At Broadway Family Dentistry, we offer a huge selection of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments for children and adults. But many may not be aware that we also provide Minot, ND area patients with solutions for chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Instead of using a CPAP machine, patients can undergo a procedure known as NightLase.
What is NightLase?
NightLase is a revolutionary treatment that can provide a long-term fix for patients who snore due to obstructive sleep apnea or loose tissues in the throat. This procedure involves using a laser light to heat up the soft tissues at the back of the throat. This stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen that holds the tissues together and provides a tightening that eliminates tissue that sags and blocks the throat. This production of collagen ensures that the opening of the throat is clear, therefore reducing chronic snoring problems.
What can I expect from my NightLase treatment?
NightLase treatment does not require any anesthetics and involves not cutting or bleeding. In fact, the only sensation patients feel is that of heat where the laser light is used. It is well-tolerated by all of our patients. With at least three sessions spaced a few weeks apart, patients will notice a gradual improvement in their condition as the collagen development tightens and tones these soft tissues at the back of the throat. While the results are not permanent, they are long-lasting and allow patients to breathe easier through the night without the side effect of snoring for their bed partners!
What other options are available for chronic snoring?
Patients who are not interested in this procedure may instead want to ask about oral appliance therapy. This is the use of a special mouthguard to maintain open airways and is sometimes covered by dental insurance. Otherwise, if patients continue to experience consequences from their obstructive sleep apnea, the use of a CPAP machine is often used instead.
Learn more about NightLase for chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
Contact the team at Broadway Family Dentistry today to learn about this and other solutions available at our practice for chronic snoring and OSA. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Minot, ND are here to help provide a more permanent consideration. Call the office at (701) 839-1299.