Snoring is an immensely common condition, over 70% of the population in the United States snores on a regular basis. It is particularly common in individuals over the age of 50 and in those that are overweight. Although snoring might seem harmless enough, besides the annoyance it can cause for those trying to sleep around the snoring person, it can actually lead to serious health issues.
The problem with snoring is that it can affect the quality of sleep a person gets, and at times it can actually be a sign of a much more serious health condition, sleep apnea, where a person suffers from an abnormal breathing pattern while asleep with lengthy pauses in breath.
Getting a poor night’s sleep can lead to a number of health problems including risk of:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Weight gain
- Type 2 diabetes
What Causes Snoring?
It’s a common question, why do people snore? Snoring is caused by the air that you breathe in through either your mouth or nose vibrating against the soft palate of the back of the roof of your mouth and throat. When you are in a relaxed state during the sleep cycle the muscles and soft tissue of the palate area also relax making them more likely to vibrate. This combined with the usual horizontal position taken while sleeping can lead to snoring issues. Depending on the force of the air coming in, and the softness of the tissues that the air is moving around you can end up with anything from a soft purr sound to a loud rumble that could wake even the heaviest of sleepers. Snoring can also lead to dry mouth which can increase your risk of gingivitis and tooth decay.
Effective Non-Surgical Treatment For Snoring
For years people have been trying to conquer snoring, coming up with apparatuses both large and small to help alleviate the purrs and rumbles of a snoring person like nasal strips or mouth guards. There are also more invasive surgical options for severe snorers such as a tonsillectomy where the tonsils are removed, or septoplasty, where the deviated septum of the nose is reshaped to improve airflow. All of these treatments focus on airflow whereas a new cutting-edge technology has recently been developed that focuses on the soft palate, the skin tissues that cause the snoring sounds with their vibrations.
Here at Hawley Lane Dental, a top-rated family dentist in Stratford, CT, we offer a fantastic snoring solution. The Solea Sleep is a dental procedure using light laser energy focused on the soft tissues of the palate. The Solea laser’s specific wavelength gently and quickly tightens the collagen fibers of the soft palate tissue reducing their ability to vibrate when a person is asleep, thus reducing or ending snoring altogether.
Common Questions About Solea Sleep Snoring Laser Treatment
How Long Does The Treatment Take?
The actual time of the laser treatment to cure your snoring is about 5 minutes. Including getting checked in at our office, settled into the exam room, and any post-treatment assessment you could expect to be here at our Stratford family dentist office for about half an hour.
Does Snoring Laser Treatment Hurt?
The laser wavelength is very gentle causing no pain or discomfort at all during the procedure. Most patients say that they feel nothing while undergoing Solea Sleep’s snoring laser treatment. After the procedure, there is a slight potential for mild tissue soreness or irritation which typically fades after 24 hours.
How Effective Is Laser Treatment for Snoring?
The results from undergoing snoring laser treatment are quite dramatic, over 95% of patients that have had laser treatment for their snoring have reported improvement. Most patients only have to have one 5-minute treatment session to achieve results while some need a secondary follow-up appointment. And the tightening of the palate skin which reduces snoring typically lasts anywhere from 12-15 months. Once the results begin to fade as the skin will eventually soften another quick 5-minute session can be booked again.
Contact Hawley Lane Dental To Book Your Snoring Laser Treatment
If you live in the Stratford, CT area and snoring has been causing you or a loved one to suffer call us. We would be happy to discuss your options with you and set up a laser treatment time to help you deal with your snoring and give you a better night’s sleep. Contact our office today for more information. (203) 377 9300