NightLase is a noninvasive intraoral treatment that uses low-level laser technology to improve the firmness and tightness of the soft palate, posterior tongue and floor of the mouth to reduce snoring and also reduces the severity of sleep apnea. The treatment involves the use of a laser to gently heat the collagen in this tissue which helps to tighten and firm up mucosal tissues (especially the soft palate) around the airway which is problematic in snoring. This tightening reduces collapse of the airway during sleep, which is one of the main causes of sleep apnea and snoring.
NightLase is typically performed over a series of three treatments. The exact details of the treatment may vary depending on the specific needs of the patient, but each treatment typically involves the use of a low-level laser to gently heat the collagen which makes it firmer and more rigid. The laser is applied in a carefully controlled manner to ensure tissue is evenly heated and that the treatment is safe and effective.
The treatment does not require numbing or anesthesia. It is not uncomfortable, except for a warming sensation felt on the treated tissues, and often has a mild ‘sore throat’ sensation for the 24 hrs. after each treatment. The risks of NightLase are minimal, and the treatment is safe when performed properly.
Dr. Reese has been been using the Fotona Lightwalker laser for over 16 months which is the laser specific for the Nightlase treatment. He has trained with the Advanced Laser Training Institute and Dr. Harvey Shiffman who were instrumental in development of this laser application for snoring treatment.
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