How NightLase Works
Snoring occurs when turbulent air passing through the airway causes vibrations in your tissue. These vibrations are the sound we hear as snoring. Snoring can occur anywhere along your airway, but one of the most common places for loud snoring vibrations is your soft palate. The palate is the roof of your mouth, and the soft palate is the part at the back of your mouth. It’s floppy and prone to vibration. NightLase works by firming and shrinking the soft palate. This makes your airway more open, so there’s less turbulence. Plus, firming the soft palate makes it less prone to vibration.
In the NightLase procedure, our Anchorage sleep dentist will use our LightWalker laser to gently heat your soft palate. This will cause minor, controlled injury to your palate. The injury is so mild that most people say it doesn’t hurt. As this injury heals, it will firm your soft palate and shrink it as well.
NightLase doesn’t work immediately. It takes at least three treatments a month apart. Each treatment only takes about 20 minutes, so with just an hour’s treatment, you can reduce or eliminate your snoring for a year or more. It’s easy to fit these treatments into your day. You can go right back to work after treatment. Because the NightLase treatments are nearly painless, you don’t need anesthesia. This means you won’t need anyone to drive you to and from your appointments. Nor will you have numb lips or cheeks interfering with your ability to work.
You’ll notice the benefits of NightLase quickly. Many people report a reduction in snoring on the night of their first treatment. This reduction will increase over the first month, followed by even more improvement after each follow-up treatment.
Results can last for a year or more after your last treatment.