Snoring & Sleep Apnea
NightLase® snoring and sleep apnea therapy is a non-invasive, patient-friendly laser treatment for increasing the quality of a patient’s sleep.
At Upland Laser Dental Center, we realize that quality sleep is one of the most important aspects of maintaining our overall health and our partners’ sanity. NightLase® therapy is a non-invasive, patient-friendly laser treatment for increasing the quality of a patient’s sleep. NightLase® reduces the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the amplitude of snoring by means of a gentle, laser-induced tightening effect caused by the contraction of collagen in the oral mucosa tissue.
What Causes Snoring? Snoring occurs when air is not able to move freely through your nose and mouth during sleep. This is due to a narrowing of your airway, which causes the tissues to vibrate and make an audible sound. In extreme cases, the airway can become blocked which is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Many factors can contribute to snoring such as age, nasal and sinus problems, being overweight, alcohol, smoking, medications, and sleep posture.
What Is the Impact of Snoring? Snoring has a number of consequences that can impact the life of a snorer and his/her sleep partner. Sleep deprivation as a result of snoring has a negative impact on health and quality of life. Snorers can expect tiredness, morning headaches, irritability, dry mouth, and relationship difficulties. Studies have also shown a link between snoring and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
We are also here to discuss any of your concerns. We want you to feel confident in your choice as we work to improve your whole-body health, not just your oral health. Are you a candidate for NightLase® Therapy?
Frequently Asked Questions About NightLase
- What Is NightLase® Snoring and Apnea Treatment?
NightLase® Treatment is a patented, fast, non-invasive, and friendly way of increasing the quality of a patient’s sleep. NightLase® lessens the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the amplitude of snoring through the use of gentle, superficial Er:YAG laser light. No anesthesia is used in this treatment.
- How Does NightLase® Treatment Work?
During NightLase® treatment laser light heats the tissue, causing tightening of the tissue which leads to an attenuation of the sound of the patient snoring and a lessening of the effects of sleep apnea.
The procedure is performed in two simple steps:
- Step 1: PRECONDITIONING The laser light preheats the tissue.
- Step 2: TISSUE STRENGTHENING Laser light strengthens the tissue.
A full course of NightLase® treatment is comprised of three separate treatment sessions over a six-week period. The final result of the treatment has been shown to last up to a year. When the patients or their loved ones notice the effects eroding, another round of treatment can be performed.
- Is NightLase® Treatment Painful?
NightLase® is a simple procedure for Dr. Mand to perform and has an extremely high success rate in producing a positive change in sleep patterns. Research has shown that NightLase® reduces and attenuates snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of sleep apnea. NightLase® requires no device to be worn during sleep, involves no chemical treatment, and no anesthesia. It is a gentle and easy way for the patient and their loved ones to regain a good night’s rest
- What Other Treatment Options Are There?
Most treatments for snoring attempt to keep the breathing passage open. Specially made dental appliances can be effective but rely on daily compliance. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) systems are often used to help control sleep apnea and the snoring associated with it, however, these devices can be very uncomfortable.
There are surgical options available for correcting snoring which usually involves the removal of tissue from the uvula and pharynx but these surgeries are invasive and can result in a lengthy and unconformable recovery period following the surgery.
- Will I See Results After My First Treatment?
Each treatment lasts 15 minutes and requires no anesthesia. The procedure is comfortable and you can resume your daily routine immediately afterward.
Patients report that results are often seen after the first session. Results that will allow you to sleep easier, feel better, and be healthier! 80% of patients report a reduction in snoring as well as apnea episodes.