What are Snoring Solutions, Remedies, and Treatments?
Snoring and sleep apnea are common conditions in both men and women which often lead to something called “sleep divorce”. Due to one partner being disturbed during sleep because of the partners snoring or sleep apnea devices, a mutual decision to sleep apart is known as “sleep divorce”. In the past, only invasive procedures or snoring aids were available with limited success, but advancements in technology have given sleep divorce couples (or those soon to be), options to eliminate snoring and allow both partners to get restful sleep.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring can be caused by multiple factors but for most people when they doze off and progress from a light sleep to a deep sleep, the muscles in the roof of their mouths called the soft palate, their tongues and throats relax. This can partially block the airway and if the air being breathed in and out comes against resistance these partially blocked areas, vibration can occur, causing snoring. Around 40% of adult males and 24% of adult females snore regularly and snoring is more common during middle age
What is Sleep Apnea?
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea where obstruction of a person’s airway causes them to stop breathing during sleep. A noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring and so snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea long with intermittent periods where a person appears to stop breathing while they sleep, and sometimes making choking or gasping sounds. Apart from loud snoring, a person with sleep apnea may also experience daytime sleepiness, insomnia, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating or remembering things, irritability, and low sex drive. Sleep apnea has also been linked to hypertension, heart failure, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland function), and problems with the nervous system.
Is There a Cure for Snoring?
With advancements in technology, there is now a cure for snoring. It is called NightLASE which is laser treatment using Fotona proprietary technology and is non-surgical no downtime option for patients that suffer from snoring.
What is NightLASE?
NightLase is a laser treatment that targets the soft tissue responsible for blocking airways and causing snoring during sleep. Using Fotona proprietary technology, laser energy applied to the tissue causes collagen fibers to contract and to create new collagen. Nightlase is designed to tighten the soft palate which tends to sag as we age causing obstruction when we sleep. Nightlase opens the air passages by raising the soft palate tissue through collagen contraction and new collagen formation, ultimately reducing snoring loudness and intensity, possibly improving sleep apnea.
Who is a Candidate for NightLASE?
NightLase can help anyone that struggles with loud snoring caused by soft tissue obstruction that compromises breathing during sleep. Whether just annoyance to anyone else sleeping in the same bed, or actually having undesirable side effects of disrupted sleep, NightLase can be helpful.
What Are the Benefits of NightLase?
NightLase offers several benefits to patients who want to reduce their snoring. NightLase is designed to treat the primary source of snoring by strengthening collagen in the soft palate and surrounding areas, non-surgical and non-invasive, effective for up to a year or more, virtually painless for most patients, and eliminates the need for bulky oral appliances when they sleep. NightLase offers men and women the freedom to rest comfortably without disruptive snoring for a full night’s sleep or for the need for cumbersome aids to be worn at night.
What Happens During NightLASE Treatment?
NightLase treatment is done without any type of anesthetic, which means no injections or topical numbing solutions to be applied to the treatment area. With your mouth open, a specialized NightLase handpiece is used to apply laser energy to targeted areas of the soft palate and throat. During this process, most patients experience only a mild feeling of warmth and tingling when the laser is pulsed. Once the entire area has been treated, the session is complete and only takes about twenty minutes.
Do I Have to Recover After NightLASE Treatment?
Nightlase is a no downtime procedure, but for approximately 24 to 48 hours you may experience slight throat irritation. Most patients return to their normal activities immediately following their session.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect After NightLASE Treatment?
A series of three treatments spaced three to five weeks apart is usually what is necessary to achieve optimal improvements in snoring. After the first session, it is not uncommon for patients to notice some degree of immediate snoring reduction. Once three sessions have been completed, patients who have undergone successful treatment with NightLase usually feel more rested when they awaken in the morning, and their partners notice a significant reduction in snoring volume and intensity.
This blog provides information on causes of snoring that progress to sleep apnea and informs you of a revolutionary treatment called NightLase that can eliminate snoring and possibility sleep apnea. Schedule you free consultation now.