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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.
Read Full List of Precautions

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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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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