Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

WHAT IS SNORING & SLEEP APNEA ?

Snoring is frequently associated with poor sleep as well as sleep apnea and is a symptom that occurs when a partial airway obstruction causes the upper airway tissues to "vibrate" thus producing the annoying nose that is so upsetting to your bed partner !

Sleep Apnea is defined as a failure to breathe properly while you sleep. It is a potentially serious disorder and OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) is the most common form of Apnea and occurs because the airway in the throat collapses, cutting off airflow to the lungs. The other is CSA (Centra Sleep Apnea) which occurs when the brain does not send proper signals to the muscles controlling breathing.

HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED ?

1) Preliminary questionnaire and examination

2) If indicated: A thorough assessment which may include

  • A medical Body Composition Analysis (mBCA)

  • A 24 hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)

  • A home Sleep Polysomnography (to analyse your sleep pattern)

  • Biochemistry Blood Analysis (to assess any underlying physiological issues)

HOW IS IT TREATED ?

The treatment will depend on the underlying cause(s). Excess weight, obesity,elevated blood pressure, smoking, alcohol comsumption can be part of the problem, in addition to the problems related to the tissues in the upper airway.

Conservative treatment can include lifestyle modification, weight loss. minimization of alcohol consumption, tobacco cessation ect...

To address airway collapse, the usual treatment options are 1) Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Mask (CPAP) 2) wearing an oral appliance or 3) performing a surgical procedure to alter the upper airway tissues involved.

HOWEVER ALL THESE METHODS HAVE SIGNIFICANT DISADVANTAGES....

A NEW SOLUTION !

NOW AVAILABLE IN NZ FOR THE FIRST TIME

A new scientifically validated method called NightLase. It is a minimally invasive, safe, non-surgical modality using our state of the art Er:YAG laser and a proprietary treatment protocol with a dedicated handpiece designed to effectively address the problems related to the tissues of the upper airway. The treatment usually requires 3 visits over a period of 2 months.

  • Non ablative Er:YAG tightening of the uvula, soft palate and surrounding tissues.

  • No anesthesia - No needles

  • No pre or post treatment pain

  • Three 20 minutes sessions over 2 months

  • Immediate results from the first day (in average 50% reduction)

Exclusion criteria:

  • Pregnant women.

  • Patient having therapy with photosensitive drugs.

  • Patient who has other underlying causal factors and does not wish or want to make the necessary changes to correct such factors.

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