It may take a while before you realize that your snoring habit is more than a habit. Without a professional assessment, you might also fail to recognize the effects it can have on your overall health and wellbeing. For many patients, snoring is the result of an airway that is partially blocked by oversized or over-relaxed mouth and throat tissues. In some cases, a custom-designed oral appliance can help prevent this blockage and alleviate the symptoms of snoring. However, for patients who wish for a more permanent and comfortable solution, we can often cure the cause of snoring with our advanced, soft-tissue NightLase® laser treatment.
What Usually Causes Snoring
For some patients, snoring can be nothing more than an occasional nuisance, which may be exacerbated by sleeping on your back or taking a pharmaceutical sleep aid. For others, it might indicate a serious sleep disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Patients who require treatment for snoring are typically those who do so chronically, which is usually caused by mouth and/or throat tissues collapsing into the airway as they sleep. To help them stop snoring for good, we can address the root cause of their snoring to prevent airway blockage in the first place.
How Our NightLase® Soft-Tissue Laser Helps
Laser dentistry has become an important part of professional dental treatment in many different aspects, from cosmetic gum contouring to laser periodontal treatment, and more. Using Fotona’s advanced LightWalker® Dental Laser, Dr. Lathrop can also offer more effective treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. Known as NightLase® treatment, the procedure involves utilizing the laser to help oral tissues contract more successfully while you sleep. Improved contraction significantly reduces the risks of tissues falling into your airway and preventing you from breathing properly while you sleep.
Find Out if NightLase® Can Help You
If you snore or suffer from sleep apnea, then you may be able to find relief with our NightLase® laser treatment. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.