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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Sleep Apnea

Asheville area dentist describes the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea

Dr. Christopher Port of the Asheville Smile Center is a quality dentist in the area who provides patients with a wide range of dental services. However, he also helps patients with other conditions including TMJ/TMD, bruxism, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a problem that exists for many Americans but most never get an appropriate diagnosis or treatment. The condition can be difficult to diagnose especially for individuals who do not have bed partners who notice the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea at night. Daytime tiredness and morning headaches, which are common symptoms, are often chalked up to stress and lack of sleep, but may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.

The night-time signs of sleep apnea include:
  • Excessive snoring
  • Inability to breathe
  • Restlessness
  • Awakening with panic
  • Episodes of gasping and choking
  • Night sweats
During the day, symptoms of sleep apnea include:
  • Difficulty getting up and going in the morning
  • Sore throat or dry mouth in the morning
  • Morning headaches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Forgetfulness/memory problems
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Increased depression or anxiety
Many of these symptoms can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, and patients who are dealing with these may want to speak to a physician about undergoing a sleep study. This is when patients spend the night at a medical facility while being monitored during their sleep to determine the source of the problem. Obstructive sleep apnea can be easily diagnosed with a sleep study, and many patients will receive the most recommended treatment for sleep apnea: a CPAP machine.

A CPAP machine is worn at night to keep the airways open but many patients discontinue use because it is cumbersome and uncomfortable. Because of this, many individuals decide to not comply and deal with the symptoms of sleep apnea instead. This is a poor decision. Instead, Dr. Christopher Port recommends patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea visit the Asheville Smile Center to learn about oral appliance therapy as an alternative to CPAP usage. Oral appliance therapy can be used to dramatically improve the ability to breath with a comfortable custom-made mouth guard. It is worn at night and can help patients address their condition while being discreet and easy to use.

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