Specialist Clinics of Australia implement research and development through clinical trials, data collection and analysis to assess a state-of-the-art therapy ‘SleepTight’ for treatment of sleep disturbed breathing symptoms such as snoring and sleep apnoea. Specialist Clinics of Australia works to ensure efficacy of treatments prescribed to patients and works to implement continual optimisation of treatment settings, protocols and variables that may influence the desired result.
Specialist Clinics of Australia aims to perform rigorous statistical analysis through data collection to draw evidence based conclusions as well as develop new hypothesis for further testing.
Sleep disturbed breathing, in the mild form of snoring, and the more severe form of sleep apnoea (breath holding), indicates poor sleep quality and may result in chronic illness if left untreated.
Existing treatments involve inconvenient alternatives that work as a Band-Aid solution. The condition is greatly influenced by looseness of skin in the soft palate. This suggests to our specialists that the area can be strengthened and tightened using similar treatments to those used for rejuvenation of the outer skin.
Specialist Clinics of Australia continuously carries out research to constantly evaluate and improve the efficacy of the SleepTight treatment, and to gain an understanding of the best settings, protocol and varieties that may enhance the efficacy. The long term goal is to record the progress of a large patient population undergoing laser treatment, and to report objective and statistically significant information to the community.
The variables associated with the treatment are as follows:
• The optimal laser settings; heat mode, heat energy (jules), number of pulses
• The optimal number of treatments
• The optimal timing of the treatments; (duration of delivery of energy)
• The optimal interval between treatments
Variables associated with the patient to be investigated are as follows:
• The degree of fat in the tissue under the neck and jowls
• The degree of laxity in the tissue (oral anatomy, tissue types, soft palate thickness and length)
• Original degree of sleep disturbance presented
• Preferred sleep position
Based on the 2014-2015 findings, a new protocol was developed in 2015-2016 which used:
1. Alternative number of pulses and heat (Jules)
2. Reduction on the time between treatment intervals between the 3 laser treatments
3. Incorporation of the Nightshift device to control the sleeping position
Findings during 2015 and 2016 demonstrated a positive relationship between the incorporation of these changes into the protocol and the improvement of the symptoms.