Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines aren't the only way to treat sleep apnea symptoms. Many people find CPAP machines and dental devices uncomfortable and resign themselves to living with the condition. Unfortunately, failing to treat the condition can raise your risk of several serious health problems, including strokes, heart disease, and diabetes. With the help of our Spring, TX, dentist, Dr. Maisa Idriss, NightLase, an innovative laser treatment, can reduce or eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms in just three treatments.
Tightening throat tissue reduces sleep apnea symptoms
Excess tissue in your throat can interfere with airflow to your lungs, causing snoring and frequent breathing pauses. Sleep apnea doesn't just affect the quality of your sleep but also causes daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, morning headaches, irritability and other symptoms.
The NightLase procedure, available in our Spring office, opens up your airway by tightening and shrinking throat tissue and lifting your upper palate. Tightening occurs when the heat generated by Fontano Lightwalker laser spurs the formation of new collagen. As the collagen forms, your tissues gradually become tauter and no longer interfere with breathing. The laser has a beneficial effect on tissues in the throat, tonsils, soft palate and uvula.
Treatments are painless and effective
Pain is a common and understandable concern of patients undergoing NightLase treatment. Although your throat may feel a little warm during your treatment, pain won't be an issue. Most people need three Nightlase treatments spaced several weeks apart. You may begin to notice positive changes after your first treatment, but it will probably take up to six months to experience the full effects of NightLase.
Although Nightlase is very effective, it's not a permanent solution to sleep apnea and snoring. The effects generally last six months to one year. Luckily, you can repeat your treatments periodically to ensure that your symptoms don't return.
NightLase treatments help you avoid the serious consequences of sleep apnea and reduce snoring and other related apnea symptoms. Are you interested in learning if you're a good candidate for the treatment? Call our Spring, TX, dentist, Dr. Idriss, at (281) 257-8815 to schedule an appointment.