While snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a sign of other major health complications. It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping, which not only affects the quality of sleep of the person snoring, but also the quality of sleep of their loved ones and other family members. But recent studies have shown a correlation of the vibrations of the soft tissues in the throat with inflammation of the carotid arteries (causing plaque buildup/ disruption of blood flow) and the increased possibility of decreased oxygen to the brain (stroke). Disruption of proper hormone balances and lack of oxygen (hypoxia) can lead to: Weight gain, Impotence, Daytime fatigue, Aggressive behavior, increased incidence of GERD; Stress, hypertension- heart attack/ stroke
What causes snoring?
Snoring can be the result of several factors. Typically, snoring is caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the air passage smaller. The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through, and when it does get through, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat and causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound. Other causes of snoring may include:
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain sleep aides or sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
How can it be treated?
Snoring and sleep apnea have been address by nasal strips, CPAP machines; Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD). The surgical treatments involve cutting or burning away the soft tissues in the back of the mouth, moving the upper jaw backward, and tracheotomy.
Now, thanks to Fotona's Lightwalker laser and Nightlase protocol, it is possible to treat these situations with laser light- no anesthesia, no discomfort and quick results for mild to moderate obstructive sleep disorders.
NightLase is a fast, patient-friendly and practically non-invasive treatment for snoring. It reduces snoring intensity with a gentle laser light treatment. It also can be used to help treat sleep apnea for patients who can't tolerate CPAP or oral devices. There is no anesthesia needed for this procedure. Used effectively and safely in Europe for many years, this exciting procedure is now available in the United States.
NightLase Snoring Treatment
- Increases the quality of sleep
- Easy to perform and undergo
- Lessens the intensity and duration of snoring
- Safe and patient-friendly
What is NightLase Snoring Treatment?
NightLase Treatment is a fast, non-invasive and friendly way of increasing the quality of sleep. NightLase can decreases the amplitude and frequency 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 gently heats the tissue, causing tightening of the tissue which leads to an attenuation of the sound of the patients snoring. 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 four-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 a complicated procedure? Does it hurt?
NightLase is simple and virtually painless. It is easy to perform and has a high success rate in producing a positive change in sleep patterns. Research has shown that NightLase reduces and snoring and may provide an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of sleep apnea.