Why is snoring a problem?
Anyone who has tried to sleep near someone who snores understands how snoring can strain relationships. What many people don’t realize is that snoring does not just effect the bed partner, but can cause physical problems like hypertension, sleepiness or fatigue, morning headaches, impotence, depression, stroke and heart attacks.
What can be done to help reduce snoring?
Besides losing weight (if overweight), it is important to avoid alcohol or heavy large meals before bedtime. Energy drinks or highly caffeinated beverages can also contribute to snoring problems and should be avoided. For some people with nasal snoring, OTC items like breath-rite strips can be helpful also.
Nightlase™ Snoring Treatment
Nightlase™ is a fast, non-invasive technique for the treatment of snoring. It reduces the intensity of snoring with gentle pulses of light energy without any needles, anesthesia or chemicals. The technique can also be used as an adjunctive treatment with either the CPAP machine or oral devices for the treatment of sleep apnea. It offers a great alternative to those that cannot tolerate the CPAP or other common treatments. This technique has been utilized with great success in Europe for many years, and it is now being offered in the United States.
What is Nightlase™ treatment?
Nightlase™ is a fast, non-invasive way to increase patient’s quality of sleep by decreasing the frequency and intensity of snoring with superficial Er:YAG laser light.
How does it work?
Nightlase™ works as the laser light energy gently heats the tissue, causing tightening and toning of the soft tissues. This tightening and toning reduces intensity of snoring and opens the airway allowing easier breathing. The procedures is performed in three separate sessions over 9 weeks with the results lasting up to a year. When loved ones notice the tissue relaxing again and snoring becoming more frequent, another session of treatment can usually be performed to continue the restful sleep.
Does it hurt?
Nightlase™ is virtually painless during and after the procedure. During the procedure, patients usually experience the feeling of heat on the area. This heat is desirable, because it means the laser energy is working. There is no down time after the procedure and normal activities resume immediate without restrictions. Patients’ families often noticed a difference right away in their snoring, though best results are evident after all three sessions.
We are very excited to be the first dentist in North Dakota that is qualified to provide Nightlase™ in its office. Please contact our office for a consultation to find out whether you might be a good candidate for this treatment.