Are you tired of getting hit, pushed and prodded during the night because you are keeping your sleeping partner awake while you snore?  Are you tired of waking yourself up from your own snoring or having to sleep in another room because of your snoring?   Or, are you the innocent “victim” who cannot get a good night’s sleep because your sleeping partner is snoring so loud that you are sure the neighbors can hear it?  In either case, you are not alone.  In fact, 67% of people snore which means that probably just about all of us are affected by snoring as either the snorer or as the frustrated bystander who is affected by it.  Not only is snoring unpleasant, it is also a risk factor for sleep apnea as it is estimated 80% of snorers have some form of sleep apnea (interrupted breathing during sleep) which can contribute to a laundry list of health conditions including high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, impaired memory, impotence, depression, gastro-esophageal relflux disease (GERD), weight gain and headaches.

With the obnoxiousness of snoring and all of the medical conditions associated with snoring, you might be wondering why people snore in the first place.  Snoring is usually caused by the narrowing of the airway in your throat by the tongue or the soft palate and uvula (that thing that hangs down like a speed bag off of your soft palate).  As you sleep those tissues become more flaccid so the airway narrows and as air is forced through by breathing, those tissues vibrate and create that endearing snoring noise.

Thankfully, there is a revolutionary way to treat snoring.  It is called Nighlase™ and it is performed in the dental office by a trained dentist with a Fotona® Lightwalker® laser.  The procedure involves shining laser energy on the soft palate, uvula, and base of the tongue which causes the tissue to tighten, shrink and become more firm, opening the airway.  How does it do that?  The laser energy penetrates about 100μm into the tissue, warming the tissue, causing immediate collagen shrinkage and stimulating the production of new collagen.  In fact, in many cases you can see the soft palate raising and tightening during the procedure.  Nightlase™ involves three 20 minute treatments over the course of two months and the maximum effect is about 30 days after the last treatment as collagen remodeling can continue up until then.  Best of all, no anesthetic is needed and patients feel little discomfort.  Post-operatively, patients may feel like they have a scratchy throat (like at the beginning of a cold) for a couple of days after each treatment.  While  some patients have reported no increase in snoring after 18 months following Nightlase™, most patients will need a “touch up” treatment every 6-12 months to maintain the results.

Nightlase™ has been in use in Europe, South America and Canada since 2010 and has more recently been introduced in the United States.  It has proven to be a safe, effective and non-invasive way to treat snoring and sleep apnea.   As more dental offices adopt lasers into their practices and patients experience the treatment, Nightlase™ is generating quite a buzz in the news across the United States as access to this treatment is spreading.

Currently, A+ Dental Care is the only practice in the greater Sacramento area with the Fotona® Lightwalker® and the capability to perform the Nightlase™ procedure.   So if you are tired of being tired and having your quality of life disrupted by snoring, it’s time to see how  A+ Dental Care and Nightlase™ can help you.

Here’s to a good night’s sleep!

Dr. Chris Cooper

22 Responses to “A Revolutionary Way To Treat Snoring”

  1. Mel says:

    This is really interesting…am going to look into this a bit more. I haven’t heard of Nightlase.

    • DrCooper says:

      Thanks, Mel. I’m not sure if you noticed the hyperlinks in the blog, but coverage of this treatment is spreading rapidly across the country. It has been featured in the news in South Florida, Los Angeles and Boston. A story was even broadcast here in Sacramento recently. You will probably hear more about it soon.

  2. Mandy Putman says:

    The dentists and staff at A+ Dental Care is very well trained and I felt very confident having my laser treatment done at A+ Dental Care. The treatment was pretty easy and took less than 1 hour. The best part is that I went right back to work immediately after my appointment, with no problem. I love the friend, caring staff at A+ Dental Care!

  3. Angie says:

    I have had a few laser treatments done and it is very easy and very exciting. This is cutting edge technology and I am very proud to say my dental office is the only one in the entire area who has this technology in there office. Not to mention how wonderful the Doctors and staff are, this is a top notch dental office. I highly recommend it to everyone.

  4. Tiffanie says:

    I feel so lucky to have such great Dr’s that have gone above and beyond to provide their patients with such state of the art technology. Love my results from my laser procedure.

  5. Kayla says:

    Great blog Dr. Cooper! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! It’s full of great info. Thanks!

  6. Kristin says:

    I’m looking forward to offering this great service to our patients. Thank you to our Doctors for always keeping up update with state of the art technology.

    • DrCooper says:

      Kristin, it is an exciting time to be in dentistry and we are all thrilled to be able to provide this level of service to our patients.

  7. A'isha says:

    I have done some laser treatments and love how it works! when I got my fillings done it was painless with the laser and I didn’t have to be numb all day. The doctors are awesome and very informative on this new technology that not many places offer.

    • DrCooper says:

      The technology available today has completely changed our capabilities in dentistry which is great for both patients and also the dental care providers. I am very excited about the services we can provide our patients. To be able to treat cavities with lasers without pain and without anesthetic is an amazing thing and patients love it.

  8. Gina says:

    The Doctors at A+ are excellent. They are always on trend with the latest technology and methods for treating their patients. They are knowledgeable, caring and gentle. The laser treatment was painless and there was no down time. If you’re looking for a great dental experience…
    A+ is the best choice.

  9. Angela says:

    I have had one laser treatment session and saw immediate results. It was amazing and the technology goes beyond anything I have ever seen! The doctors and staff are very informative and friendly. I am so happy to be a patient of A+ Dental Care and would highly recommend them to family and friends!!

    • DrCooper says:

      Thank you, Angela. We are proud to say that we are currently the only dental office in the greater Sacramento area that can provide this type of laser treatment. I am glad to hear that it was a rewarding experience for you.

  10. Kelly says:

    A+ Dental Care has always been on the cutting edge of dentistry but, the new lasers puts them in a class by themselves! I had an amazing experience and would highly recommend them. The doctors are caring,gentile and very knowledgable! A+ definetly lives up to their name!!

  11. Audrey Ball says:

    Hello Dr. Cooper..how can we get an appt. to investigate this procedure? My husband needs to sleep and his apnea is extreme…based on studies..530-305-7752 is my number.

    • DrCooper says:

      Hello Audrey,

      Thank you for contacting me. I’m sorry to hear that your husband is suffering from sleep apnea. I can have one of our team members call you to set up a consultation appointment at one of our three offices that have the laser to discuss the treatment. We have two offices in Roseville and one in Lincoln. Which office would be most convenient for you?

      Dr. Cooper

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