NightLase is a snoring treatment that uses laser technology to treat the problem in a patient’s throat that is causing him or her to snore. Snoring is caused by a blockage in the airway that causes vibrations and creates the snoring sounds. During this treatment, laser technology is used to heat the soft tissues in the throat, causing a reduction in the size of these tissues to open up the airways and prevent vibrations.
How is NightLase performed?
NightLase treatment is performed in the dental office. A local anesthetic is first used to numb the tissue. The laser is then gently placed at the soft palate. Patients report feeling a gentle warming sensation. The laser is activated and generates a gentle vibration that quickly disrupts the tissue and reduces or eliminates snoring. The entire process takes less than 10 minutes and patients can resume normal activities immediately.
NightLase treatment is also recommended for patients with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes breathing interruptions. These pauses usually last between 10 seconds and one minute. People who suffer from sleep apnea have difficulty breathing while they sleep. They usually snore heavily, wake up feeling tired, and have morning headaches.
Who is a good candidate for
Patients who suffer from any of the aforementioned symptoms could be good candidates for NightLase treatment. The positive effects of NightLase treatment are not limited to the effects on the airway. Patients who use NightLase often experience better daytime alertness and mental clarity. Some patients also report improved productivity at work, as NightLase promotes better sleep.
To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentist in Albuquerque NM Alicia Abeyta, call (505)-293-7611 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.