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Fotona Nightlase Treatment vs. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

May 13, 2023 3:44 am

Snoring disturb your sleep and the sleep for anyone you share a bedroom with. There are various treatments available to combat snoring, including Fotona Nightlase® and Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).

What Is Fotona Nightlase Treatment?

Fotona Nightlase is a non-invasive procedure that uses laser technology to tighten the soft tissue in the throat. The laser gently heats the tissue, causing it to contract and tighten. This tightening reduces the vibrations that cause snoring. The procedure is performed over three sessions, each lasting around 20 minutes. Patients can return to their regular activities immediately after the procedure.

What Is a Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)?

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is more invasive as it is a surgical procedure that aims to widen the airway by removing excess tissue from the throat. This procedure involves cutting and removing the uvula, tonsils, and part of the soft palate. Patients usually need to stay in the hospital for a few days after the surgery to recover.

Fotona Nightlase vs. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

Fotona Nightlase is a better option for patients who want a non-invasive procedure with minimal downtime. It is also a good option for patients who do not have severe sleep apnea. Patients with severe snoring and sleep apnea may benefit more from Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.

It is important to note that both treatments can have negative side effects. Patients considering either of these treatments for the benefit of their sleep and overall health should consult with their healthcare provider about how their body may respond to the treatment based on their medical history.

Talk with a Sleep Professional in Raleigh, NC

Snoring and airway obstruction can have serious consequences when not promptly addressed. At RespAir Sleep in Raleigh, NC, Dr. DeSaix and our team offer several dental services, including Fotona Nightlase, to help patients struggling with disordered breathing and obstructive sleep apnea. Please contact us today to talk about your options!

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