Laser Treatment For Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a disorder where your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Common symptoms include snoring, gasping for air during sleep, difficulty concentrating while awake, headaches, and irritability.
Sleep apnea can be treated using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, oral dental applications, or laser treatments. NightLase is a safe and non-invasive way of reducing your snoring and curing sleep apnea as a result.
How Does Laser Treatment For Sleep Apnea Work?
Obstructive sleep apnea is typically caused when the airway is blocked due to the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapsing during sleep. NightLase is a snoring treatment that involves the use of laser energy to tighten the soft tissue in the throat.
The procedure creates a photothermal effect, which sparks protein transformation in the collagen fibers to tighten the tissues. This enlarges space inside the throat to allow easier breathing.
The sensation of a laser inside of the throat feels similar to a mist of hot water being sprayed. It is a painless process that does not involve the use of any medication or anesthetics.
Professional dentists proficient in NightLase can use lasers to target the soft palate, hard palate, anterior pillar area, uvula, tonsils, posterior pillars, and the lateral and bottom region of the tongue.
NightLase is generally spread over multiple sessions over seven weeks. An annual maintenance appointment is recommended for best results.
Is NightLase Effective?
NightLase is a highly successful laser treatment for sleep apnea, with the average snoring severity rating declining by more than 50% after just two sessions.
As much as 95% of the patients who received the treatment reported a reduction in snoring, with about 60% reporting significant or excellent improvement. According to another study, more than 80% of patients stated that they were able to breathe more easily after treatment, and also experienced improved alertness and focus.
None of the clinical studies reported any adverse results. On average, patients rated their discomfort at 1.5 on a 1-5 scale. Patients who had finished the full course of NightLase treatments stated an improvement of 85% in the symptoms, with reports of positive benefits continuing in the long term assessment about 36 months later.
Benefits of Treating Sleep Apnea
If you experience any of the signs of sleep apnea, do not delay a visit to your doctor. Here are some of the major benefits of getting this condition treated:
If you have sleep apnea, your breathing may stop hundreds of times while you are asleep. Your body tends to wake up a little with each interruption in breathing, which can prevent you from getting a sound sleep. Getting sleep apnea treated can help you sleep well and wake up fresh the next day.
Lower Health Risks
People with sleep apnea are increasingly prone to health conditions such as heart problems and strokes. The risk of hypertension is almost three times greater and that of a stroke is 4.5 times greater in people who experience disturbances in sleep. Sleep apnea also exposes you to a higher risk of developing serious diseases such as diabetes or cancer.
Reduced Risk of Depression
If you do not get a sound sleep at night, you may become prone to depression. People with severe sleep disturbances are said to be 2.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than those who are able to sleep well.
NightLase treatment gently delivers heat into the oral mucosa tissue to help avert sleep apnea. If you are experiencing interrupted sleep at night or notice any sleep apnea symptoms in your partner, schedule an appointment with us at San Tan Oral Surgery by calling us at (480) 604-2592 today.
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