Snoring occurs when air is not able to move freely through your nose and mouth during sleep. This is due to a narrowing of your airways, which causes the tissues to vibrate and make an audible sound. Many factors can contribute to snoring such as age, nasal and sinus problems, being overweight, alcohol, smoking, medications, and sleep posture.
Sleep deprivation as a result of snoring has a negative impact on health and quality of life. Snorers can experience tiredness, morning headaches, irritability, dry mouth, and relationship difficulties.
Most treatments for snoring attempt to keep the breathing passage open. Specially made dental appliances can be effective, but rely on daily compliance. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) systems are used for sleep apnea, however these devices can be uncomfortable. NightLase is a leading-edge laser procedure for the treatment of snoring. It is non-invasive, simple and an effective way of reducing snoring by up to 50%. Studies report 80% of patients who underwent a series of treatments had a reduction in snoring and apnea episodes.
Laser energy is used to heat the tissues of the airway (soft palate and uvula) causing a tightening effect, which helps to keep your airway open. NightLase is performed with approximately three short treatments spaced over two months. Each treatment lasts 15 minutes and requires no anesthesia. The procedure is comfortable and you can resume your daily routine immediately afterwards. Results are often seen after the first session.
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