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Dr Tanja Phillips and her team are excited to introduce a NEW Fotona Snoring and Apnoea laser treatment into clinic! This course of treatment aims to improve the quality of the patient’s sleep (and their partners!) by reducing the effects of sleep apnoea and the amplitude (loudness) of snoring.
Why do we snore?
Snoring is the audible vibration of the respiratory structures due to obstructed air movement during breathing whilst sleeping. This happens because these parts of the body relax and narrow when you’re asleep. Laxity of the soft palate causes an exacerbation of these symptoms for many people, meaning snoring and apnoea (a condition where the airway is temporarily blocked) is worse.
45% of men and 30% of women snore on regular basis
Palatal snoring is by far the most common type of snoring and is the cause of snoring in 85% of individuals. The Fotona Laser treats palatal snoring.
Snoring and Apnea can affect people more if they:
- Drink excessively
- Are overweight
- Sleep on their back
How does it work?
Nightlase uses gentle laser energy in a non-invasive way to stimulate collagen production, tightening and lifting tissue inside the mouth and at the back of the throat (soft palate). It uses patented technology unique to Fotona, stimulating collagen with no damage to the skin or tissue in a safe and effective way.
Is a course of treatments needed?
Yes! For optimal results, patients should undergo 3 separate treatment sessions over a period of 6 weeks; Day 1, Day 15 and Day 45. Following this, patients may need an annual 1 off top up session or as and when they feel their snoring/apnea symptoms are worsening.
Does it hurt?
Just like visiting the dentist, patients can often feel a bit uneasy at the prospect of intraoral treatments, but we can assure you that Nightlase is a gentle, painless laser treatment.
Patients can be fitted with a small mouthguard if needed or just intermittently hold their mouth open saying “Aaaarrrrhhh” to ensure the mouth stays open and comfortable throughout the session. The laser energy will simply feel warm and tingly and does not require anesthesia.
How do we assess and monitor you?
Not everyone has someone to nudge them whilst snoring or tell/complain to them in the morning that they snored throughout the night!
We carry out a full assessment pre treatment to see if you are suitable for laser treatment for our snoring. We score your symptoms and signs and in addition we ask that you download an App called SnoreLab. SnoreLab is a great App that empirically measures your snoring throughout the night. We are then able to monitor your snoring progress during treatment.
What results can you expect?
Most of our patients will see a result after their first session but to sustain this benefit all 3 treatments are needed. The results will be noted by anyone you share a house/bed with, but we can also monitor this with the SnoreLab App
This is an example of a result after the first treatment session with NightLase – as you can see the result here is quite dramatic! This patient was treated on Wednesday afternoon – so from Thursday evening you can see the benefits already.