Snoring & Sleep Apnea

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Nightlase Treatment is a patent-pending, fast, non-invasive and friendly way of increasing the quality of a patients sleep. Nightlase lessens the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the severity of snoring through the use of gentle, superficial, Erbium:Yag laser light. No anesthesia is used in this procedure. Nightlase treatment causes a tightening of the tissue and leads to a reduction in the sound of the patients snoring and a lessening of the affects of sleep apnea. Research has shown that Nightlase reduces and attenuates snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the affects of sleep apnea. Nightlase requires no device to be worn during sleep, involves no chemical treatment, and no anesthesia. It is and gentle and easy for the patient and their loved ones to regain a good nights sleep. Call us with any questions that you may have.

Dr.Shiffman is the first Boynton Beach Dentist and the first in the State of Florida to provide Nightlase. He has subsequently provided training to other dentists throughout the United States.

It is estimated that there are millions of snorers in the U.S. Of these, about 1/3 are affected by sleep apnea. This makes snoring a national disease.

Why is snoring a problem?

Anyone who has been sleeping next to someone who snores understands the problem of snoring. Snoring affects not only the person who snores,but snoring affects their partner and family members.
Many relationships are destroyed or stressed due to snoring.

What many do not know is that snoring also causes many physical problems.

Snoring can cause:

  • Cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension
  • Sleepiness and fatigue during the day
  • Morning Headaches
  • Impotence in men
  • Depression
  • Due to Fatigue we see that snorers are seven times more likely to be involved in car accidents.
  • Due to Fatigue we can see that many snorers easily lose patience and become aggressive.
  • Snorers are overrepresented among people who have heart attacks and strokes.

What can you do to reduce snoring?

  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Avoid alcohol before bedtime
  • Avoid eating large meals 2 hours before bedtime
  • Avoid energy drinks such as Red Bull
  • Surgical Treatments involving hospitalization, general anesthesia, pain and prolonged healing.
  • Snoring and pregnancy.

Many women suffer from snoring during pregnancy. The last three months of pregnancy can be challenging. This form of snoring usually disappears by itself and should not be treated.

Laser energy has been used both in pure medical applications and cosmetic treatments for decades. In recent years, a new type of cosmetic, non-surgical application came on the market, namely the tightening of tissue/skin by laser-based heat. this has been available outside the body for such areas as the face, chest and stomach. A couple of years ago experts in the field of Laser Treatment realized that the method could be used even for a tightening of the tissue in the throat and snoring and apnea problems could be addressed.

The Nightlase treatment developed on this idea proved to be very effective and virtually painless. You need two or three treatments, each about 30 minutes and then you can eat,drink,talk and live a completely normal life immediately after the completely painless treatment. This is quite different from the painful surgical procedures with long convalescence times which are the currently offered options along with occlusal splints, oxygen masks or other inconvenient and impractical equipment needed at night.