Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea through a sleep apnea study? Or do you have sleep apnea symptoms, such as loud snoring?
When someone snores, it’s often because the tissues around the airway are vibrating as the air passes over them. The sound may seem harmless, in some cases, but it can also cause airflow to slow down, allowing less oxygen to enter the bloodstream.
In obstructive sleep apnea, a patient’s breathing even stops for 10–30 seconds at a time, which happens repeatedly during sleep. This is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious issues.
Many patients have been given sleep apnea cures that include mouthguards, sleep apnea surgery, CPAP machines (that cover the nose and mouth at night), and other methods.
Among the alternative treatments for sleep apnea, we’re excited to share the NightLase laser. By using laser dentistry techniques, instead of traditional surgery, the laser can change the shape of oral tissues, like the tonsils, while only touching the tissues with focused light.
The sleep apnea dentist uses a NightLase device designed by Fotona just for this task. It is a small, handheld tool that causes no pain. It doesn’t remove any tissue. It only uses the body’s natural systems to open the airway and remove the air blockage.
Many of our patients have enjoyed the effects of the NightLase laser already. They have commented that:
- The laser only feels like a hot mist.
- It’s easy to receive a treatment, because it doesn’t require anesthesia.
- They have been sleeping more soundly.
- Their sleep apnea was improved.
- They were not afraid of getting the treatment.
- It felt very safe.
Some patients had their snoring and sleep apnea symptoms simply reduced, whereas others had almost no more snoring. Either way, most patients report an improvement after NightLase treatment.
How Does NightLase Work?
This treatment works by sending a concentrated beam of light into the soft tissues in your airway.
This causes those tissues to gradually transform to the shape that will help you breathe better, opening up a blocked airway. We’ll usually focus on one or a combination of the following:
- Hard palate.
- Soft palate
- Certain parts of the tongue.
Treatments can last around 30 minutes.
Multiple treatments work together gradually. None is very drastic on its own. In fact, after a treatment, you’ll immediately be able to talk, eat, drink, and so on with no discomfort. You don’t need to recover, like you do after dental surgery. But after a few NightLase sessions, your snoring should be much quieter and your sleep more restful.
What Is a Full Course of NightLase?
You’ll visit the dental clinic several times during a seven- to nine-week period. We’ll leave about three weeks between each session. After we reduce your obstructive sleep apnea symptoms, we’ll bring you back to the local dentist office in Brentwood once a year to update your treatment.
Oral tissues keep changing gradually. An annual maintenance treatment can improve the quality of your breathing and sleep, as well as reducing your snoring (which may have increased). You may also get more oxygen during the night, which can improve your health.
Schedule a NightLase Session at Brentwood Dental Group
Do you snore? Do you need more satisfying sleep? If you want to avoid wearing a sleep apnea mask, we can give you a very successful treatment using the NightLase laser. It’s fast, comfortable, and often complete for a year within three sessions.
Call our dentist office at Brentwood Dental Group today to get relief from snoring and get your energy and concentration back.