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Silence the Snores: How Laser Treatment Offers Long-Term Relief for Snoring

Do you often snore loudly and find yourself feeling perpetually tired, even after a full night’s rest? Do you struggle to stay awake during the day, even in the most important moments? If so, you may be one of the millions of people worldwide who suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea. This condition, which causes frequent interruptions in breathing during sleep, can leave you feeling drained and fatigued, despite spending the recommended eight hours in bed. But don’t worry – with proper treatment, you can finally get the restful, restorative sleep you deserve.

Laser treatment to the soft palate at the base of the tongue can effectively treat snoring and prevent airway obstruction during sleep by stimulating collagen strengthening, lifting, and tightening of the soft palate. This can lead to better sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue and obstructive sleep apnoea.

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a type of sleep-disordered breathing characterized by repeated episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. It occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, causing breathing to stop for a few seconds or longer. This results in a decrease in oxygen levels in the body, which triggers the brain to wake the person up briefly to resume breathing.

People with OSA may experience a range of symptoms, including loud snoring, gasping, or choking during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, and mood changes. OSA is a serious medical condition that can lead to other health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes if left untreated.

Over a 10-year period, Dr. Garry Cussell has developed a unique soft palate laser program that combines with a learned behaviour therapy program to enhance the effectiveness of treatment. The program involves a series of painless and non-invasive 20-minute laser treatments to strengthen the soft palette through building collagen.

Additionally, the program includes a one-year program that utilizes a simple non-invasive feedback device to help patients develop innate reflex muscle lifting of the soft palate muscles. Dr. Garry Cussell educates individuals on being mindful of the snoring vibration in their head and neck, similar to how we approach the night shift device. They learn to associate this snoring vibration with opening the soft palate, which is a smaller muscle action compared to turning their entire body from back to side. This constitutes the behavioral therapy aspect, but it necessitates compliance, and individuals must continue their efforts. This approach prolongs the improved results by maintaining an open airway for years after treatment.

By combining these treatments, Dr. Cussell has demonstrated long-term effectiveness in treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea, leading to improved sleep quality and reduced symptoms.

It is important to note that compliance with the program is essential for long-term success. Patients who follow the program diligently and complete the one-year program have a higher chance of maintaining the results. As patients age, the tissues become weaker and looser, which increases the likelihood of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. However, patients who have completed the program have developed the habit of reflex muscle lifting, which helps to maintain an open airway.

Dr. Cussell’s approach has been well-received by patients, and many have reported significant improvements in their sleep quality and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea. The laser treatment and behaviour therapy program are non-invasive, painless, and effective, with a success rate of over 90%.

Furthermore, this treatment is safe, has few side effects, and is less invasive than other treatment options, such as surgery or the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Therefore, this treatment method has become increasingly popular among patients seeking a non-invasive and effective solution to their snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea.

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