Asheville Dentist

Health and Comfort

A beautiful smile brings confidence, but you can have a beautiful smile and yet still have discomfort. Maybe you are having a difficult time sleeping or are bothered by pain. We offer several treatments to address various comfort and bite issues. Additionally, for those who experience anxiety during dental procedures, we have many methods of oral sedation and relaxation to help you feel more at ease.

Dental Sleep Medicine (Therapies for Sleep Apnea & Snoring)

Snoring affects an overwhelming percentage of adults and is caused when muscles relax during sleep to the extent that the airway and flow of air becomes obstructed. Snoring disrupts restful sleep and is a primary sign of a very serious health problem… sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be accompanied by heavy snoring followed by gasping and a period of not breathing. It can contribute to a heightened risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Dr. Phillips can help eliminate snoring and sleep apnea issues by working with your primary care physician or a sleep medicine physician. This will allow you (and your partner) to rest comfortably and preserve your overall health. To determine your risk for health problems due to heavy snoring or sleep apnea, click here to take a brief questionnaire.

Oral Sedation Dentistry

If you are anxious about a procedure, Dr. Phillips and Dr. Schmitt take the time to listen and talk through the different methods available for your comfort. They offer several options to enhance relaxation throughout treatment, including oral sedation and nitrous oxide analgesia. Best of all, no needles are used to administer these medications. They are safe and recovery is quick. We want you to be as comfortable as possible during your procedure.

Who is a candidate for oral sedation? Adults with…

  • High fear or very sensitive teeth
  • Past traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A gag reflex
  • Limited time to complete dental care
  • A dread of needles and shots
  • Discomfort associated with noises, smells and tastes
  • Long dental appointments when multiple teeth will be treated