Have you been searching for a way to stop snoring? NightLase is a non-surgical option that may be able to help. This treatment uses the Fotona laser, which is known for its precision and accuracy in targeting specific areas of the body. For example, this laser can be used to treat the throat. Today, our experts at Generations Family Practice Wellness Center in Cary, NC are looking at how snoring can be treated safely and effectively.
The short answer is yes! This Fotona laser treatment has been shown to be an effective treatment for snoring. In one study, it was shown to reduce snoring by up to 50%. The results of the study, notably, showed that the treatment was safe in addition to effective for the treatment of snoring.
The number of sessions you will need will depend on your individual situation. Some people may only need one session, while others may need six sessions. During your initial consultation, we will determine how many treatment sessions you will need for sufficient snoring treatment. Most of the time, people will need a series of three treatments spaced about two weeks apart in order to achieve optimal results.
There are some restrictions that one needs to adhere to after undergoing treatment. These restrictions are necessary to ensure the success of the treatment. Some of the restrictions include:
Note, since there is no general anesthesia or sedation administered during this treatment, you are free to drive yourself back to work once your quick, easy session is complete. However, you will need to take the day off from work if your job requires vigorous physical activity.
Most people see results from NightLase within the first two sessions. However, depending on how severe your snoring is, you may need more or fewer sessions for optimal results. In other words, you can expect to see at least a 50% reduction in snoring within four weeks of your first treatment session.
Keep in mind, individual results vary. You may find that after just one or two treatment sessions, your sleep specialist tells you that you don’t even need to wear an oral appliance. On the other hand, if your sleep apnea is extremely severe, you may need four to six sessions (two to three months or more) before your snoring reduces to the point of needing an oral appliance instead of a CPAP machine.
Individual results vary, but treatment results do not last indefinitely. You can expect with a fair amount of confidence that you will need a follow-up session every six to 12 months to maintain your results.
A typical NightLase treatment takes around 30 minutes. However, individual treatment lengths vary. During your treatment session, you can expect to wear a light device on your head that will emit low-level laser energy. The tiny Fotona laser fiber will be inserted into your mouth and warm your tissues. This energy is designed to help reduce snoring and improve the quality of your sleep. You may also be given a nasal dilator to wear during treatment.
No, this snoring treatment is not painful at all. When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll have to fill out a little paperwork. Then, you’ll be brought to your clean, comfortable, private treatment room. Once you’re comfortably reclined in your chair, we will clean your mouth and apply a numbing gel to your throat. You will not feel anything at all during your treatment session.
This is a great treatment option for people who snore. Independent clinical trials have shown that it is very effective in reducing or eliminating snoring altogether. If you snore, there is a good chance that you will qualify for this treatment, especially if your snoring is so disruptive that you have been told you should use a CPAP in lieu of an oral appliance.
However, this treatment is not right for everyone. To determine whether you qualify for this treatment, we need to examine the anatomy of your mouth and throat. This is the perfect treatment if your sleep apnea is caused by loose throat tissues. However, if your sleep apnea is caused by a large tongue, you may not benefit from this treatment.
One of the most important preparation steps to take is getting a good night’s sleep the night before your treatment. Try to avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol in the hours leading up to your appointment. These substances can affect your blood pressure. In turn, your blood pressure can affect your treatment.
Snoring is a problem because it can disrupt your sleep and the sleep of those around you. It can be loud and annoying, and it can make it difficult to get a good night’s rest. Additionally, snoring can be a sign of an underlying health condition, such as sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious health complications. That’s why many people turn to NightLase for snoring reduction or elimination.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects roughly one-tenth of women and a quarter of men. It involves shallow breaths or pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more per hour. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when throat muscles relax and allow soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse and block the airway.
Sleep apnea can seriously affect your quality of sleep, especially if you wake up regularly gasping for air. If you don’t get enough sleep, you might be putting your health at risk. According to the National Sleep Foundation, not getting enough sleep can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. It can also make you more likely to get into accidents or hurt yourself. Poor sleep can also lead to depression and anxiety.
NightLase is a non-invasive laser treatment that heats the tissue in the back of the throat thanks to heat from the low-level Fotona laser. The heat emitted from the laser firms up the tissue in the back of your throat, keeping it from vibrating. Once your throat can’t vibrate excessively anymore, you can no longer snore. It is important to seek treatment for your snoring because it doesn’t just affect the quality of sleep you and your partner get.
It can also seriously affect your health and the health of your partner. If you are ready to take the first step to restore your health and quality of life, drop us a line now at Generations Family Practice Wellness Center in Cary, NC to schedule an appointment. .