There are many treatments available on the market which claim to prevent or cure snoring and sleep apnoea, however each of these options have their pros and cons:
The most common device used for those with severe sleep apnoea. A CPAP machine is an oxygen mask creating positive air pressure through your mouth and nose all night long, forcing the airway to stay open. This is a very successful device, but most people who try this device cannot get used to it due to the awkward nature of wearing a mask across your mouth and nose every night. However, it can be a medical necessity for people who have severe sleep apnoea or snoring.
A correctly fitted, well moulded mouth-guard is also a good device to reduce snoring and improve the symptoms of sleep apnoea in mild cases. This is because it drags the lower jaw forward in front of the upper jaw, therefore sliding the tongue forward from a relative obstructing position. However, it is also dependent on being able to keep the mouth-guard in the correct position on the top and lower jaw all night and every night. It also works better with a side sleeping position and loses its effectiveness when sleeping on your back or front. It is very difficult for people to keep these in their mouth all night and every night as they often cause pain and discomfort in the hinge joint of the jaw and to the teeth.
Ear, Nose and Throat Surgical Procedures
These are procedures where the soft tissue at the back of the throat called the soft palette and the little tongue that sticks down called the uvula, is physically cut out. This is a very unpleasant procedure and a lot of the ENT surgeons do not like doing it because it is a difficult procedure and causes a lot of pain and a lot of side effects afterwards including a temporary obstruction to the airway due to the swelling which can require many days in hospital.
Other procedures that they do is the insertion of artificial rods within the skin of the soft tissue at the back of the throat to try and stiffen the tissue or injection of Slerosin agents to deliberately cause scar tissue to stiffen the tissue at the back of the throat.
Again these are surgical procedures that do have complications are unpleasant and not an easy cure for snoring or sleep apnoea.
Another procedure used recently is to use a different type of laser to actually shave off the back of the tongue so it doesn’t’ roll back and obstruct the airway as much.
Advantages of SleepTight treatment instead of the alternative treatments?
The advantage of the breakthrough SleepTight laser treatment is that it requires no devices to be kept on your face or in your mouth all night once the treatment is complete. Just as the correct fitting and maintenance, and replacement of components for the CPAP or dental mouth-guards are necessary, expense on maintenance treatment for the SleepTight will also be necessary. As the soft palate tissue further ages, it loses strength and firmness, the soft palate will need further tightening with maintenance laser treatments.
How many SleepTight maintenance treatments will be required to maintain the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnoea?
Maintenance treatments will be required 1-3 times per year, depending on the severity of the original symptoms, your age and lifestyle.