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NightLase – Snoring & Apnoea Treatment

NightLase Treatment is a fast, non-invasive and comfortable way of increasing the quality of your sleep. NightLase lessens the effects of sleep apnoea and decreases the amplitude of snoring through the use of gentle, superficial laser light. With NightLase you can get rid of the devices you may be using such as a CPAP machine or mouthguard so you and your partner can get a better nights sleep. And we're conveniently located in the Adelaide suburb of Unley.

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What causes snoring?

Snoring is the result of a vibration of the respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping.

In some cases, the sound may be soft, but in most cases, it is loud and unpleasant and can keep your partner awake.

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NightLase Treatment

After deciding to proceed with your NightLase treatment your initial consultation includes an assessment by one of our doctors to determine your level of snoring and sleep apnoea to ensure that you’re a suitable candidate.

Once suitability is confirmed, usually three NightLase treatments are then scheduled around one week apart.

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The Results

NightLase treatment results vary from patient to patient. But the majority of patients experience a marked difference to their snoring and sleep pattern.

Patients start to notice a reduction in snoring after their first NightLase treatment as collagen production start to immediately contract the tissue at the back of the throat.

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Snoring

Snoring is the result of a vibration of the respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping.

In some cases, the sound may be soft, but in most cases, it is loud and unpleasant and can keep your partner awake.

Snoring is one symptom of a group of disorders known as sleep disordered breathing. It occurs when the soft palate, uvula, tongue, tonsils, and/or muscles in the back of the throat rub against each other and generate a vibrating sound during sleep. Twenty percent of all adults are chronic snorers, and 45% of normal adults snore occasionally. As people grow older, their chance of snoring increases with approximately half of all individuals over 60 years old snore regularly.

Alternative treatments

Up until now most snoring sufferers have been limited to treatments that include:

  • Surgical procedures; performed by an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist, surgical intervention for snoring usually involves reducing the size of the uvula and the soft tissue at the back of the throat called the soft palate or alternatively surgery to the tongue. All surgical options can be painful and have the possibility of complications and a long recovery period. They are usually only considered for extreme cases.
  • CPAP Therapy; this is a very successful and commonly used device that incorporates an oxygen mask to generate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in the mouth and nose forcing the airways to stay open during sleep. However most snoring sufferers have trouble adapting to sleeping with a mask over their nose and mouth each night.
  • Mouth guards; these are the most common device prescribed for chronic snorers. The mouthguard is designed to hold the lower jaw forward in front of the upper jaw producing an under bite thus opening up the airway at the back of the throat. As with the CPAP machine, the biggest obstacle for mouthguard users is their general lack of comfort and a lot of users don’t get used to sleeping with one.

Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea usually is a chronic condition that disrupts your sleep.

When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep. As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness.

Sleep apnoea often goes undiagnosed as there are no simple tests to help diagnose the condition. Most people who have sleep apnoea don’t know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnoea.

The most common type of sleep apnoea is obstructive sleep apnoea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. This causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses.

When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnoea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone.

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About NighLase Treatment

Your Assessment

Your initial consultation will include an assessment by one of our doctors to determine the severity of your snoring and sleep apnoea. The assessment not only checks your physical wellbeing but will include questions regarding:

  • How difficult you find it to wake?
  • Are you fatigued during the day?
  • Do you nod off to sleep during the day?
  • Do you wake with a dry mouth or sore throat?

From your responses to these and your physical examination our doctors can determine whether you’re a candidate for the NightLase procedure.

What happens during the NighLase Treatment?

If your assessment determines that you are a suitable candidate, usually a course of three treatments are undertaken approximately two weeks apart.

During each 20 – 30 minute treatment the NightLase laser gently heats the tissue of the soft palate, causing tightening of the tissue which leads to a reduction of the volume of the patients snoring. The procedure is performed in two simple steps:

Step 1: PRECONDITIONING – The laser light preheats the tissue.
Step 2: TISSUE STRENGTHENING – Laser light strengthens the tissue.
During the treatment, there’s an immediate contraction and tightening of the collagen tissues causing obstruction at the back of the throat. The collagen tissues are made of strands of protein and when you heat protein, it tightens and contracts.

Immediately after one treatment, one feels a slight tightening of tissues and contraction at the back of the throat. Consequently, you’re able to breath deeper and it feels like the airway is more open at the back of the throat. There’s no known serious side effects of this treatment. Some patients have had a slightly dry or ‘scratchy’ throat for a day.

No after-care is required, as there should be no side effects. The process of new collagen formation concludes 6 to 7 months after each treatment. This is when the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnoea should be at the least.

Over time, these tissues begin to loosen sag and drop down again, causing the airway to narrow and vibrate. This is a natural part of ageing, so maintenance treatments will quickly reverse and improve any deterioration.

Depending on the severity of your condition you may require a maintenance treatment to prolong results every 6 months or yearly. This is case by case and will be discussed during your consultation. This treatment again consists of the same simple 18 to 20 minute session.

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The Results

Before and After NightLase Treatment
Before and After NightLase Treatment

NightLase treatment results will vary from patient to patient. But the majority of patients who complete the recommended program of three treatments experience a marked reduction in their snoring and improvement to their sleep pattern.

Patients report a reduction in snoring after their first treatment as the increased collagen production starts to immediately contract the tissue at the back of the throat. However, the maximum effect of the NightLase treatment program will be most noticeable six months after the third treatment when snoring and sleep apnoea symptoms will be minimised.

Most patients find that the improvements from the initial three NightLase treatments should last six to twelve months. However some patients require further treatments up to three times a year to maintain the reduction to their snoring and sleep apnoea symptoms. This varies depending on the person’s age and the laxity of the tissue in their throat. The reason for this is that as we age, the density of our collagen fibres reduces so that over time the laxity can increase. However repeated NightLase treatments will encourage new collagen production and maintain the strength of the throat tissue.

Please note that although NightLase is an extremely effective treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea, this may not be the case for all people. Suffers should also be aware that snoring and sleep apnoea may become more severe with age and the longer the period of time before treatment is sought the more difficult the condition can be to treat. So contact the clinic now to make an appointment for an assessment of your suitability for NightLase treatment.

NightLase FAQs

We answer your most frequently asked questions about the NightLase treatment.

How does NightLase treatment work?

During NightLase treatment a laser heats the tissue causing tightening. This leads to a decrease in the sound of the patient’s snoring and a lessening of the effects of sleep apneoa.

The procedure is performed in two simple steps:

Step 1: PRECONDITIONING
The laser light preheats the tissue.

Step 2: TISSUE STRENGTHENING
Laser light strengthens the tissue.

How long does a treatment take?

Each NightLase Treatment takes about 20 minutes. A full course of three treatments is undertaken over a four to six week period.

Does it hurt?

There is minimal pain and no anaesthetic is required. This technique is different to other types of sleep apnoea or snoring treatments as there is minimal pain, no surgery involved and it has a high success rate.

Is NightLase a complicated procedure?

The NightLase treatment is relatively straightforward with the patient reclined and the practitioner performing the procedure with a handpiece. It is no more complicated than other medical laser outpatient treatments.

Research has shown that NightLase reduces snoring for about 80 per cent of the patients treated.

What do I need to do post-treatment?

Patients find NightLase to be a highly comfortable and satisfying solution.

NightLase does not require any device to be worn during sleep and involves no chemical treatment.

NightLase is a gentle and easy way for you to regain a good night’s rest.

What technology does the NightLase treatment use?

The laser used for the NightLase treatment uses a strong yet gentle Er:YAG modality which optimizes the length of every pulse. This mode allows for the superficial penetration of heat into tissue, without damage or adverse effects. It is gentle enough to be used on the sensitive tissue inside the mouth, but strong enough to provide clinically efficacious heating.

A full course of NightLase treatment is comprised of three separate treatment sessions over a six week period. The final result of the treatment has been shown to last up to a year. When the patients or their loved ones notice the effects diminishing, another round of treatment can be performed.

What does the scientific literature say?

Journal of the Laser and Health Academy:
Nonsurgical Minimally Invasive Er:YAG Laser Snoring Treatment

This report describes a one year clinical experience performing the NightLase™ laser treatment on patients with snoring and other SDB symptoms.

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Dr Irene Kushelew BM BS FFMACCS

Dr Irene Kushelew has over 20 years experience in Cosmetic Medicine and specialises in injectable facial rejuvenation techniques (anti-wrinkle injections & dermal fillers).

Dr Kushelew graduated in medicine in 1982 and has since become one of Australia’s leading practitioners of non-surgical cosmetic medicine. She is a Founding Member of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA), a former SA President of CPSA, a Fellow of the Faculty of Medicine of The Australian College of Cosmetic Surgeons (ACCS), Member of the Allergan Advisory Board, a National Trainer for Allergan, Founder & Director of the former Adelaide Rejuvenation Cosmetic Clinic and Principal of Cosmedic Mentor, an in-clinic training service for doctors.

Dr Kushelew’s principal clinic is in Adelaide but she consults Australia-wide with clinics in WA & NT.

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Dr Falko has over 15 years’ experience in Cosmetic Medicine and specialises in facial rejuvenation techniques.

Alla graduated in medicine in 1992 from Moscow Medical University specialising in Dermatology and has extensive European training and practice in Beauty and Skin health treatments. Alla has a unique blend of dermatological knowledge and expertise in various and advanced beauty therapy techniques and devices that make her one of Adelaide’s leading specialists of non-invasive cosmetic treatments and skin health and rejuvenation. Skin health care advice and a comprehensive treatment plan is part of Alla’s service along with a touch of European luxury in each treatment.

Intensive use of modern technology in cosmetic treatments such as Laser Biorevitalisation, Electroporation, Ultrasonic Exfoliation and Limphatic Drainage to name a few make Alla’s practice an integral and essential part of the Beauty and Medicine Clinic (working with Dr Irene Kushelew) which provides the most comprehensive treatments covering all aspects of facial rejuvenation.

Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Special

NightLase Single Treatment – Now only $750

Normally $1,000 (Save $250)

NightLase Three Treatment package – Now only $1,800 ($600 per treatment)

Normally $2,500 (save $700)

To book your free consultation: Call 0425 075 500

Beauty & Medicine 67 King William Road Unley

Three treatments are usually required & treatments are designed to be 2 weeks apart.

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Beauty & Medicine
67 King William Rd
Unley SA 5061
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