Non-Invasive Snoring and Sleep Apnea Reduction
How does NightLase work?
NightLase works by photothermolysis (heat generation in tissues) from the FOTONA Erbium laser. The heat gently warms the tissue and stimulates new collagen formation in the soft tissues in the mouth. This results in tightening and firming of the airway, decreasing the sound of snoring, and improving air exchange.
NightLase provides patients with a safe, effective, and non-surgical alternative to reduce the effects of snoring and sleep apnea and can be used in addition to traditional methods to improve outcomes of sleep apnea treatments.
What does the procedure involve?
NightLase has a high success rate at reducing the impact of sleep apnea and snoring on patients and their sleep partners. The treatment is performed in multiple sessions over a few weeks (based on Dr. Greider’s recommendation) with results lasting up to one year. If needed, treatments can be performed again based on each patient’s needs.
Clinical studies have shown statistical differences with up to 95% reporting improvement in sleep, snoring reduction, and satisfaction. Those patients with a healthy BMI and non-smokers had the best results.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Why does it matter?
Snoring can be a common habit; however, if happening frequently, can be associated with health issues that need to be addressed. Snoring can not only affect the quality of your sleep, but often affects sleeping partners and can lead to irritability, fatigue, stress, decreased libido, and increased risk of heart attack. Snoring can be related to a number of factors including obesity, medication use, alcohol, smoking, nasal congestion, and anatomy of the mouth and airway.
Snoring is often associated with sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the tissues in the back of the throat and tongue collapse and close off the airway, leading to patients who stop breathing when they sleep. These people often do not sleep as deeply and find they wake frequently and often have daytime sleepiness. OSA is diagnosed by a sleep physician and often involves a sleep study done at a hospital facility. Dr. Greider can also screen for risk factors of OSA at our Fort Myers, FL dental office.