South County Sleep Solutions & Prescott Sleep Solutions
Dental Sleep Medicine located in Newport Beach, CA & Prescott, AZ
NightLase® laser therapy is a revolutionary treatment for sleep apnea and snoring that can improve your sleep quality noninvasively. At his offices in Newport Beach, California, and Prescott, Arizona, Dana Rockey, DMD, offers NightLase treatments for patients struggling with obstructive sleep apnea. Call the office nearest you today to schedule an appointment to find out if you’re a candidate for NightLase.
Nightlase laser therapy Q & A
What is NightLase laser therapy?
NightLase is a noninvasive laser therapy treatment that reduces the symptoms of sleep apnea and snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common type, occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax, causing the tissues they support to collapse. These tissues can obstruct your airways while you sleep, causing hundreds of pauses in your breathing.
NightLase laser therapy directly targets the tissues in the back of the throat. The device uses laser energy to tighten these tissues and keep your airway open while you sleep.
How does NightLase laser therapy work?
NightLase uses an Er:YAG laser modality to heat the tissues in the throat without damaging the outer layer. This heat causes the collagen fibers in the tissues to tighten. Collagen is an essential protein in your connective tissues. It keeps your skin firm and tight. As you age, your collagen levels decline, leading to sagging skin.
By restoring lost collagen in your tissues, NightLase laser therapy can tighten the collapsed portion of your throat to prevent airway blockages while you sleep.
Who is a candidate for NightLase laser therapy?
Dr. Rockey may recommend NightLase laser therapy if you have advanced OSA and struggle to manage your symptoms with oral appliance therapy or a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. NightLase may aloud you to treat sleep apnea symptoms without wearing a device at night.
What can I expect from NightLase laser therapy?
NightLase is a comfortable treatment that requires no anesthesia or downtime. The treatment is gentle enough for the sensitive tissues inside your mouth. Dr. Rockey performs three two five 40-minute treatments, spaced three weeks apart, for the best results. Once new collagen formation begins, you can expect fewer sleep apnea symptoms, including snoring.
Can I combine other treatments with NightLase laser therapy?
Dr. Rockey recommends combining NightLase laser therapy with oral appliance therapy. These devices use jaw advancement devices to open your airways for smoother breathing. Dr. Rockey may create a custom-made oral device or tongue splint. A oral device carefully shifts your jaw forward while a tongue splint stabilizes your tongue. He can recommend the right option for you.
Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans each year. If you struggle with sleep apnea symptoms, NightLase and oral appliance therapy can help you get the rest you deserve. Call Dana Rockey, DMD, to schedule an appointment today to learn more.