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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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea treatment options explained by your Asheville dentist

Snoring is often merely a mild disturbance. For millions of people, however, snoring is an indicator of a potentially serious problem. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that is often mistaken as chronic snoring when, in reality, there is much more going on beneath the surface. This condition, which is the result of obstruction in airflow, keeps people from getting the deep REM sleep that they need for rejuvenation and health. Without adequate sleep, we cannot function at optimal levels. In fact, we may function so poorly that we become at risk for physical accidents and chronic health conditions.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs as episodes in which breathing stops. As airflow is blocked by relaxed muscles, the brain does not receive oxygen. In response, adrenaline is released so that sleep lightens and breathing resumes. Although the person affected by sleep apnea rarely wakes fully, the lack of deep, restorative sleep may present in seemingly random symptoms such as irritability and depression, even hyperactivity. A common thread, however, is extreme sleepiness even when it seems adequate sleep has been achieved. Obtaining a proper diagnosis for symptoms is an important step in finding a solution to the problems caused by lack of sleep.

The medical approach to obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP treatment, directs constant positive airway pressure through the nose as the patient sleeps. The delivery of positive pressure comes from a machine that sits bedside, pushing air through a hose and mask worn over the nose. Although the pressure of forced air can effectively keep the airway open, the various side effects of treatment keep many people from complying with treatment and, therefore, at risk of consequences from obstructive sleep apnea.

Treatment options, fortunately, extend beyond CPAP therapy. Your dentist at Asheville Smile Center can bring relief using comfortable oral appliance therapy. This alternative to CPAP treatment offers successful results without the need to hook up to a mask, hose, and machine. Wearing a custom fitted oral appliance, you are able to move around freely, sleep in comfortable positions, and even drink or speak without difficulty. Due to the superior comfort and convenience of oral appliance therapy, more people find treatment fits easily into their lifestyle.

Whether you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and desire freedom from your CPAP machine, or you are living with unpleasant symptoms and want to determine if you may have obstructive sleep apnea, we can help. Contact Asheville Smile Center for your consultation with our experienced dental team.

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