Snoring and Sleep Apnea (NightLase)
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About NightLase® Therapy For Snoring and Sleep Apnea:
Fotona® NightLase® therapy is a non-invasive laser treatment, designed to reduce the effects of snoring and sleep apnea to increase the quality of your sleep. NightLase® works by using a gentle, laser-induced tightening effect caused by the contraction of collagen in the oral mucosa tissue.
NightLase® is a safe and effective treatment, gentle enough to be used on the sensitive tissue inside the mouth, but strong enough to provide clinically effective heating. Patients find NightLase® to be a highly comfortable and satisfying solution. The treatment is known to have a high success rate in producing positive changes in sleep patterns. Another benefit of NightLase® is that it does not require a device to be worn during sleep and involves no chemical treatment.
NightLase Therapy for Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment at Skin Vitality
Fotona’s patented Er:YAG laser modality optimizes the length of laser pulses, allowing for the safe penetration of heat into the oral mucosa tissue.
NightLase® is easy for any doctor or dentist to perform and has a high success rate in producing a positive change in sleep patterns. Research has shown that NightLase® reduces and attenuates snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of sleep apnea.
Where can NightLase® be used?
The following dual-wavelength laser systems from Fotona are ideal for NightLase®:
- LightWalker – a uniquely capable system offering the power of the industry’s highest performance Er:YAG and Nd:YAG dental lasers for expanded dual-wavelength treatment options, including the proprietary TwinLight® Endodontic and Periodontal Treatments. The top-of-the-line LightWalker AT model features the ultimate in convenience and ergonomic comfort, and is the only dental laser system on the market that includes built-in scanner-ready technology.
- The SP Line of multi-application laser systems from Fotona (SP Dynamis & SP Spectro) provides a single uniquely capable and full-featured system offering the power of the industry’s highest performance Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers, ideal for a wide range of applications in aesthetics and dermatology. The SP Dynamis model also includes an additional surgical QCW Nd:YAG laser for lipolysis, hyperhidrosis and many other surgical procedures.
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How Does NightLase® work?
NightLase® uses a powerful, long pulsed Er: YAG laser to treat snoring. The heat from the laser prompts the contraction of the collagen in the oral mucosa tissue, and also strengthens the tissue. The tightening of the throat tissues helps to open up the airway at the back of the throat.
A full course of NightLase® consists of three separate treatment sessions over a six week period. The final results of the treatment have been shown to last up to a year, and the therapy can be repeated.
The treatment is a less-invasive alternative to current surgical, chemical or radiosurgical options that may require hospitalization, general anesthesia or soft-tissue mutilation.
FAQ's About NightLase®
NightLase therapy is a patient-friendly laser treatment for increasing the quality of a patient’s sleep. NightLase can reduce the effects and decrease the amplitude of snoring through the use of a gentle laser treatment that is applied to the mucosa tissue. Unlike the surgical treatment, it does not involve any incisions, cutting, or burning.
Each treatment costs approximately $400-$600, and most people need 3-4 treatments over 9-12 weeks. Costs for the entire treatment typically range from $1200-$2000.
Some initial results of NightLase may be noticeable immediately following the procedure. The final results often last up to a year or more and treatments may be repeated as needed.
NightLase is a comfortable, gentle treatment that is not consiered painful. The majority of patients only experience a mild warm sensation during the procedure.
First, the doctor uses the laser to heat up the tissue of the soft palate, which will feel warm but not uncomfortable for the patient. The innovative handpiece technology used during the procedure allows safe, precisely controlled and optimal delivery of laser pulses to the treatment area. The laser tones and tightens the soft palate and the back of the throat by causing collagen contraction. This will prevent the back of the mouth from excessive relaxation and collapsing over the throat during sleep, in addition to preventing the soft palate to shrink, which opens the airway.
After the first session, it is not uncommon for patients to notice some degree of immediate snoring reduction. Once all sessions have been completed, the airway size is noticeably increased and snoring volume and intensity will be significantly reduced, consequently improving sleep patterns and quality. This occurs approximately 12 weeks following the first procedure, or depending on how frequently the patient is receiving treatments.
One NightLase treatment takes approximately 15-20 minutes per session, and there is no downtime required post-procedure.
There are usually no side-effects following NightLase treatment. Some patients may experience a minor sore throat, but this generally subsides within a few days. Some immediate snoring reduction can occur following the first treatment.
The results achieved with NightLase are not permanent and touch-up sessions may be required a year or more after the initial series of treatments.