The doctor will do an assessment to determine your level of snoring and sleep apnoea. Some of questions you may be asked include:
- Do you wake up with a dry mouth or a sore throat?
- Do you feel you lack sleep in general?
- Do you have difficulty waking up in the morning?
- Do you feel sleepy, fatigued and tired during the day?
From these various questions, your doctor will determine which snoring treatment is best suited to your needs. This is especially the case if you’re consulting about SleepTight. At Specialist Clinics of Australia this initial consultation is free, so if SleepTight isn’t the treatment for you, there will be recommendations on alternative treatments that are suitable for your condition.
What happens during the treatment?
From the consultation, we will see whether you’re a suitable candidate for the SleepTight treatment process. If you are, then during your SleepTight treatment, the heating technique occurs in 2 stages:
- Initial skin contraction and tightening
- Strengthening the tissue with new collagen
How long does it take?
The treatment process lasts between 20-30 minutes on average, and we recommended three treatments one week apart for the best results.
What does it feel like?
Clients report a warm sensation at the back of the mouth. It’s not a painful treatment with minimum to no discomfort afterwards.
What actually happens during the treatment?
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.
How will I feel after treatment?
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.
Do I need to wear a mouth guard at any stage of the treatment?
No, you don’t. This is not a mouth guard snoring treatment.
Do I need to take time off work?
No, there’s no down time required as SleepTight is a ‘walk-in, walk-out’ procedure. There’s no chemical treatment or anaesthesia involved, so you can return to your normal routine straight away.
Is there any post care required?
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.
How much does it cost?
$2900 for the complete series of three treatments. Maintenance treatments, if required cost $450 per treatment (Pricing as at Apr 2016 and is subject to change). Maintenance costs for alternative treatments of using a CPAP machine or dental mouthguard are much higher.
Call us on (02) 8459 0312 to arrange a free, private consultation with one of our highly trained medical clinicians experienced in all skin conditions. During this consultation we’ll discuss in detail the treatment program best suited to your skin concern and budget.