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
NC 28704 | Directions
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Sleep Apnea

Recognizing sleep apnea and finding the treatments that work - tips from your Asheville dentist

Sleep apnea has become a real problem for people all around the world. A challenging sleep disorder, the most common form of sleep apnea is the obstructive type, in which airflow becomes blocked by some sort of physical appendage. This could be a deviated septum or excess pockets of fat that put pressure on the airway when relaxed. The most important aspect is not exactly what causes sleep apnea, but recognizing and determining which treatments will combat the disorder before serious health complications occur. In our Asheville practice, we have treated sleep apnea successfully for many years.

Many people who have sleep apnea are unaware of the condition. This is because sleep apnea often presents as snoring, and snoring is not typically viewed as a life-threatening sleep disorder. There is one big difference between snoring and sleep apnea, in the latter, breathing actually stops. A person who has sleep apnea may stop breathing hundreds of times a night, but never fully wake up to realize that he or she is having difficulty.

A person with sleep apnea may experience:
  • Daytime sleepiness, regardless of how much time is spent sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating on tasks, or remembering details
  • Moodiness, irritability, or depression
  • Hyperactivity
  • Decreased productivity
Discovering and treating sleep apnea means that health is guarded against potentially serious health conditions, such as heart attack or stroke. Once a diagnosis has been made, your physician can investigate what the underlying cause for sleep apnea may be. When weight is a factor, reaching a healthier weight may relieve the pressure on the airway during sleep and thus end sleep apnea episodes.

While dealing with the underlying cause of sleep apnea, however, a few treatments can be used to restore airflow during sleep. Medical practitioners have long prescribed the nightly use of the CPAP machine for sleep apnea patients. This machine delivers constant air pressure to the lungs via a nasal cannula worn as a mask that covers the nose. The problem with this approach is that it can be uncomfortable, leading to the patient removing the mask during the night.

In the dental field, sleep apnea is treated with a custom-made intra-oral appliance that is worn during sleep. This device is far more comfortable than the CPAP machine, as is shown by the high instance of patient compliance.

If you, or a loved one, are experiencing sleep apnea symptoms, contact us for more information on diagnosis and treatment.

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