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NightLase® Laser Airway Improvement

Here at Solis Dental, we are proud to offer NightLase®, a state-of-the-art laser treatment designed to improve airway function and alleviate issues like snoring and sleep apnea. 

We are committed to adopting innovative solutions like NightLase® to enhance your sleep quality and overall health.

Solis Dental’s Approach to Airway Health and Tissue Remodeling

  • Airway Expansion

  • Reducing Effects of Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring Reduction

  • Soft Palate Tightening

  • Uvula Tightening

  • Tonsil Tightening

  • Tongue Tightening

The Soft Palate: A Key Player in Airway Health

At Solis Dental, we recognize the soft palate’s importance in airway health. It’s essential for swallowing and separating the nasal and oral cavities. However, its elongation, often due to aging and airflow stress, can lead to airway blockage and conditions like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). 

Our team is dedicated to exploring non-invasive techniques to address these issues with treatments such as NightLase® for non-surgical tissue remodeling. These approaches are pivotal in addressing and potentially alleviating airway obstructions associated with OSA, providing our patients with effective, minimally invasive treatment options.

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. 

The Non-Surgical Treatment To Stop Snoring and Sleep Apnea

NightLase® is extremely effective. In most cases, 3–5 treatments are needed, and each treatment lasts about 45–60 minutes. Patients can expect to eat, drink, talk, and live a completely normal life immediately after this treatment.

NightLase® Benefits Include:

  • No needles.

  • Fast.

  • A holistic approach to snoring.

  • Non-invasive.

  • No anesthesia risk.

  • No downtime, you go about your normal day.

  • Requires no device to be worn during sleep.

  • No surgery.

  • Little to no post-op pain (mild sore throat may be noticed in the first 24–48 hours).

  • No scarring.

  • No drugs.

  • An alternative for people who cannot (or refuse to) use CPAP or oral appliances.

What Is a NightLase® Treatment Like?

NightLase® works by shrinking, tightening, and firming the soft palate, tongue, and surrounding tissues. Using an erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser—the Fotona Lightwalker—your sleep dentist will gently heat and apply focused light to your soft palate and tongue. 

The warming red light therapy causes collagen remodeling, while concentrated laser light stimulation causes the formation of “new youthful collagen” in those tissues, resulting in the tightening of the treated connective tissues and muscles. Visible shrinkage can sometimes be immediately observed after the laser effect upon the soft tissue. It is the toning of the throat tissues around the pharynx, the soft palate, and base of the tongue which helps openthe airway.

NightLase® Is Not a Quick Fix

The full process for NightLase® treatment generally takes a few months, so you may not experience immediate results after one or two treatments. 

The process usually takes three treatments 21 days apart for full effectiveness. This is because the healing and anti-inflammatory effects of the laser can continue up until day 21! However, each treatment only takes 45–60 minutes. The injury from the laser is so minor that you’ll feel little to no pain. You won’t need anesthesia for this treatment, so you can easily get treatment on your lunch break, then go back to work.

The effects of NightLase® can be immediate. Starting the first night after your first treatment, you may experience a reduction in your snoring. This reduction will increase over the first month. Then you will have your follow-up treatments until you complete your full course of treatments.

Once you reach maximum improvement, the results typicallylast for a year or more. The length of time results last can vary person to person. Some touch up sessions may be needed to maintain the result.

NightLase® for a Good Night’s Sleep

Screening of Sleep Apnea Is Crucial

Our dentists are trained to identify when there are anatomical risk factors that might contribute to sleep apnea issues or snoring. 

Before embarking on NightLase® treatment, our dentists will conduct a thorough oral examination and take images to see if you are a good candidate for the treatment. This oral examination will generally identify factors such as a large tongue, an elongated palate, small or narrow jaw, or any other factors which might contribute to sleep apnea or snoring. 

NightLase® May Eliminate Snoring, but Sleep Apnea May Persist

Snoring is one of the most common symptoms experienced by people who have sleep apnea, but it’s also possible for people bothered by sleep apnea to not snore at all. 

This means it’s entirely possible that if you don’t have a thorough examination before treatment, your snoring problem might be eliminated, but you could still have sleep apnea which remains undiagnosed. 

The truth is, that most people who persistently snore are probably also afflicted with sleep apnea, so it’s important to have a full examination before proceeding with NightLase® treatment. 

Get Ready To Feel Great With NightLase® and Contact Our Office Today!

After a quick dental checkup, our dentists will be able to see if you are a perfect candidate for NightLase® and help you with the next steps.

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 9am – 7pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday*: 10am – 5pm
Saturday*: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed
~~Operations may vary~~
*Fridays and Saturdays usually alternate