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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Dr. Christopher Port

Sleep Apnea

With the sleep apnea diagnosis, your dentist from Hendersonville can develop successful treatment

Several million people around the world are losing sleep every night. Obstructive sleep apnea is not a small problem. Health and wellbeing can be significantly impacted due to the loss of sleep, as well as the persistent lack of oxygen received by the brain. Fortunately, a viable solution to sleep problems can be found at your dentist's office.

What is sleep apnea?

Of the various sleep disorders on record, obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common. This disorder is often thought by those who have it to be a snoring problem because people with sleep apnea tend to snore quite loudly. If you listen closely to the sounds of sleep apnea, however, you will be able to recognize a distinct difference between snoring and this dangerous sleep disorder.

While attempting to rest, the person with obstructive sleep apnea has increasing difficulty breathing. Snoring grows louder and breathing more labored until, at some point, sound ceases. This quiet may be mistaken for free breathing when, in reality, the absence of snoring means that breathing has stopped. Obstructive sleep apnea results from the blockage of airflow. This occurs as the muscles that surround the throat become fully relaxed and close the airway.

In response to the lack of oxygen, the brain will release adrenaline to rouse sleep. Following the sounds of sleep apnea, this disruption will result in a loud gasp or choke, and snoring will shortly resume. These episodes can occur several hundred times in a night, lasting anywhere from a few seconds to close to a minute.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition for which a diagnosis can be difficult. In our office near Hendersonville, we consult with patients on their sleeping habits when they display the symptoms associated with this sleep disorder. We understand that, especially if you sleep alone, it can be difficult to determine what is causing symptoms such as irritability, hyperactivity, or depression. On their own, these symptoms may seem completely random. Coupled with always feeling tired, regardless of how many hours you sleep, they take on new meaning. Your experienced dentist or medical professional can help you make sense of symptoms so that you can obtain the proper treatment.

The dental approach to obstructive sleep apnea is the creation of a custom-fitted oral airway appliance. This treatment has been proven highly successful primarily because patients find it comfortable and will therefore comply with treatment much more so than CPAP.

Asheville Smile Center is committed to excellent dental care. Contact our office to learn more about obstructive sleep apnea, or to schedule your visit.

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