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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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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