Snoring is a common problem that can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. It can be a sign of an underlying condition, such as sleep apnea. This condition occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses and obstructs the airway. This is usually worse at night when relaxed muscles can cause the throat to narrow even more. Since tissues in the back of the mouth are loose and relaxed, it is easier for the tissue to collapse and close off the airway. Airflow decreases and can even stop completely for a few seconds at a time. This causes vibrations to occur within the windpipe, known as a “honking” noise – hence the term “snoring.”
NightLase is a non-invasive procedure that can help reduce snoring and sleep apnea. This treatment uses a special laser to gently tighten the tissue of the soft palate and the uvula, which are both responsible for airway obstruction. This helps to create an open airway and eliminate snoring. The procedure is fast and comfortable. It usually involves no pain and can be done right in the office. To protect the soft tissues from damage, the doctor will treat one side at a time. The procedure is painless, and the only side effect you might feel is some slight soreness or irritation for a few days after treatment.
This procedure uses a specially designed laser that targets and removes tissue responsible for snoring. The procedure is minimally invasive, meaning no incisions or stitches are needed. Most patients report little to no downtime following the treatment and can return to normal activities the next day. However, results may vary from patient to patient.
There are some benefits of using NightLase to reduce snoring, including:
The effectiveness of NightLase has been proven in several studies. In a clinical study, patients using the NightLase mouthpiece saw an 80% reduction in snoring and a 75% decrease in daytime sleepiness after one treatment. Another study showed that most patients experienced significant improvements after just 2 to 3 treatments. With this level of success, it’s easy to see how NightLase can completely change the way you sleep.