Want to stop the snoring? Try Laser Snoring Treatment for soundless, restorative sleep
If you are going crazy from a snoring bed partner (or if it’s you making those loud rumbles), don’t give up hope – there is a non-invasive and effective treatment for a better night’s sleep: laser snoring treatment.
Snoring is much more serious than just an inconvenient sleep disruptor. It is a dangerous condition that can lead to future health ailments like heart disease and diabetes. Treating snoring can help minimize these health risks.
When we sleep, the tissue in our throat may become too relaxed, which restricts the flow of air. This air restriction causes the air speed to increase, creating the vibration of the uvula and the soft palate in the throat. That vibration becomes the sound we know as snoring.
During this air restriction, our brain thinks we are being strangled. This causes a “fight or flight” response in our body by releasing hormones like adrenalin to signal us awake, which then causes a rise in blood pressure and heart rate. With each new breath, this signaling stops, but the damage has been done – the sleep has been disrupted over and over and the release of stress hormones puts us at risk for serious disease.
Why Do We Snore?
Here are some of the most common causes of snoring:
- Bulky throat tissue or a long soft palate or uvula
- Opening in throat gets obstructed
- Nasal passages are blocked (common cold, allergies, deviated septum, sinus infection, nasal polyps)
- The soft palate in the throat become weak and fall back into the air passage (happens in elderly people, or when you drink too much alcohol or take sleeping pills)
What health risks are associated with snoring?
- Cardiovascular disease, like stroke and/or heart attack (plaque builds in the carotid artery from throat constriction) – There is a 65% increase in the chance of stroke!
- Metabolic disease like diabetes
- Weight gain/Obesity
- Chronic fatigue
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- High blood pressure (oxygen in the body gets lowered causing the heart to work harder and enlarge and blood pressure to rise)
- Alzheimer’s disease
What snoring treatments are available?
There are multiple approaches to treat snoring, like dental appliances, or in the case of sleep apnea, a CPAP machine. But for many people these approaches do not work. Why? You will never understand it until you try…
Rejuvenating laser snoring treatment is an effective alternative, with many practitioners claiming an 80% success rate (in comparison to CPAP, which has only a 47% success rate). When the throat gets weakened from all the turbulence caused by increased air speed, the strong type II collagen becomes flabby and soft, converting to type III collagen. This non-invasive laser snoring treatment strengthens the tissue in the throat by heating it and changing it back to strong type II collagen. The treatment can also cause brand new collagen to form.
At Luminous You, we use NightLase® therapy for laser snoring treatment. Our Fotona Er:YAG laser handpiece laser is an effective, non-invasive treatment which targets a major cause of snoring: a weakened palate. The laser gently delivers heat into the deep oral mucosa tissue to tighten the collagen in your throat. The result is reduced amplitude (volume) of snoring, and also reduces effects of sleep apnea.
Our snoring treatment is an excellent alternative to other snoring reduction treatments such as bulky head-gear, machines and invasive surgeries.
Treatment only takes 25-30 minutes. Most patients require only three treatments over a six-week period, but some may need up to five treatments. The treatment is long-lasting, but because we continue to age it is not permanent. Results can last up to a year, and treatments can be repeated. There are virtually no side effects, besides a slightly scratchy or itchy sensation in the throat, which passes within a day.