NIGHTLASE® Snoring Reduction
Brian K. Dennis, DDS PC provides treatment for snoring and sleep apnea in Albuquerque, NM. Call 505-292-1051 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Sleep apnea and snoring are closely related—when the airway becomes narrowed or blocked during sleep, snoring occurs. If this obstruction causes stoppage in breathing, it’s categorized as sleep apnea. Our practice offers alternatives to CPAP such as oral appliances and an innovative snoring and sleep apnea treatment called NIGHTLASE®, which uses laser therapy to improve sleep quality.
Sleep apnea can dramatically affect your quality of life. When you never wake up feeling refreshed and have chronic exhaustion, it impacts your job, schooling, and family life. Untreated sleep apnea is also linked to health conditions like high blood pressure and strokes. With NIGHTLASE®, we use a specialized laser to tighten up the soft tissue in the airway, which decreases snoring and makes it easier to breathe. NIGHTLASE® is fast, effective, and non-invasive; it doesn’t require anesthesia and you’ll see improved sleep quality immediately after treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea and NIGHTLASE®
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts due to the airway being blocked by tissues at the back of your throat or even your tongue. When the airway is blocked, your brain wakes you up to start breathing again and you immediately fall back to sleep, not even aware you were even awake. If you snore loudly or feel tired after a full night’s sleep, you could have sleep apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, impotence, fatigue and depression. Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a physician.
What is NIGHTLASE®?
NIGHTLASE® is a patent-pending snoring and sleep apnea treatment that uses laser light to help tighten the tissues that cause snoring and opens up the airway for a more restful sleep. No anesthesia is necessary and there is no recovery or down time so you can immediately resume normal activities.
Does NIGHTLASE® work for sleep apnea?
Yes, NIGHTLASE® can be an effective treatment alternative for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is may caused by soft tissues in the airway blocking air flow. By stimulating collagen in the soft tissues of the palate, we reduce or eliminate the cause of your breathing obstruction.
How can I reduce or get rid of snoring?
Most of the recommended remedies for snoring are temporary fixes—nasal strips only work when you wear them, sleeping on your side only works until you roll over in bed, etc. NIGHTLASE® is one of the few solutions that offers a treatment to reduce or possibly eliminate snoring because it tightens the soft, loose tissue that causes you to snore.
What is the best treatment for sleep apnea?
CPAP is the gold standard for treating sleep apnea which must be prescribed by a physician, but not everyone can tolerate CPAP therapy. Every patient is different, so the best treatment for sleep apnea depends on your unique needs. We choose to offer NIGHTLASE® at our practice because it provides patients with an alternative to CPAP, as well as mandibular advancement appliances for sleep apnea.
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can be difficult to diagnose because many patients don’t realize that they stop breathing in their sleep. The most common signs include persistent tiredness, loud snoring, waking up gasping for air in the middle of the night, morning headaches and sore throats, and difficulty concentrating.
What happens with untreated sleep apnea?
When sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, headaches, mood disorders, and memory issues. Driving while sleep deprived puts you at a higher risk of car crashes, and your chronic exhaustion can make it difficult to do your job, focus on school, and be as active as you’d like.
Is there an alternative to CPAP for sleep apnea?
Yes, NIGHTLASE® is an excellent alternative to CPAP machines. Many patients find CPAP machines uncomfortable; some even stop using them because of this. NIGHTLASE® reduces the effects of snoring and sleep apnea by tightening the tissues in the throat and soft palate. NIGHTLASE® doesn’t require you to wear a mask or oral appliance, allowing you to sleep comfortably and finally get the rest you need.
Call 505-292-1051 to schedule your appointment.