At Chestnut Family Dentistry, we are proud to offer the latest in dental technology to make our patients’ visits more comfortable and efficient. Our office features a Fotona® laser which we can use to perform NightLase® therapy for snoring and sleep apnea. Without the need for anesthetic, needles, scalpels, cutting or sutures, Dr. Wendy Willoughby and Dr. Teresa Bare can use this laser on the soft palate and other areas of the mouth to open the airway and prevent excess soft tissue from causing blockages at night. This procedure is noninvasive with no downtime.
During your initial consultation, we will discuss all your treatment options with you and help you find the least invasive treatment available that will still solve the problem you are facing. In some cases, for those with more severe cases of sleep disordered breathing, we may recommend an effective but minimally invasive surgical intervention. Using NightLase therapy, our team can offer laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUPP). This procedure works by gently removing the excess tissue from your pharynx and soft palate. This will prevent that excess tissue from collapsing in your sleep and blocking off your airway. When used in conjunction with an oral appliance, CPAP machine or snore guard, this treatment can increase air flow throughout the day, not just at night. NightLase is also becoming a great alternative for patients that cannot tolerate a snore guard or CPAP.
You can also learn more about NightLase therapy at https://www.fotona.com/us/.
Sleep Disordered Breathing
NightLase therapy may be used to treat a number of sleep disordered breathing conditions, including:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea — Breathing during sleep is interrupted for 10 or more seconds due to an obstruction in the airway.
- Obstructive Hypopnea — Periods during sleep when your airflow is reduced by at least 30% for at least 10 seconds at a time.
- Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome — Reduction in the size of your airway due to tissue collapse leading to arousal and sleep fragmentation.
- Primary Snoring — Snoring that is unrelated to sleep apnea, airway issues or daytime drowsiness.
Schedule Your Appointment
To learn more about NightLase therapy in Asheville, North Carolina, and schedule your consultation with our dentists, call our office at 828-255-0936 and speak with a member of our team.