Treatment of snoring using a non-invasive Er:YAG laser with SMOOTH mode (NightLase): a randomized controlled trial

A, P. V., Dellian, M., Gehrking, E., Sauter, A., & Hasselbacher, K.
European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology,  280, 307–312, 2023.

Background:

The aim of this study was to assess safety and efficacy of a non-invasive 2940 nm Er:YAG treatment with SMOOTH mode in reducing snoring in adult patients and to compare its efficacy and safety to sham treatment in a randomized controlled trial setting.

Materials and Methods:

40 primary snoring patients (≥ 18 year, AHI < 15e/h, BMI ≤ 30) were randomized to receive either 3 sessions NightLase or sham laser treatment. The main outcome measures were Snore Outcomes Survey (SOS), the Spouse/Bed Partner Survey (SBPS), a visual analogue snoring scale (bed partner) and a visual analogue pain scale.

Results:

NightLase was well tolerated, no local anaesthesia was required (mean VAS pain score in NightLase group = 3.0 ± 1.7). No complications occurred. SOS, SBPS and VAS snoring scores improved in the NightLase group (33.7 ± 14.1 to 56.2 ± 16.1) (35.0 ± 17.1 to 61.5 ± 16.4) and (7.9 ± 2.0 to 4.7 ± 2.8) while no changing in the sham group (32.2 ± 14.5 vs 32.1 ± 13.0) (36.7 ± 12.1 vs 34.7 ± 12.7) (8.1 ± 1.7 vs 8.0 ± 1.6), respectively.

Conclusions:

NightLase is a safe, minimal invasive treatment that significantly reduced snoring compared to sham treatment.

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