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Nightlase™ Laser Snore Therapy

If you suffer from snoring, you are not alone. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be seen in almost 25% of the general population and tends to increase with age. However, for most suffering with OSA and distruptions due to snoring, these short-term solutions are uncomfortable or ultimately fail. This is where minimally invasive laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) has become the newest frontier in treatment. Nightlase™ LAUP is a laser treatment offered in office by Dr. Beasley who was taught by the inventor, Dr. Harvey S. Shiffman. It consists of an initial at home sleep study followed by three- 45 minute laser sessions three weeks apart. Most patients will then need an enhancement session every 12 months.

OSA disrupts your sleep as well as your partner's. For some couples, it is so disruptive that they end up sleeping in separate beds. Here is what happens:

An illustration of a normal throat assaociated with sleep apnea.

In a normal breathing passage your throat is open and unobstructed, as illustrated in the picture on the left.

An illustration of a throat passage that is associated with snoring.

In some people this passage is partially obstructed by the soft tissue at the base of the throat, resulting in snoring.

An illustration of a throat passage suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

In more severe cases the airway is almost completely obstructed. This is called obstructive sleep apnea.


What is Nightlase™? What are the benefits?

 

Using the minimally-invasive laser treatment Nightlase™ LAUP, Dr. Beasley is able to tighten the tissues of the soft palate and uvular by contracting the collagen in that area. In doing so, it increases the airway as seen in the picture to the right. Ultimately this allows for increased blood oxygenation levels, better sleep, less snoring, and less sleep apnea effects. 

If you're a snorer, or suspect you may have sleep apnea, you may request an appointment with our office.

If you are interested in getting approved for the Nightlase™ LAUP treatment, you can go ahead and fill out this paper work and bring it with you to Dr. Beasley's office at your next appointment to get an at home sleep test shipped to you. Upon approval, you can get one step closer to peaceful and restful nights! 

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If my partner snores loudly, should I be concerned and what can be done to alleviate the problem? With sleep studies being the hailed as the gold standard in diagnosis, dependent upon the severity, there are a variety of treatment possibilities such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and mandubilar advancement devices (MAD). However, these can ultimately be bandaids instead of long-term treatment. Many patients then turn to radical surgery procedures that can be unpredictable. This is where minimally invasive laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) has become the newest frontier in treatment. Dr. Beasley horizontally delivers laser lights to the soft palate and uvular to tighten the tissue, thus making them less likely to relax during sleep to the point of apnea and snoring. More information regarding Nightlase™ LAUP can be found in this Reasearch Article published in 2018 by the inventor of Nightlase™ LAUP, Dr. Harvey S. Shiffman, DDS and fellow researchers Dr. Khorsandi and Dr. Cauwels.


Snoring - Dear Doctor MagazineSnoring & Sleep Apnea Snoring is annoying to those who have to listen to it, but it can also signal a serious health condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Individuals with OSA experience significant airflow disruption during sleep, which in turn can cause a variety of health problems. Learn what to look for and how your dentist can help... this Research Article