Snoring/Sleep Apnea Laser Treatment
NON-Surgical Laser Snoring Treatment (known as NightLase™)
NightLase™Treatment is fast, non-invasive and friendly way of increasing the quality of a patients sleep. NightLase™ lessens the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the severity of snoring through the use of gentle, superficial, Erbium: Yag laser light. No anesthesia is used in this procedure.
NightLase™ non-surgical laser uses focused Erbium laser energy to cause collagen contraction and the conversion of non-fibrillar collagen and Type III collagen to Type I collagen in the soft palatal tissues. Type I collagen is more dense compared to the Type III collagen. The new Type I collagen that forms after the application of the Erbium laser causes the soft palatal tissue to tighten and tone up, which reduces the vibration that occurs during snoring. It also causes the soft palate and uvula to shrink in size, which helps open up the airway for better breathing for the patient. Research also shows that the Erbium laser thermally induced collagen tightening reduces and attenuates snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of sleep apnea (no scarring compared to surgical intervention).
NightLase™ requires no device to be worn during sleep, involves no chemical treatment, and no anesthesia. It is and gentle and easy for the patient and their loved ones to regain a good night’s sleep. Call us with any questions that you may have.
It is estimated that there are over 90 MILLION snorers in the U.S. Of these, about 1/3 are affected by sleep apnea. This makes snoring a national disease.
Why is snoring a problem?
Anyone who has been sleeping next to someone who snores understands the problem of snoring. Snoring affects not only the person who snores, but snoring affects their partner and family members.
Many relationships are destroyed or stressed due to snoring.
What many do not know is that snoring also causes many physical problems.
Negative Health Effects from Snoring and Sleep Deprivation:
- Cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension
- Morning Headaches
- Impotence & lowered libido
- Accelerated cellular aging
- Hormone imbalances
- Lower blood oxygen & reduced oxygen to the brain and body
- Lowered brain function
- Lowered immune system
- Sleepiness and fatigue during the day
- Due to Fatigue we see that snorers are seven times more likely to be involved in car accidents
- Due to Fatigue we can see that many snorers easily lose patience and become aggressive
- Snorers are overrepresented among people who have heart attacks and strokes
- Snoring and pregnancy
- Many women suffer from snoring during pregnancy. The last three months of pregnancy can be challenging. This form of snoring usually disappears by itself and should not be treated.
What can you do to reduce snoring?
- Lose weight if you are overweight
- Avoid alcohol before bedtime
- Avoid eating large meals 2 hours before bedtime
- Avoid energy drinks such as Red Bull
- Surgical Treatments involving hospitalization, general anesthesia, pain and prolonged healing
- Traditional Snoring Mitigation Surgery
- Sleep With A “CPAP” Machine
Laser energy has been used both in pure medical applications and cosmetic treatments for decades. In recent years, a new type of cosmetic, non-surgical application came on the market, namely the tightening of tissue/skin by laser-based heat. This has been available outside the body for such areas as the face, chest and stomach. A couple of years ago experts in the field of Laser Treatment realized that the method could be used even for a tightening of the tissue in the throat and snoring and apnea problems could be addressed.
The NightLase™ treatment developed on this idea proved to be very effective and virtually painless. You need three to five treatments (the average number is three), each about 30 minutes and then you can eat, drink, talk and live a completely normal life immediately after the completely painless treatment. This is quite different from the painful surgical procedures with long convalescence times which are the currently offered options along with occlusal splints, oxygen masks or other inconvenient and impractical equipment needed at night.
Research Results of NightLase™ Non-surgical Laser Snoring Treatments
Results from Europe, where non-surgical laser snoring treatments have been used for many years, show excellent results for this procedure. A study with 15-month follow up telephone reviews showed a 74% positive response to NightLase™ treatment, with 95.2% of patients stating they had a reduction in snoring, according to “laserandhealthacademy.com). Of that 95%, a total of 57.1 percent of respondents stated they had significant to excellent improvement in reducing their snoring. The result of the study stated that the NightLase™ non-surgical laser snoring was an effective. Source: Laser Health Academy 2013 Study