Many people struggle with Sleep Apnea Disorder and don’t realize it, or are unaware of the successful treatment that can be done through“NIGHTLASE™” dentistry to help increase their quality of sleep.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder caused by the relaxation of the muscles in the back of the throat. When the muscles relax, a person’s airways close and so it becomes hard to breathe. When the brain recognizes this, it awakens the person to help them breathe properly. The awakening is usually so short that people don’t remember it, and it can happen from 5 to 30 times per hour, keeping a person from being able to reach the deep and peaceful sleep necessary for healthy functioning during the day. The symptoms of this disorder are drowsiness, loud snoring, abrupt awakenings, waking up with a dry or sore throat, headaches, and attention problems.

The various prescribed treatments for sleep apnea require the patient to wear a mask as they sleep, or a device which goes in the nose to help airflow. In more serious cases surgery may be required to remove tissue, reposition the jaw, or insert plastic rod implants.

As an alternative to these uncomfortable treatments, or to go alongside them, you should look into Nightlase laser treatment as a way to manage snoring and sleep apnea in a safe way without use of chemicals or surgery. Nightlase uses an Erbium:YAG laser to heat the tissue on walls of the mouth, which causes the collagen in the tissue to reorganize itself into a more firm form. What this means is that the muscles in the mouth and throat tighten, keeping them from relaxing during sleep, and opening the airways for better breathing altogether. The Nightlase treatment is a walk-in and walk-out procedure, done in 3 separate sessions over a course of 6 weeks. No anesthesia or special preparation is required, no device must be worn at night, and the results have been shown to last for up to a year. This is a safe and gentle way for you and your family to finally get a great night’s rest again!

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