Jason Pang: NightLase Treatment for Sleep Disorder Breathing
NightLase® treatment is an innovative laser procedure used to improve the quality of a patient’s sleep by reducing snoring and improving mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is non-invasive and performed without anesthetic. There is no recovery period and the procedure is patient-friendly.
Snoring and OSA can present in many forms, including muscle and joint pain, excessive grinding and wear of teeth, erosion and tooth decay. Treatment of OSA is important as it causes impaired cognitive function and quality of life, daytime sleepiness, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, amongst other disorders.
We have found this treatment can also be used for a continuum of sleep-disordered breathing conditions not characterized by either snoring or mild apnea. Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, hypopneas and even severe sleep apnea can display marked reductions of all indices, dramatically improving the quality of a patients’ sleep.
Using strict recording protocols pre-, during and post-treatment we were able to quantify and monitor the improvements as a result of the NightLase® treatment. Deviation from the standard protocol, when combined with adjunctive exercises, treatments and appliances, was also able to treat severe snorers and apneics with improved success.