NightLase is a fast and effective treatment to reduce snoring and drastically improve a patient, and their partner’s, sleep quality. By utilising the innovative Fotona laser, symptoms of sleep apnea are diminished and the amplitude of snoring is significantly decreased.
To speak to Dr. Sabina, contact the CREO Clinic today and find out how NightLase can help you get the good nights sleep you deserve.
What is Laser Snoring Treatment?
Snoring can be caused by a number of factors, with one of the most common being lax or excess tissues in the upper palate. Laser snoring treatments are a non-invasive alternative to surgical interventions to manage snoring and sleep apnea. They work by using laser energy to carefully heat the tissues in the upper palate that can cause snoring. In doing so, the tissues are tightened, reducing the sound of a patient’s snoring and the effects of sleep apnea.
NightLase is an innovative treatment by the Fotona SP Dynamis laser, harnessing the Er:YAG wavelength to gently alleviate snoring and sleep apnea without chemical treatment or surgery. The soft tissues of the palate and uvula are gently heated to contract and tighten the collagen fibres.
By tightening these structures, the vibrations of the soft tissues are reduced. This helps to alleviate snoring, improve airway patency and can reduce the frequency of sleep apnea episodes.
Benefits of NightLase Laser Snoring Treatment
NightLase is an effective, patient-friendly laser treatment for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea with a multitude of unique benefits:
- Improved sleep quality – NightLase is able to effectively reduce or eliminate snoring, improving a patient’s sleep quality as well as their partner’s.
- Non-invasive – NightLase is a non-surgical procedure, requiring no incisions, meaning there is no risk of associated complications like infections or bleeding.
- Quick treatment – A NightLase treatment session typically takes only 20-30 minutes in total.
- Minimal downtime – patients are able to return to their daily activities immediately after treatment.
- Better overall health – NightLase can provide relief from symptoms of sleep apnea, such as loud snoring and daytime drowsiness.
- Long-lasting results – NightLase results typically last up to a year, though maintenance treatments may be required.
Why Get Laser Snoring Treatment at CREO Clinic
At the CREO Clinic, we are proud to offer doctor-led laser treatments, including NightLase. Having undergone extensive training with the innovative Fotona SP Dynamis laser, Dr. Sabina has the skills and experience necessary to create and perform a bespoke treatment plan, tailored to your individual needs.
Moreover, NightLase offers an effective solution to snoring which can significantly improve you and your partner’s sleep quality. In doing so, patients feel well rested and can reap the plethora of benefits that a good night’s sleep has to offer.
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What is Snoring?
Snoring describes the sound produced when air flows by the relaxed tissues in the throat, causing the tissue to vibrate when breathing. It is often caused by the presence of too much tissue in the throat, including patients with uvula elongation, palatal flutter and soft palate or tonsil hypertrophy.
Snoring is more common in men, though women can also struggle with the condition. Other factors that are linked to snoring include obesity, alcohol intake, nasal congestion and the use of some medications.
Regular, loud snoring can be a symptom of a more serious health condition called sleep apnea, particularly when other patients also experience chronic tiredness during the day.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep-related breathing disorder where a person’s breathing repeatedly starts and stops, causing them to wake up periodically and disrupting sleep quality. A lot of patients with the condition often experience symptoms such as loud snoring, choking or gasping during sleep, and tiredness in the daytime which can affect their concentration and general mood.
Patients with sleep apnea are advised to see an ear, nose and throat doctor or a sleep specialist to assess and treat the condition.
There are two main types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea – This is caused by the airway narrowing during sleep, causing breathing disruptions.
- Central Sleep Apnea – This is caused by a lack of communication between the brain and the muscles that control breathing.
Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Treatments for Snoring?
Patients experiencing mild to moderate snoring caused by excess tissue in the throat are generally good candidates for NightLase. This includes patients with uvula elongation, palatal flutter and soft palate or tonsil hypertrophy.
In general, patients will need to be in good health with no other underlying health conditions, including untreated, severe sleep apnea or nasal obstruction. Patients will also need to have realistic expectations about the results NightLase can achieve as it may not be possible to fully eliminate snoring with non-invasive laser treatment alone. Instead, laser treatment results in a 50% reduction in snoring on average.
How Much Do NightLase Treatments Cost?
Following a consultation with Dr. Sabina, a bespoke treatment plan will be created which will map out the number of sessions required for effective improvements in your snoring and the associated cost breakdown. In general, up to three sessions are required for NightLase treatment, with the price of this package starting from £490.
What to Expect
During your consultation, you will be asked about your sleeping patterns and the frequency and severity of your snoring. You will also be asked about your general health, and whether you have previously received treatment for sleep apnea or other medical conditions.
You will be asked about your expectations for NightLase treatment, and our specialist will explain the results you can anticipate to ensure that these are realistic.
If you are deemed suitable for treatment, you will be able to undergo your first session during the same appointment as the consultation. For patients with suspected sleep apnea, however, you may need to be referred to a specialist to further assess your symptoms.
NightLase typically takes 20-30 minutes to complete, and does not require an anaesthetic due to its non-invasive nature.
During treatment, the gentle yet strong Er:YAG laser is carefully directed at the soft tissues inside the mouth and at the back of the throat that can cause snoring. These targeted tissues are then gently heated with the laser light. Patients may feel a warmth in their mouth during treatment, but this should not be painful as the heating is only superficial and does not damage the tissues.
Overall, NightLase laser treatment is divided into two simple stages. First, the laser light preheats the targeted tissues. After this, the laser strengthens and tightens the tissues, which reduces the sound of snoring.
The downtime after NightLase is minimal, and most patients are able to immediately return to daily activities after their treatment. However, patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities for at least the first 24 hours after treatment to reduce the risk of discomfort.
Patients may experience some side effects in the first few days after treatment, such as a mild sore throat, dry mouth or a warm or tight sensation in the treated area. These are typically mild and should gradually fade within a few days. Swelling and redness can also occur in this time, which can be managed with a cool compress.
NightLase Laser Snoring Treatment FAQs
Will I need multiple NightLase treatments?
The number of sessions required is dependent on a patient’s individual needs. In general, it is recommended that patients undergo up to three separate treatment sessions with the intervals between treatments being 2-4 weeks long. Patients can then undergo additional maintenance sessions when required.
How long do NightLase treatments take?
NightLase treatment sessions typically take 20-30 minutes to complete.
Does laser snoring treatment hurt?
Laser snoring treatment should not be painful, though patients may experience a warm sensation in the targeted tissue as the laser is used. However, this is generally well tolerated by patients.
How long is the recovery period?
NightLase requires virtually no downtime, and patients can return to daily activities immediately after treatment. However, it is recommended that strenuous activities are avoided for the first 24 hours after treatment.
How long do laser snoring treatments last?
The results from NightLase are long-lasting but they aren’t permanent. Patients can expect to enjoy the benefits of NightLase for up to a year, after which they may wish to undergo additional sessions to maintain the results.
Is NightLase considered a non-invasive snoring surgery?
NightLase is a non-invasive procedure. It does not involve surgery, anaesthetic or incisions.