Scientific research states about 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a potentially life threatening disease that also has an effects on your quality of life. Sleep apnea basically means your breathing stops and then, eventually, starts again a series of times over the course of a night. Snoring and feeling tired after a full night of sleep are often symptoms of sleep apnea. If your primary care physician has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, we offer oral appliance therapy (OAT), a night guard type device that goes inside your mouth, which helps maintain an open airway while you sleep. OAT is also a great option for those who have an averse reaction to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment, as many people find that form of treatment uncomfortable or intolerable. Dr. Efird has attended a number of advanced training courses on sleep apnea and OAT. He is happy to answer your sleep apnea questions and also more than willing to consult with your personal physician on the best treatment options available for your situation.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep Appliances – Sleep Apnea
About Dr. Efird
Dr. Jeff Efird has practiced dentistry for over 20 years. His love and respect for the dental profession continues to grow as he sees patients positively affected by proper oral health and quality treatment under his care. Dr. Efird understands a relationship with a dentist is a lifelong endeavor and values the respect and trust his patients extend.
Dr. Efird began his training as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. He attained a degree in chemistry before continuing his education and graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1987.
Dedicated to expanding his own knowledge and that of his practice, Dr. Efird has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school. Over the last decade he has focused most of his education of advanced restorative techniques and implant restorative solutions. Much of the training has been associated with the renowned Spear Education center in Scottsdale.
A member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, and Buncombe County Dental Society, Dr. Efird is committed to providing outstanding quality care to patients in Western North Carolina. He lives in Asheville with his wife and son, and loves to fish and build handcrafted boats.