Fotona Nightlase Therapy is Effective for Snoring Treatment
Snoring is the production of a hoarse and loud sound that occurs as a result of air being forced through obstructed airways (either the nose or mouth). This obstruction is most commonly caused by a low, thick, and soft palate or an elongated uvula (and is known as palatal snoring), but it can also be caused by allergies and lifestyle choices, like alcohol consumption and sleeping positions.
Nowadays, snoring is a very common occurrence in people of all ages and can cause a variety of complications, but excessive snoring can be a sign of a serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea. Even if you do not have sleep apnea, snoring can disrupt the sleep of both yourself and your partner, leading to a general reduction in the quality of life.
Normally, snoring conditions can be corrected through behavioral changes like changing sleeping positions, but in the case of palatal snoring, such methods may not work. You may then need to employ other forms of medical treatment. One of these treatments is Fotona Nightlase therapy.
What Is Nightlase Therapy & How Does It Work?
Fotona Nightlase therapy is a patented non-invasive dental laser treatment that is used to improve the general quality of sleep and reduce the occurrence of snoring.
Nightlase uses gentle laser technology to heat sections of tissue at the back of the throat. This induces the contraction of collagen in the oral mucosal tissue of the airways, which leads to a reduction of the shape of the oral apparatus, opening up the airways and reducing the risk of air blockage. The Nightlase therapy is typically done in three 20-minute sessions that are spread over a period of 6 weeks. In most cases, results are observed almost immediately and can last for up to a year.
Is This Procedure Painful?
As this procedure makes use of a gentle ER:YAG laser modality that increases the temperature of the targeted area without causing any external damage, it is highly unlikely for you to feel anything but a warm and tingly sensation in the area of contact.
How Do I Know If I Need This Treatment?
At Beverly Hills Dentistry, we offer screening questions before treatment and also evaluate the information you provide such as:
- Sleeping position
- Airflow levels
- Records of snoring, as well as any other vital information throughout the night.
With this knowledge, we can determine the best treatment options that are available to you.
For more information or to book an appointment for Fotona Nightlase therapy, please call us today. We serve patients in the LA metro area, including Los Angeles, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills.