NightLase® Laser Snoring Treatment
Chronic snorers and their partners often experience several disruptions throughout the night, which can affect sleep quality and overall quality-of-life. Medical laser company, Fotona, has developed a laser treatment called NightLase® for the reduction of snoring. NightLase® targets the soft tissue responsible for blocking airways and causing snoring during sleep. During treatment, laser energy applied to the tissue causes collagen fibers to contract. This process is designed to tighten the treatment area and broaden the air passages, ultimately reducing snoring volume and intensity. Our Medical Director, Jeffrey Hunt, D.O., R.V.S., R.V.P.I., is highly skilled and experienced in performing the NightLase® procedure and has helped many patients take control of their snoring with this innovative, non-invasive treatment.
- What are the Benefits of NightLase®?
- Who is a Candidate for NightLase®?
- What Happens during NightLase® Treatment?
- Do I have to Recover after NightLase® Treatment?
- What Kind of Results Can I Expect after NightLase® Treatment?
If you or your partner struggles with loud, chronic snoring, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a NightLase® consultation. During this one-on-one appointment, Dr. Hunt can answer any questions you have and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
What Are the Benefits of NightLase®?
Dr. Hunt has chosen to offer NightLase® treatment because of the many advantages it offers to patients who want to reduce their snoring. NightLase® is:
- Designed to treat the primary source of snoring
- An effective way to strengthen collagen in the soft palate and surrounding areas
- Non-surgical and non-invasive
- Considered patient-friendly
- Aimed at decreasing the amplitude of snoring
- Reported to have a high rate of success
- Effective for up to a year or more
- Virtually painless for most patients
- Not harmful to healthy tissue
With NightLase®, patients may no longer need bulky oral appliances when they sleep. NightLase® finally offers men and women the freedom to rest comfortably without disruptive snoring for a full night’s sleep.
Who is a Candidate for NightLase®?
Ideal candidates for treatment with NightLase® struggle with loud snoring caused by soft tissue obstruction that compromises breathing during sleep. Many candidates also experience the undesirable side effects of disrupted sleep. The best way to find out if NightLase® can help reduce your snoring is to attend a consultation with Dr. Hunt. During the appointment, he discusses your snoring issues, reviews your medical history, and performs an extensive examination of your airways. By the end of your consultation, Dr. Hunt will be able to tell you whether NightLase® can deliver the results you are looking for.
What Happens During NightLase® Treatment?
No kind of anesthetic is necessary prior to your NightLase® treatment, which means no injections or topical numbing solutions will be applied to the treatment area. With your mouth open, Dr. Hunt will use the specialized NightLase® handpiece to apply laser energy to targeted areas of the soft palate and throat. During this process, most patients experience no discomfort; only a mild feeling of warmth and tingling when the laser is pulsed. Once the entire area has been treated, the session is complete. Treatment time generally takes about twenty minutes.
Do I Have to Recover After NightLase® Treatment?
For approximately 24 to 48 hours you may experience slight throat irritation. You will also be advised not to drink cold beverages for one hour post-treatment. Most patients return to their normal activities immediately following their session.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect After NightLase® Treatment?
For the majority of NightLase® patients, Dr. Hunt recommends a series of three treatments spaced two to three weeks apart to achieve optimal improvements in snoring. After the first session, it is not uncommon for patients to notice some degree of immediate snoring reduction. Once three sessions have been completed, your airway size should be noticeably increased. Patients who have undergone successful treatment with NightLase® typically report feeling more rested when they awaken in the morning, and their partners notice a significant reduction in snoring volume and intensity.
The results achieved with NightLase® are not permanent and touch-up sessions may be necessary a year or more after your initial treatment series.
If you are interested in learning more about NightLase®, please contact Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunt.