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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600 Julian Lane, Suite 610, Arden
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Sleep Apnea

Asheville area dentist answers, what are the signs of sleep apnea?

There are many sleeping disorders that patients in the Asheville area may develop over time, and one of them is obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea affects millions of Americans every year, and so many of these individuals go undiagnosed. The condition is caused by a blockage in the airways at night when patients sleep. It can keep them from reaching the restorative level of sleep needed to feel rested and awake during the day. Patients with untreated sleep apnea may experience depression, anxiety, daytime tiredness, less concentration, and reduced memory. All of these can be linked to obstructive sleep apnea.

Many patients in the Asheville area ask, what are the signs of sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is better diagnosed during the night by a sleeping partner or physician who can analyze sleeping patterns. Many bed partners will notice issues such as:
  • Snoring
  • Periods of paused breathing
  • Gasping
  • Patient waking repeatedly throughout the night
When patients are dealing with sleep apnea, they may have daytime symptoms that may also be noticeable by themselves and others, including:
  • Daytime tiredness and fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Forgetfulness
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry or sore mouth and throat in the morning
  • Difficulty getting up and ready in the morning
When patients have undergone a sleep study to determine if they have obstructive sleep apnea, they can get answers from a qualified physician. Once an appropriate diagnosis has been made, patients can then work with their physician to determine the most effective treatment. The first line of defense against sleep apnea is often the CPAP machine. This device uses air to keep the mouth and nose open and allow patients to breathe during the night. Unfortunately, CPAP machines can be uncomfortable and cumbersome causing many patients to stop using them. Patients who visit their dentist will find that oral appliance therapy may also be a viable solution for them. Oral appliance therapy uses a special plastic mouth guard that can accomplish the same goal as a CPAP machine with better comfort and compliance. Oral appliances are available through the Asheville Smile Center with the help of Dr. Christopher Port and his dedicated team of professionals.

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