Sleep apnea and snoring can cause restless nights and the many health struggles associated with a lack of sleep. The reduced quality of rest can make a person tired even if they are getting the proper amount of sleep.
NightLase laser airway improvement is a gentle and effective laser treatment that shapes the airway to increase the quality of a person’s sleep. NightLase has been known to help over 80% of patients who receive this laser treatment to see a decrease in their snoring and an increase in their sleep quality.
NightLase can help improve the quality of your sleep. If you have questions about how it can help you, call us today to schedule an appointment!
The Non-surgical Treatment to Stop Snoring and Sleep Apnea
NightLase treatment is a fast and smooth way of increasing the quality of a patient’s sleep. No anesthesia is needed during this treatment. NightLase stimulates the production of new collagen in the throat and soft palate, which makes the tissues firmer and increases the size of the airway.
As a result, this treatment prevents the throat from collapsing while sleeping. A NightLase treatment consists of 3–4 treatments over 9–12 weeks. Each appointment is approximately 45 minutes long.
What Is NightLase, and How Can It Help Me?
NightLase is a simple laser treatment used to reshape a patient’s airway, resulting in better sleep. The laser treatment induces the tightening of the soft tissues in the back of the throat and airway, contracting these tissues and expanding the airway.
NightLase uses a laser to stimulate collagen contraction in the tissues of the upper airway. While NightLase can help decrease snoring and sleep apnea, it can also help eliminate the effects of poor sleep such as improving morning headaches, depression, sleepiness, and fatigue.
Here at Pickens Family Dentistry, we provide safe and efficient NightLase treatment. Call us today to see how it can benefit you!
How Does NightLase Work?
NightLase targets the soft palate, which can be a big contributor to snoring vibrations. The soft palate is in the back part of the roof of your mouth. When you breathe, the floppy soft palate can vibrate. This vibration is what causes snoring.
NightLase is a non-invasive treatment that uses gentle laser light to tighten the tissue of the soft palate and tongue to reduce the sounds of snoring. As the soft palate heals, the tissue shrinks and firms.
This treatment also lessens the effects of sleep apnea. After the first night of treatment, you should experience a reduction in your snoring. The reduction will increase over the first month and after you have your follow-up appointments you should notice lasting results in your snoring and sleep apnea.
What Is a NightLase Treatment Like?
NightLase treatment can be done right in our dental office in a series of quick visits. The laser is used to heat tissues of the airway. This process isn’t painful—we don’t usually need to use anesthesia! Patients can expect a comfortable treatment appointment every few weeks. After each one, you’ll be able to resume your normal daily routine right afterward.
5 Things to Know Before Starting NightLase Treatment:
- Snoring Is Closely Related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): A partially blocked airway creates vibrations that make those snoring sounds. Sleep apnea is a condition where the airway is blocked for 10 seconds or longer multiple times throughout the night.
- Comprehensive Dental and Medical Diagnostics are Important: Having a sleep study done and the patient evaluated is critical in understanding the severity of a person’s snoring and potential sleep apnea. This will help determine the right course of treatment.
- If Snoring Is Cured—Sleep Apnea Risks Can Still Occur: Once you receive the NightLase treatment, it is important to continue with follow-up appointments to to observe any continuing sleep apnea symptoms.
- NightLase Is Not a “Quick Fix”: NightLase is a process that usually takes several months and multiple sessions. Some patients will see improvement within the first couple of treatments, but for some, it will take 3–4 treatments to see improvement.
- Not All NightLase Treatments Are Created Equal: Due to NightLase being a fairly new technology, many dentists are still learning this treatment method. Come to Pickens Family Dentistry for quality NightLase treatment.
NightLase for a Good Night’s Sleep
NightLase is a safe and effective solution to stop snoring. We recommend that patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or chronic snoring talk with Dr. Pickens about NightLase treatment being an option for them.
Get Ready to Feel Great with NightLase and Contact Our Office Today!
Don’t miss out on finding a solution for your poor sleep! Call our office today to schedule an appointment with our dentist to find out if NightLase is the right treatment for you!