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.
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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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Dr. Christopher Port

Sleep Apnea

Henderson area dentist answers, what is obstructive sleep apnea?

Dr. Christopher Port and the team of the Asheville Smile Center near Hendersonville provide a wide range of dental and oral health solutions for patients. While many patients think of a dentist as helping with the cleaning and care of the smile, there are other conditions that our team can assist with. This includes obstructive sleep apnea.

Patients often ask, what is obstructive sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that can affect one’s quality of life dramatically. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea often have it go unaddressed because they are unaware of what is causing them to feel so tired and fatigued.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage in the airways when patients sleep. This blockage can be one of many things, including the tongue, misaligned jaw, and fat on the neck that may push down and close the throat while sleeping on the back. Whatever the cause, it results in patients being unable to breathe and therefore, gasp for air and awaken hundreds of times a night. This, in turn, results in the inability to reach the deep, restorative sleep needed to feel well-rested each and every night.

Dr. Christopher Port of the Asheville Smile Center sees many patients in the community who have received a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea through their physician and have received a treatment suggestion such as CPAP machines. CPAP machines are worn at night to help keep the airways open, but they are uncomfortable to wear and difficult to travel with. This results in noncompliance for many patients, causing them to experience the consequences of untreated sleep apnea. Instead, Dr. Christopher Port may suggest another type of treatment known as oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy can help with obstructive sleep apnea by keeping the airways open. This plastic mouth guard is custom-made for patients to wear at night to hold down the tongue, realign the jaw, and help protect the teeth and restorations from harm due to other accompanying conditions such as TMJ/TMD or bruxism (the clenching and grinding of the teeth). Patients are often much more compliant with oral appliance therapy than the use of a CPAP machine making it a desirable solution for patients unhappy with the alternative treatment option recommended by their physician.

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