Sleep Apnea Laser Treatment (NightLase)

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea. The most common form of sleep apnea is Obstructive sleep apnea.

Normal breathing is silent breathing through your nose. It is quiet and effortless. It allows our bodies to go into normal deep, restorative sleep, and to awake refreshed and ready to take on each new day. Normal breathing is vital for living a vibrant happy life. Unfortunately, millions around the world simply can’t breathe normally – especially at night. Snoring and sleep apnea are not normal breathing patterns. Poor sleep can affect an individual’s mood, behavior, vitality and energy. When a child has an underdeveloped upper and/or lower jaw, the airway could be impacted, and the child may struggle with other health issues during their lifetime.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax. These muscles support the soft palate, the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula), the tonsils, the side wall of the throat and the tongue. When the muscles relax, your airway narrows or closes as you breathe in. You can’t get enough air, which can lower the oxygen level in your blood. Your brain senses your inability to breathe and briefly rouses you from sleep so that you can reopen your airway. This awakening is usually so brief that you don’t remember it. You might snort, choke or gasp. This pattern can repeat itself five to 30 times or more each hour, all night, impairing your ability to reach the deep, restful phases of sleep.

Dr. Chitvan Gupta is now treating people of all ages with a proprietary, non-invasive, non-surgical treatment option for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea, snoring and sleep disordered breathing. Your Sleep Apnea may be the result of an obstruction in the airway caused by narrow dental arches and/or an underdeveloped jaw, as in the obstructive sleep apnea. Our treatments may help the upper and lower jaws to fully develop and reshape the oral cavity. As these areas develop more fully, the airway may widen and expand, making it easier to breathe better and some of these symptoms may disappear.

There are primarily two dental treatments to resolve the obstructive sleep apnea conditions. 

  1. Oral Appliance Therapy: For patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, dental appliances or oral mandibular advancement devices that prevent the tongue from blocking the throat and/or advance the lower jaw forward can be made. These devices help keep the airway open during sleep. Dr. Gupta with expertise in dental oral appliances and would determine if this treatment is best for you. 

  2. Dental Laser Treatment (NightLase). Dr. Gupta also offers a minimally invasive laser treatment that reduces or stops snoring and has a high success rate in producing a positive change in sleep patterns. Research has shown that NightLase can reduce and attenuate snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of snoring. A full course of NightLase consists of three separate treatment sessions over a two month period. The final results of the treatment have been shown to last up to a year, and the therapy can be repeated. Patients find NightLase to be a highly comfortable and satisfying solution. NightLase requires no device to be worn during sleep and involves no chemical treatment. It’s a gentle and easy way to regain a good night’s rest! For more details visit: https://www.fotona.com/us/treatments/2284/nightlase-r/

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