Snoring & Sleep Apnea
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more breathing interruptions or blockages while you sleep.
In the condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the throat can close, leading to cessation of breathing. Apnea is defined as “a cessation of airflow for at least 10 seconds.” People with sleep apnea stop breathing while they sleep, sometimes hundreds of times a night, sometimes for a minute or longer. Sleep apnea affects 25 million Americans of all ages.
Typically, someone with obstructive sleep apnea will snore heavily, then stop breathing. The bed partner will observe that the person struggles to breathe but there is no snoring sound. These periods of lack of breathing are followed by sudden attempts to breathe, often accompanied by a gasping or choking sound. The person with OSA will partially awaken leading to fragmented, non-refreshing sleep which can be the cause of excessive daytime sleepiness. The lack of breathing also causes the oxygen level in the blood stream to fall, leading to multiple medical problems.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Choking and gasping during sleep
Medical diseases associated with sleep apnea
High blood pressure
Coronary heart disease
NightLase® Laser Treatment
Fotona’s NightLase® therapy is a non-invasive, patient-friendly laser treatment for increasing the quality of a patient’s sleep. NightLase reduces the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the amplitude of snoring by means of a gentle, laser-induced tightening effect caused by the contraction of collagen in the oral mucosa tissue.
A Patient Friendly Solution
A full course of NightLase consists of three separate treatment sessions over a six week period. T
he final results of the treatment have been shown to last up to a year, and the therapy can be repeated.
Patients find NightLase to be a highly comfortable and satisfying solution. NightLase requires no device to be worn during sleep and involves no chemical treatment. It’s a gentle and easy way for your patients to regain a good night's rest.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliances can be worn in the mouth to treat snoring and OSA. These devices are similar to orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards. Oral Appliance Therapy involves the selection, design, fitting and use of a custom-designed oral appliance worn during sleep. This appliance then attempts to maintain an opened, unobstructed airway in the throat.
Oral appliances work in several ways:
Re-positioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula
Stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue
Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue
Oral appliances may be used alone or in combination with other means of treating OSA. These treatments include general health, weight management, surgery, or using a CPAP machine.
Our team can work with your physician as part of your diagnosis, treatment, and on-going care. Determination of proper therapy can only be made by joint consultation of your dentist and physician. Initiation of oral appliance therapy can take from several weeks to several months to complete. We will continue to monitor your treatment and evaluate the response of your teeth and jaws.