Sleep apnea is a condition in which your body does not get enough oxygen while you sleep. It can be caused by a blockage to your airway, the collapse of tissues in your throat as you sleep, or by your tongue rolling back at night. Sleep apnea can have a number of negative effects. Those effects include snoring and the inability to get a good night’s rest. However, sleep apnea can also contribute to other serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and liver problems. Symptoms of sleep apnea can include:

  • Extreme drowsiness during the day
  • Personality changes and irritability
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Snoring
  • Waking up with a very dry or sore throat
  • Frequent morning headaches

At James D. Schuette. DDS., our doctor, Dr. James D. Schuette may be able to treat your sleep apnea using the advanced Fotona NightLase®. This state-of-the-art laser treatment uses gentle laser pulses on the soft tissues to open your airways and to allow you to get the sleep you need without wearing an appliance and without the use of chemicals. NightLase therapy is non-invasive and completely safe for use on the sensitive tissues inside the mouth. The full course of NightLase treatment consists of three separate treatment sessions over a six week period. NightLase has a very high success rate and the results can last up to a year.

If you have noticed the signs of sleep apnea in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, please call our office at 816-554-7656 to schedule your consultation.