Snoring is a common issue, particularly among men, that results from reduced airflow through your nose and mouth during sleep. The narrow opening for air to flow through causes the tissues to vibrate and make a sound. There are many factors that can contribute to snoring, such as age, nasal and sinus problems, being overweight, alcohol, smoking, medications, and sleep posture.
At Esq. Clinic, we can treat snoring with a non-invasive laser procedure that can reduce or eliminate snoring energy and improve the passage of airflow while you sleep. Following an initial assessment of symptoms and the airway, patients are given an innovative wrist-mounted device that can be worn in the comfort of your own home to monitor your breathing and activity while you sleep. The device assists with diagnosing Sleep Breathing Disorders (SBD), specifically Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is when the airway becomes blocked during sleep and assess your suitability for treatment. Once the cause is identified, the final step involves a series of laser treatments to tighten the palate and open up the airway.
The laser-assisted snoring reduction treatment uses heat to gently tighten oral mucosa tissue and restructure natural collagen in the area to reduce the collapsibility of the upper airways, making the passageway larger for air to flow more freely. The laser is strong enough to penetrate deeply into the skin to create thermal effects, but is gentle enough to be used on the sensitive tissue inside the mouth and won’t damage the skin surface.
The Esq. Experience
A course of three laser treatments, performed over a six-week period is advised for most patients. Treatments last for 20 minutes and require no anaesthesia or down time. Results can be seen after the first session, and last up to a year. Our highly skilled team meet with patients to determine suitability for this procedure and analyse the information tracked on the watch device to diagnose and review progress both pre- and post-treatment.