Why you should be concerned about snoring and Sleep Apnea?
Simply put it can have serious negative consequences on your life and can shorten your lifespan by many years!! Do you wake up tired? Do you find it hard to concentrate during the day? Do you fall asleep during the day? Are you irritable and forgetful? Does your sleep partner complain about your snoring? Lack of good quality sleep from snoring and sleep apnea (when you actually stop breathing for brief periods while sleeping) can cause serious dangerous consequences to your health starving your brain of oxygen and cardiovascular plaque build-up in the Carotid arteries that could cause you to have a stroke.
Factors Affecting Sleep Apnea & Snoring
- Hypotonia(flabby) of the soft palate, uvula, sides of the throat and base of the tongue
- Deficient airway
- Swollen and/or inflamed tissues in the nose and throat area (such as swollen turbinate bones, deviated septum)
- Swollen tonsils and adenoids
- Excessive fat
- Malocclusion/malpositioned jaw
- Relaxants such as alcohol and prescription drugs can let the tongue fall back into the throat area, worsening the situation.
Side effects of snoring and sleep disordered breathing problems
- Sleep apnea reduces your longevity by about 12 years
- Heart attack
- Headaches, migraines
- Impotence, loss of libido
- Increased incidence of heart attack & stroke
- Daytime fatigue
- Acid reflux, GERD
- Weight gain
- Stress reactions
- Aggressive behavior
- Traffic, work, & at-home accidents
- Abnormal facial growth/development in children
Benefits of Better Sleep
Making adjustments to your bedtime routine can make a huge impact on your quality of sleep, but it may not solve all your problems. If sleep apnea or constant snoring are causing you to lose sleep, we can help! With a variety of treatment options available, Dr. Cappetta can assist you in finding the solution that is best for you, so you can get the rest you need! Some of the incredible benefits our patients have experienced after treatment include:
- More energy
- Weight loss
- Longer life
- Less stress
- Lower risk of accidents
- Less anxiety or depression
- Improved memory
- More successful at work
- Better relationships
- Increased libido
- Improved blood pressure
- Less inflammation
- Increased creativity
- Better grades
- Sharpened attention
- Lower risk of injury
- Stronger immune system
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.
NightLase® Snoring Treatment
- Increases the quality of sleep
- Easy to perform and undergo
- Lessens the intensity and duration of snoring
- Safe and patient-friendly
What is NightLase® Snoring Treatment?
NightLase® Treatment is a fast, non-invasive and friendly way of increasing the quality of sleep and helping you to get more oxygen while you sleep. NightLase can decreases the amplitude and frequency of snoring through the use of a gentle, superficial Er:YAG laser light. No anesthesia is used in this treatment and there is no downtime so you can return to your regular activities right away. It is a new exciting and innovative procedure that uses light energy to tighten the soft tissue in the back of the mouth in order to reduce snoring. It has been in use in Europe, Canada and South America since 2010. There is no need for needles or anesthesia and most patients do not experience any pain during or after the procedure. It is non-surgical, meaning there is no cutting of tissue.
How does NightLase® Treatment work?
So how does NightLase® work? What is the mechanism? It involves something that dermatologists have been using for years – can you say, “neo-collagenesis?” That’s NEE-O-COLLAGEN-EESIS – new collagen. The light energy stimulates remodeling of collagen and the synthesis of new collagen fibers, this tightens of the soft tissue in the back of the mouth, thereby reducing snoring. A recent research study completed at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine showed significant increase in airway volume after NightLase® treatment. Increasingly, dentists have been involved in the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring. Some patients cannot tolerate the CPAP machine. In addition, many patients do not want to get a mandibular appliance or have surgery. NIghtLase® is a relatively new procedure that shows results for those patients who are not interested in (or cannot tolerate) the other options. It can also be used as an adjunctive procedure, in combination with other procedures, to increase airway volume.
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 is comprised of three separate 20-30 minute treatment sessions 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.
Research has shown that NightLase reduces snoring for about 80 per cent of the patients treated.
Is NightLase® a complicated procedure? Does it hurt?
NightLase is simple and patients typically experience minimal discomfort. It is easy to perform and has a high success rate. Research has shown that NightLase® reduces snoring for about 80 per cent of the patients treated.
Call today for a complimentary NightLase consultation. 210-614-5481