NightLase is a dental laser treatment made by Fotona, the world’s largest manufacturer of lasers,
who are known for their medical lasers. Concerned about laser at the back of the throat? There’s
no need to be alarmed. NightLase will not cut the tissue tissue. It is a noninvasive treatment that
works by heating the tissue in the back of the throat, (i.e.: soft palate, tongue, etc.) to increase the
collagen production, which in turn tightens the tissue.
The reason being is that the cause of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the airway at the back of
the throat closing up during sleep when the body relaxes. The airway collapses because the back
of the throat has lost its collagen, a protein that gives skin its firm appearance and that the body
naturally loses with aging. When the body relaxes during sleep, the tissue sinks into the airway
and obstructs your breathing. That creates the disruptions in breathing associated with OSA. As
the airway is collapsible, we lose the reflexes to prevent this when we’re asleep.
NightLase works by heating up the tissue in the soft palate, tongue, and uvula at the back of the
throat. The heat causes the collagen to tighten which lifts the drooping tissue and opens the
airway. The bigger the airway opening, the more easily the patient can breathe.
There are a lot of benefits from NightLase: The treatment also stimulates the production of new
collagen, it gives the patient relief during the daytime hours as well, and it keeps the airway open
for up to a year or more.
The full treatment will require a minimum three sessions. Sessions are established on an
individual basis depending on the patient’s needs, level of sensitivity, and the amount of soft
tissue being treated. Most patients report feeling a slight heat during treatment, or a mildly sore
throat for a day or so after treatment. But the majority of patients experience marked
improvement of their overall sleep after only a few treatments. Most patients report the results
last 12 to 18 months before additional treatment is needed.
If you or a loved one is looking for a longer-term solution for opening your airway to get a good
night’s sleep, NightLase may be the solution for you.