is blocked. As many as a few hundred times a night, the person with obstructive sleep apnea will stop breathing.

The brain responds to the lack of oxygen by releasing a shot of adrenaline through the body. This disrupts sleep just enough to restore breathing, but not enough to cause conscious waking. Physically, the person experiencing an apnea episode may choke or gasp loudly, and resume snoring. Within minutes, airflow may once again become blocked and breathing interrupted.

When the body does not receive an adequate amount of rest, there is a risk to health and wellbeing. Sleep apnea, in particular, causes a number of problems in a very short period. In our dental practice near Arden, we work quickly to address obstructive sleep apnea to help patients guard their health. Scientific research shows that poor sleep can lead to various issues, including mood swings, depression, hyperactivity, lack of productivity, and decreased memory – with symptoms beginning after just a week of inadequate sleep.

One of the challenges with obstructive sleep apnea is in determining the cause of symptoms. Because sleep apnea sounds like chronic snoring, it is easy to overlook the hidden danger that is lurking. One way to protect your health is to consider whether you have one or more of the risk factors associated with this condition. When combined with symptoms, the recognition of risk factors could lead to a confirmed diagnosis and, most importantly, optimal treatment. Indicators that you could be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea include:
  • Obesity
  • History of sleep disorders within your family
  • Abnormalities within the structure of the nose or upper airway
  • Circumference of the neck is larger than 17cm
  • Adults aged 65 and older are at an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Research shows that twice as many middle aged men develop sleep apnea than middle aged women
  • The consumption of alcohol, especially before bed, increases the risk of obstructive sleep apnea, as does smoking or the use of sleep aids
  • A report from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute states that men and women of African American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander descent more commonly develop obstructive sleep apnea
At Asheville Smile Center, we work with sleep apnea patients to restore restful sleep using a customized oral airway appliance.

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