Southwest Family Medicine Associates
Family Medicine Physicians & Physician Assistants located in Dallas, TX
Snoring is common and can affect your sleep partner, and sometimes yourself, from getting a good night’s rest. However, snoring can also be a sign of sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep disorder. At Southwest Family Medicine Associates in Dallas, the experienced medical team has a natural solution to stop your snoring with a gentle and innovative laser tool called NightLase®. To learn more about NightLase, book a free consultation by clicking the request appointment button today and select Cheryl McLeod, our Laser Technician. You can also text our office at 214.393.6863 or call Cheryl directly at 469.893.1244 or our main office number at 214.393.2940.
Snoring Treatment Q & A
What is snoring?
Snoring refers to the loud sounds you make while you sleep. As you breathe in, the air causes the tissue in the back of your throat to vibrate, which creates the loud, annoying sound.
Snoring is common and affects as many as 50% of people at some point in their lives. Habitual snoring affects 40% of men and 24% of women. You may be at risk of snoring if it runs in your family or you sleep on your back.
You may not realize you’re a snorer and it often doesn’t disrupt your sleep, but it can affect your sleep partner’s ability to sleep through the night. However, if your snoring is loud and heavy, you may have sleep apnea, which can affect your ability to get the deep sleep your body needs to feel rested.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for a few seconds several times throughout the night while asleep. There are three primary types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common and occurs when your throat muscles relax while you sleep, which obstructs your breathing.
Central sleep apnea
Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to send the right signals to the muscles that control breathing.
Complex sleep apnea
With complex sleep apnea, you have both obstructive and central sleep apnea.
Snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea. However, not everyone who snores has a sleep disorder.
What is NightLase?
NightLase is an innovative laser treatment offered at Southwest Family Medicine Associates to treat snoring, and it may also benefit those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. The gentle laser heats the tissue in your soft palate and stimulates the production of collagen, which strengthens and tightens the tissue.
By improving the strength and tone of your soft palate, the tissue no longer vibrates when you breathe in while you sleep and the snoring stops.
NightLase serves as a more natural option for the treatment of your snoring.
What can I expect during NightLase treatments?
Your NightLase treatments are conducted at the office and only take about 20 minutes. The treatment is painless, so there’s no need for anesthesia, and you should notice an improvement in your snoring immediately.
To get the best results, the team at Southwest Family Medicine Associates recommends three NightLase treatments set at weekly intervals.
To help you and your sleep partner get the rest you need, call Southwest Family Medicine Associates or request an appointment online to learn how NightLase can help your snoring.