If you are thinking about getting surgery or an operation for your snoring problems, then you have probably at least heard about laser surgery.
Thankfully, we live in a world where modern medicine continues to make treatments for different diseases, conditions, and ailments better and better—and snoring is certainly not left out of this. Not long ago, a snoring surgery was an iffy thing. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. It was expensive, invasive, and a pretty ‘major’ event.
But nowadays, laser treatment has helped to cut down on the ‘severity’ of stop snoring surgeries, operations and procedures—and now, you can get many snoring treatments as outpatient surgeries, with little to no pain or suffering for your time!
But what are your options? What kinds of laser procedures can you get for snoring in New Zealand?
That’s what we are going to talk about in this post.
Laster Treatment For Snoring: Why Get It?
There are a number of reasons for why someone might want to get laser treatment for snoring. The biggest upside to this type of treatment, of course, is that it is usually a long-term or even permanent fix. A lot of these types of surgeries make actual changes to the lining of the upper airway, which promotes better airflow and helps to reduce soft palate vibration.
Granted, laser surgery is a more complicated affair than if you were to try to treat your snoring problems with a stop snoring device or mouthpiece. But then again, with a mouthpiece or a device, you will need to use the product every single night in order for it to work.
Laser surgery, however, is often either a ‘one and done’ thing, or something very close to it. And therein lies its appeal.
But which type of procedure would be best for you?
Here is what you need to know.
The Types of Laser Treatment Options For Snoring Available in New Zealand
There are two basic types of laser treatment options available in New Zealand: The Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty, and/or the SnoreLase Somnoplasty/Palatal stiffening treatment. These are both actually pretty different, so we will discuss both in this post.
What Is a Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty?
This treatment essentially utilizes a laser to remove part of the uvula and soft palate. Unlike a regular uvulopalatoplasty operation, the LAUP is usually performed as a day-stay procedure, and only requires local anesthetic—making it far less invasive than the ‘traditional’ model.
Officially, the LAUP was designed to be a ‘minimally-invasive sleep apnea procedure,’ and is intended to open up the airway to help provide relief from the effects of snoring and OSA.
There are several basic ‘goals’ to this treatment. It is meant to…
- Manage mild to moderate sleep apnea
- Limit vibration of the uvula during sleeping
- Decrease the loudness of snoring, hopefully eliminating it altogether
- Decrease the size of the Uvula itself to create more room in the airway
This type of procedure offers several benefits that you don’t often find with the regular non-laser version of the treatment. In addition to those we have already listed, it also provides the benefit of creating less overall discomfort, and significantly decreases the intensity of most cases of snoring within just a few short weeks.
It is actually so minimally invasive that the patient’s ability to speak is not even compromised!
SnoreLase – Somnoplasty/Palatal stiffening
During this laser treatment procedure, a laser is used to cauterize certain key areas on the soft palate. The idea is that, as the burned parts heal, the tissue begins to shrink. And in doing so, the size of the airway is increased.
This treatment option was first made available in the US back in 2013, but it was available in Europe for 5 years before this. Many people will recognize it by its unique name, NightLase, or SnoreLase. During this procedure, an Erbium laser is used to ‘heat up’ the palatal tissue. This helps to tighten and tone the soft tissue of the soft palate, and helps to create more room in the back of the throat as a result.
This means that it creates more room for airflow, which is obviously a very desirable outcome… as this would naturally help to do away with incidences of soft palate vibration.
This particular treatment method usually requires three visits to the doctor. But after these three sessions have been completed, you should notice quite a difference within just a few weeks’ time.
Another really interesting thing that we have found is that some health care providers in New Zealand actually offer a money back guarantee on the SnoreLase Treatment. If they don’t end up reducing your snoring by 80% or more over the course of your treatment, they will either try very hard to get you there with additional treatment, or refund you the money for the procedure.
This was actually quite surprising to us! Of course, you should check with your provider to see if such a guarantee is offered in your area, but this is a pretty awesome deal if you’re looking for a more risk-free option for reducing or eliminating snoring woes.