Why do people snore?
Chronic snoring is a very common issue that currently affects many individuals, regardless of age. Though snoring can be the result of numerous factors. Snoring indicates that something is preventing the free flow of air through the nose and mouth during sleep. The obstruction normally occurs in the upper airway and is most commonly due to the soft palate or excess floppy tissue in the throat.
The narrowing in the throat causes the nearby tissues to vibrate, resulting in the rattling sound which is referred to as snoring. Other causes of snoring include nasal problems such as enlarged or blocked turbinates, sleep posture (specifically sleeping on the back), and medications.
Can chronic snoring impact my health?
Snoring is not as harmless as many are led to believe. Snoring can lead to serious health issues, not to mention the difficulties that may arise in your relationship with your spouse/significant other who sleeps next to you at night.
Not getting a good night’s sleep can reduce focus, concentration, and alertness. Extreme cases of snoring may indicate the presence of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition in which the walls of the throat narrow during sleep, leading to the interruption of normal breathing. People with the condition are at risk of developing serious health issues such as high blood, diabetes, and heart disease.
What is NightLase® Snoring Treatment?
NightLase® is a fast, patient-friendly and practically non-invasive treatment for snoring. It reduces snoring intensity with a gentle laser light treatment. It also can be used to help treat sleep Apnea for patients who can’t tolerate CPAP or oral devices. There is no anesthesia needed for this procedure. Used effectively and safely in Europe for many years, this exciting procedure is now available in the United States.
Are you a good candidate?
Are you tired of having your sleep interrupted at night because of snoring? If you are, NightLase treatment can help you get the restful sleep you desire, so that you wake up feeling refreshed. If snoring is negatively impacting your sleep or putting you at risk of sleep Apnea, you may be a good candidate for NightLase. Come speak with Doctor Flower and learn more about how he can help you.
How is treatment conducted?
NightLase® treatment is performed using laser light that gently warms the tissue, causing tightening of the tissue in the back of the throat which leads to a significant reduction of the sound of the patients snoring. The procedure is performed in two simple steps:
Step 1: PRECONDITIONING – The laser light preheats the tissue.
Step 2: TISSUE STRENGTHENING – Laser light strengthens the tissue.
A full course of NightLase treatment involves three separate 20-30-minute treatment sessions, each 21 days apart. The final result of the treatment has been shown to last up to a year. Results are often seen after the first appointment, although patients should complete all three sessions to ensure effects are long-lasting.
At this point in time, I am not ready to say that this is an alternative to a CPAP or a Mandibular Oral Appliance; both of which have a well-documented history of efficacy with snoring and sleep apnea. However, this new procedure shows great results for reducing snoring. When the patients or their loved ones notice the effects lessening, another single session or treatment can be performed.
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