SNORING TREATMENT AT THE DENTIST | NightLase
At Archer Dental we understand the importance and health benefits of restorative sleep, which is why we now offer to our patients the most innovative way of treating snoring, Now you can improve the symptoms of your Sleep Disordered Breathing problems at your dental office. By improving your snoring symptoms, you can start seeing a positive impact on your productivity, well being and, without a doubts, happiness of your partner.
What causes snoring?
Most people think of snoring as just that annoying noise, when actually it is the vibration of soft palate. Let’s break it down a bit further. When the airway is not open fully, the air is not able to move freely through your nose and mouth during sleep. It happens due to a narrowing of the airway, which forces the tissues to vibrate and make a loud noise which we identify as snoring. In some cases the airway can become completely blocked for a short period of time. This condition is called obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring maybe caused by many factors, but the most common contributors are:
Is snoring bad?
Snoring can have some consequences that can negatively impact the life of a person. Snoring can result in sleep
deprivation, tiredness, headaches, bad mood, dry mouth, and even relationship problems. Studies have also shown a link between snoring and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. That’s why we recommend that if you snore, you have a sleep study done and discuss it with your physician.
How can I treat snoring?
Treatment options for snoring include those, that focus on keeping the breathing passage open. Some patients use specially made dental appliances, but they only work when they patient is using them. Another treatment option is using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) system to help control sleep apnea and the snoring associated with it. While very effective, these devices can be very uncomfortable and bulky. Finally, there are surgical options available for correcting snoring which usually involve removal of tissue from the uvula and pharynx but these surgeries are invasive and can result in a lengthy and unconformable recovery period following the surgery. And then there is NightLase™, a non invasive laser treatment without appliances, that essentially shrinks the tissue that causes vibration and loud snoring.
95% of patients who've undergone the treatment have reported improvements in their snoring problems.
What is NightLase™ and how does NightLase™ work?
NightLase™ is a trademarked laser procedure to treat snoring. It is a NON-invasive, NO-appliances, simple and an effective way of reducing or eliminating snoring. During the procedure the energy of the laser is used to target the tissues of the airway causing a tightening effect of those tissues. Reduced amount of tissue helps to keep your airway open. The dentist will perform about three short sessions of NightLase™ over the two month period. One treatment takes about 20 minutes. NightLase™ treatment is pain free and doesn’t require anesthesia. Patients report that the procedure is very comfortable and has no downtime. You can resume to your normal activities immediately. Results are often seen after the first session.
What Are the Benefits of NightLase™ ?
Dr. Anton Zhadovich has chosen to offer NightLase treatment in Chicago because it provides immense improvement of quality of life of his patients, who want to reduce their snoring. The benefits of NightLase™ are:
Treats primary source of snoring
Has high success rate
Effects last one year or more
Painless for most patients
Am I a good candidate for NightLase™?
If you struggle with loud snoring caused by airway obstruction that impacts breathing during sleep, you are considered a candidate. Many candidates also experience the undesirable side effects of disrupted sleep such as:
Hight blood pressure
What is it like to have NightLase™ treatment done at the dental office?
Since NightLase is a non-invasive, non-surgical snoring treatment no anesthetic is necessary during your treatment. Using our Fotona laser, Dr. Anton Zhadovich will use the NightLase™ handpiece to apply laser energy only to areas of the throat and soft palate. You will experience a slight feeling of warmth and tingling during this process. Once the tissue that causes snoring has been treated, the session is complete. Treatment lasts for about 20 minutes.
NightLase™ Results Before and After
Most NightLase™ patients require a series of three treatments spaced our during a two month period to achieve optimal results. After the first treatment you already might notice some immediate reduction of snoring. Upon the completion of three treatments, your airway size should be noticeably larger. Patients who completed the course of treatment with NightLase™ report feeling more rested in the morning. Patient’s partners also notice a significant reduction in snoring. It’s important to know that the results achieved with NightLase™ are not permanent. The patient might need touch up sessions a year or more after the initial treatment. If you are would like to know more about NightLase™, please contact Archer Dental in Chicago 773-581-1345 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Anton Zhadovich.
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Frequently asked questions
Is NightLase treatment covered by insurance?
What is the recovery 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.
Is NightLase snoring laser treatement painful?
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