Currently, most insurance companies do not pay for snoring treatments as an isolated problem. Because NightLase is a simple laser procedure without the use of any anesthesia or heavy equipment, insurance does not cover its cost.
What is snoring?
We all snore occasionally. Around 44% men and 28% women aged between 30 and 60 years are habitual snorers. Habitual snoring is a marker for sleep apnea syndrome, and sleep apnea syndrome is a culprit for high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke, and daytime sleepiness. Hence, management of snoring and resultant sleep apnea is important.
What are the indications of NightLase?
NightLase is a nonsurgical treatment modality for snoring. The laser treatment provides at least a year long relief (sometimes longer) from snoring. NightLase is performed in multiple sessions. It uses the laser to heat the soft tissue in the back of the mouth without pain and disfigurement. This heating causes the tissue to scar and become stiff, thus preventing it from collapsing in sleep. NightLase is also indicated in the following conditions:
What are the advantages of NightLase?
Advantages of using NightLase include:
How is NightLase performed?
NightLase is a non-surgical laser snoring treatment that provides long-term relief from snoring. Because NightLase is a minimally invasive procedure, it does not require anesthetics.
NightLase uses the laser to heat the soft tissue in the back of the mouth without pain and disfigurement. There are two steps in this procedure:
- Preconditioning: Laser light preheats the tissue.
- Tissue strengthening: Laser light strengthens the tissue.
During the tissue-strengthening step, patients may feel warmth at the back of their mouth, which is desirable because it indicates stiffening and toning of the soft palatal tissues.
After the surgery, you may experience a sore throat the next morning. However, do not worry; this would resolve by the second day.
You should undergo three to four sessions for optimal results. After the third session, there will be a noticeable change in the opening of the airway. Studies have stated that NightLase treatment has given a satisfactory outcome in about 74% of patients.
What are the other non-surgical approaches to treat snoring?
There are several conservative approaches to treat snoring, including:
- Weight loss
- Sleeping on the side of your stomach rather than on the back
- Avoiding alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime
- Nasal drops
Some of the nonsurgical methods include:
- Special pillows
- Dental bites
- Chin straps
- Nasal dilators
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