Dentist in Petaluma, CA explains snoring causes and NightLase treatment
Snoring can disrupt your sleep and your partner’s sleep. It can leave you feeling grumpy and tired, as though you did not get a full night’s sleep. For some people, snoring is a sign of a medical issue such as sleep apnea. Located in Petaluma, CA, Dr. Jurina Smida of Dental Care and Wellness of Sonoma County offers NightLase for patients in need of snoring treatment.
Snoring is the rumbling sound created when air does not move freely through your nose and throat when you are asleep. Air that cannot move freely causes vibrations in the surrounding tissues. This makes the rumbling or snorting sounds we associate with snoring. Colds, allergies, or environmental issues can cause occasional snoring due to nasal congestion. Occasional snoring is normal. Chronic snoring is not and may be a sign of a larger issue. For some patients, snoring is caused by extra or floppy nasal or throat tissue. For others, it is a symptom of a health condition such as sleep apnea.
Snoring may be the result of several factors. Common causes may include:
- Alcohol use
- Sleep aids or sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
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Snoring versus sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. Patients with this condition have a blockage that forms in the upper airway while sleeping. This may be the result of the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapsing during sleep. When the airway is blocked, there are pauses in breathing when the patient is asleep.
Patients with sleep apnea do not get enough oxygen. The body is forced to work harder to get air into the lungs. When the brain senses the pauses, it panics and sends out a rush of adrenaline. This often causes a snorting or snoring sound as breathing jumpstarts. The cycle of pauses and trying to catch the breath repeats numerous times each hour.
Remember, snoring and sleep apnea are not the same condition. Snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnea but snoring alone does not equal a medical condition. Other symptoms exist for patients with sleep apnea and the condition must be diagnosed by a medical professional.
NightLase snoring treatment
If you suffer from snoring, the therapy recommended may depend upon the severity of your condition. Effective snoring treatment helps you breathe better while sleeping. This improves your quality of sleep to help you feel more rested. A treatment plan may include:
- Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, wearing nasal strips to sleep, changing sleeping positions, and avoiding or cutting back on alcohol or medications
- Oral appliances to maintain a proper jaw position to keep the airway clear
- Non-invasive laser treatments
Lasers have been used in the medical and dental fields for years. Patients often notice less discomfort and recovery time following laser procedures. With laser technology, a concentrated beam of light that is trained on the treatment site. The energy treats the targeted areas while minimizing blood loss and promoting healing. Since the laser sterilizes as it treats, infections are minimized. Laser dental procedures such as NightLase combine state-of-the-art technology with safe treatments for a healthy result.
At Dental Care and Wellness of Sonoma County, we offer NightLase as a treatment option for snoring. This laser treatment uses energy to treat and tighten the tissues of the oropharynx to reduce the vibrations of snoring. NightLase is a non-invasive laser treatment designed to improve the quality of sleep. Benefits of this procedure include the following:
- Safe – Only the targeted areas of the mouth are treated. The dentist controls the laser and can adjust the settings based on each patient.
- Non-surgical – Laser treatments are precise yet gentle enough to be used on the soft tissues of the mouth. This treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical.
- Effective – NightLase heats the tissues of the oropharynx. This tightens the excess or floppy nasal or throat tissue making it less prone to vibrations during sleep.
- Quality sleep – Loud, chronic snoring is decreased which allows patients and their parents to sleep peacefully.
Stop snoring and get a better night’s sleep. Contact Dental Care and Wellness of Sonoma County today to learn more about NightLase. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Jurina Smida, call 707-781-8550.