Is your snoring keeping people up in your house? Is it leading to conflicts at night or in the morning? Do you have a prescribed treatment for snoring or sleep apnea but it’s not working well? If any of this describes you, then you might benefit from Nightlase snoring treatment, a noninvasive, nonsurgical snoring treatment. Nightlase firms up soft tissues in the throat and mouth, reducing or eliminating snoring. And it’s completely compatible with other treatments for snoring or sleep apnea!
To learn whether you can benefit from Nightlase snoring treatment in the Houston area, please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment with Dr. Leah Zils in The Woodlands.
Dangers of Snoring
Snoring might seem like a harmless nuisance, but it’s actually associated with many potentially serious dangers. Snoring has been associated with:
- Sleep apnea
- Hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Domestic violence
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
Sleep apnea is a serious form of sleep disordered breathing where your breathing stops potentially hundreds of times a night. Sleep apnea has been associated with early death from many causes, and all snorers should be evaluated for sleep apnea.
The vibration of snoring has also been linked to hardening of arteries. This vibration causes many tiny injuries to the arteries, which turn into scars that start the process of hardening.
People who snore aren’t getting all the oxygen and rest their bodies need, so snorers tend to experience sexual dysfunction.
Snoring also becomes a significant point of tension in a house, and it can lead to arguments, domestic violence, and divorce.
Snoring means you’re not getting good rest at night, so you’re more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel.
For these reasons and more, it’s important to treat your snoring.
What Causes Snoring
Snoring happens because your airway–the path air must follow through your nose to your lungs–narrows at night. When you lie down, your soft palate, tongue, and other tissues sag into the airway, restricting it.
This creates turbulence. Turbulence creates vibrations, and these vibrations are what you hear as snoring.
A Gap in Treatment
Snoring can be caused at any point in your airway where it becomes narrowed, but until now we haven’t had good treatments to keep your airway open at all points.
Nasal strips can help with your nose. Oral appliances move your jaw forward to support the tongue and throat.
But the tissues at the back of your mouth, the soft palate, the uvula, and your tonsils remain loose and can cause narrowing.
Until now, the only option we’ve had to address this was surgery, which was invasive, risky, and didn’t work well. But now Nightlase can keep these tissues from causing your snoring without surgery.
And because Nightlase works in a different area from your CPAP or oral appliance, you can keep using those treatments even as you get Nightlase to improve your treatment results.
How Nightlase Works
Nightlase is a sister treatment to Smoothlase, and both use the same laser to accomplish the same basic effect. The laser stimulates your body to grow more collagen and elastin. In Smoothlase, this causes the skin to tighten. In Nightlase, this causes your soft palate to firm up so it doesn’t droop or vibrate as much. It also causes your uvula and tonsils to shrink so they aren’t in the way as much. Results may require up to 3 treatment sessions that take about 30 minutes each.
This isn’t surgery: nothing is being cut away. You don’t have to take any time off. There may be some slight discomfort during the treatment, but it will fade quickly. You will have no downtime. You don’t have to take time off from work or play. In fact, you can go right back to normal activities: you can talk, eat, drink, and do other activities normally.
Is Nightlase Right for You?
Are you tired of snoring in the Houston area? Let us help minimize the sound of your snores. Please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment with Dr. Leah Zils in The Woodlands.