Understanding Snoring: A Closer Look at Tissue Elongation
Snoring often results from the elongation and increased flexibility of throat and mouth tissues, including the soft palate. Over time, various tissues in our throat and mouth, not just the soft palate, can gradually elongate and become more flexible. This natural aging process leads to tissue vibration during sleep, causing snoring.
It’s essential to note that people are not born with elongated soft palates (referred to as primary elongation); rather, tissues stretch out over many years due to rapid airflow (secondary elongation). While this is usually not a sign of a severe health issue, it can indicate airway obstruction.
The Tongue-Base Region: A Common Culprit
Though the soft palate can contribute to snoring, it’s vital to recognize that, in most cases, the primary site of airway narrowing is typically not the soft palate—but the base of the tongue. This area can narrow the airway, causing the soft palate and other tissues to vibrate more intensely due to the restricted airflow.
Understanding that snoring can be due to issues beyond the soft palate is important for us in recommending the most effective treatments. This is where our NightLase® treatment comes into play, as it can address these varied causes of snoring by targeting multiple areas within the throat.
What Is NightLase®?
NightLase® is a patent pending, non-invasive, and simple procedure for improving the quality of sleep of an individual. The treatment is a trademarked, fast, non-surgical, technique using Fotona Laser’s LightWalker Laser through red light therapy/photo biomodulation to increase the quality of a person’s sleep.
As a protocol for treating snoring and improving sleep apnea problems, it specifically, uses both the wavelengths of this twin laser with specially designed handpieces to warm, condition, strengthen, tighten, and shrink the parapharyngeal tissues and tongue. This lessens or eliminates snoring and/or sleep apnea problems.
We’re talking about little to no pain, no scalpels, no sutures, and no scarring of your palatal tissues as you would see in other techniques or lasers.