Snoring and Sleep Apnea
If you’ve lived with someone who snores or if you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea yourself, you will know what a disturbing affect it can have on your health, lifestyle, productivity and relationships.
Snoring happens when you can’t move air freely through your nose and mouth during sleep because the soft palate, tongue and throat relax. The tissues in your throat narrow and vibrate leading to the snoring sound.
What is SnoreStop Laser Treatment
There is now a new laser treatment available to treat the cause of snoring. At Academy Laser Clinics, we have configured the highly successful V2LR Carbon Dioxide (CO2) laser, used to strengthen and tighten mucosa membrane, for use on the soft palate – we call this Snore Stop Laser. The results for our patients have been remarkable.
According to the Australian Sleep Health Foundation, about 40% of men and 30% of women have at least mild snoring. About 15% of people snore on most nights and more than 10% of regular snorers suffer from a serious condition known as sleep apnea, which is linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
Many factors, such as the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses, alcohol consumption, allergies, a cold, sleep position and your weight, can lead to snoring. Whilst some of these factors can be assisted with lifestyle and sleep posture changes, snoring often persists. Some sufferers are forced to consider more invasive and painful treatments such as surgery or the use of uncomfortable mouth splints, however, these have varied levels of success.
Snore Stop Laser is a quick, painless and non-invasive treatment for snoring, patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately after treatment. It tightens and shortens the soft palate, reducing vibrations and snoring intensity, giving everyone a good night’s sleep.
When Will I See Results and For How Long?
Snore Stop Laser is a fractionated treatment creating thousands of tiny thermal damage DOTs on the soft palate. The laser leaves tissue between the DOTs in-tact, allowing the membrane to heal quickly, however, this usually requires 4 treatments to cover the palate area and get the best results. Over 90% of people will experience at least 75% reduction in snoring after 4 treatments. At times, such as after drinking alcohol, it will still be possible to snore.
As most people’s tendency to snore increases with age it is expected that even with successful treatment, patients may require ocassional top up treatments.
I’m interested, what’s the next step?
Your first step is an initial consultation with the doctor who will be administrating your laser. If you have a referral you will be able to claim some of the cost of the consultation from Medicare. If the doctor decides you are a suitable candidate for laser and you want to go ahead, a booking for surgery and the pre-operative care is scheduled. The usual waiting time is three to four weeks.