Are you constantly being elbowed throughout the night by your partner because of your snoring? Or are you always losing sleep because your partner is the one who snores? While often joked about, chronic snoring can lead to a serious loss of quality sleep, and it is often a precursor for a dangerous disorder called sleep apnea. Fortunately, NightLase snoring treatment from our Bohemia, NY dentist can provide a comfortable and lasting solution that will have you and your loved ones sleeping better for countless nights to come.
Snoring and sleep–disordered breathing affect millions of Americans, both adults and children. One of the most common causes of snoring is excess loose tissue inside the mouth and throat. As air passes through the throat, this loose tissue vibrates, leading to that iconic sound we all call snoring. While annoying, snoring can also prevent someone from getting enough oxygen while they sleep, plus these tissues have the potential to collapse together and briefly cut off breathing entirely (which is sleep apnea).
The potential impacts of snoring are countless. The reduced quality of rest can make a person persistently tired despite sleeping for 7–9 hours, which drastically increases the risk for a motor vehicle accident as well as cardiovascular issues. A person’s relationships can be impacted by snoring as well, as disrupted sleep can make everyone in the household more irritable and even resentful to the snorer.
NightLase can quickly firm up loose oral tissue and dramatically increase the size of the airway. The laser machine energy is used to heat the tissues of the airway, causing a tightening effect, which helps to keep the throat open. It takes approximately 3 treatments spaced over 2 months. Each treatment takes about 15 minutes, and there is no need for anesthesia. The procedure is comfortable, and you can resume your daily routine right afterward. Most patients experience immediate results and see a reduction in snoring and sleep apnea symptoms by 50% or more.