Stop Snoring or Sleep Apnea Naturally Without Surgery
Snoring is a common problem that can cause physical and emotional issues for the snorer and others in their lives. Sleep apnea is even worse and can have very serious consequences on a sufferers’ health.
Up until now, treatments for snoring and sleep apnea have involved general anaesthetic, invasive surgery, pain, a long recovery time, or wearing an uncomfortable and restrictive face mask every single night.However, About Face Brisbane’s solution is non-surgical, and effective and safe, and targets the cause of snoring and sleep apnea.
Dr Campey was recently invited to provide expert comment on snoring and sleep apnea by ABC Radio. Listen to what he had to say
Facts about snoring and sleep apnea
What is snoring and sleep apnea?
Snoring is a sound caused by vibrations of the soft tissue at the back of the throat. This vibration is caused by negative air pressure. The negative air pressure is a result of an obstruction or interruption of the air which normally flows through passages at the back of the nose and mouth as we breathe.
Snoring can be embarrassing and can cause issues both at work (due to decreased performance) and at home (due to a snorer’s partner also have an interrupted night’s sleep). Snorers often suffer from headaches in the morning, a dry mouth, irritability, and a range of other unpleasant symptoms.
Sleep apnea (obstructive or central) is a far more serious sleep disorder. Sleep apnea can be life threatening, especially Obstructive Sleep Apnea. During an Obstructive Sleep Apnea episode, the airway is temporarily blocked during sleep. This causes the oxygen levels in the blood to drop. In response, the brain sends out a signal for the body to wake up and breathe to prevent the individual from suffocating during their sleep. As a result, sufferers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea sleep badly and have low daytime energy levels. While snoring may be seen as more of a nuisance than a serious threat to a snorer’s health, there are very serious health risks associated with sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, stroke, an enlarged heart, irregular heartbeat, and lung dysfunction.
Central sleep apnea is a rare sleeping disorder caused by a failure of the brain’s respiratory centre, which is responsible for breathing. This failure is caused by a defect in the central nervous system.
What causes snoring and sleep apnea?
There are several contributing factors for snoring, including:
- nasal congestion
- the anatomy of the mouth
- alcohol consumption
In regards to sleep apnea, excess body weight is the major risk factor. You are far more likely to suffer from sleep apnea if you don’t maintain a healthy weight. However, even slim people can develop sleep apnea, as there are other risk factors, including:
- A large neck – the larger your neck, the more soft tissue there is in that area. This soft tissue can block your airway while you sleep and increase your sleep apnea risk.
- Middle age – people of any age (even babies) can have sleep apnea. However, sleep apnea is more common in adults between the ages 25 – 60.
- Male gender – more men than women suffer from sleep apnea. Women that have gone through menopause are more likely to develop sleep apnea than pre-menopausal women.
- High blood pressure – hypertension is very common in people who experience sleep apnea.
- A family history of sleep apnea – if one of your family members has or had sleep apnea, you will have a higher chance of developing sleep apnea.
- Recessed jaw – if you have a recessed jaw, there is a higher chance you will suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea and snoring treatment facts
How can About Face stop my snoring or sleep apnea?
About Face treats the cause of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with a revolutionary procedure called NightLase.
You may have heard of Constant Pressure (CPAP) machines which were a common treatment option in the past. However, CPAP machines (apart from being inconvenient and uncomfortable) only have a 40% success rate. NightLase has a 90% success rate. About Face Brisbane is proud to offer this amazing treatment to our valued clients.
How does the NightLase treatment work?
The NightLase procedure for snoring and sleep apnea harnesses the power of heat and light to gently tighten the back of the throat. This heating with a precisely controlled and safe laser beam triggers the body’s natural collagen production process called neocollagenesis. The production of collagen results in a firmer throat and soft palate tissue, which in turn reduces the likelihood of the throat collapsing and vibrating during sleep.
What are the benefits of NightLase?
There are many benefits to the NightLase procedure:
- NightLase is safe.
- NightLase is painless.
- NightLase requires no aftercare or antibiotics.
- Patients can continue their daily routine immediately after the treatment, including driving a car or operating heavy machinery.
- No anaesthesia is required.
- No invasive surgery is required and no needles.
- No downtime is involved.
- NightLase solves the cause of the problem – it doesn’t mask the symptoms.
Why should I trust About Face for my laser snoring treatment?
About Face was the first clinic in Queensland to offer the revolutionary NightLase laser technology for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. As an ex-snorer, Dr Colin Campey was treated with NightLase himself while on an in-depth Fotona NightLase training course in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Dr Campey and his wife Karen were so impressed with the features and abilities of the NightLase machine that they decided to offer NightLase treatments to their clients.
About Face uses cutting edge technology. Fotona is a world leader in the medical laser field. Fotona is recognised for its award-winning and innovative medical laser systems, including NightLase. Fotona has one of the best-educated workforces in the industry, with a high number of PhDs specialising in medical and laser technology.
What should I expect before, during and after treatment?
Before your treatment, you’ll have a 30-minute assessment with Dr Campey. This consultation is $70 with a rebate from medicare of $ 61. During this assessment, Dr Campey may suggest some lifestyle changes, depending on your current level of health and certain lifestyle factors, which may help to ease your sleep apnea. These suggestions are to improve how well you sleep between your assessment and your laser treatment sessions and to try and reduce the number of laser sessions you will need to achieve great results.
Dr Campey will look at the upper section of your throat, soft palate, tonsils and uvula. Dr Campey will check for swelling, inflammation or other conditions that could be reducing the size of your airways or obstructing them.
This thorough examination and discussion of your current lifestyle and general health will allow Dr Campey to provide you with a sleep apnea or snoring treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and will provide the best outcome for your quality of sleep.
One sleep apnea or laser snoring treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. There is no need to prepare anything before treatment although if you have been using a sleep diary or log, please bring this with you. There is no need to fast before the treatment and you can eat and drink as you normally would that day. You don’t need to wear special clothing to your appointment – some patients come in wearing their high visibilitywork gear or office dresses during their lunch break.
While Dr Campey performs the laser procedure, you’ll lie on one of our comfortable treatment tables in a private room. You will feel a mild heating sensation during the treatment as Dr Campey uses a laser device to heat your throat and soft palate.
To see the procedure in action, watch the video below.
NightLase is very convenient as there is absolutely no downtime after treatments. There is no surgery, no needles and no chemicals involved with NightLase, which means no side effects. You can eat, drive, exercise, or return to work straight after the procedure. The only side effect some patients have experienced is a mild sore throat for a very short time.
How much does NightLase cost?
One session of NightLase® Laser snoring or sleep apnea therapy is $700 including GST. A package of three sessions is available for $1640 including GST (which means a saving of $460). Rebates through Medicare are available. Pensioners and Health Care card holders are offered an extra $100 discount.
NightLase is more affordable than ever before, as About Face now offers patients zipPay. ZipPay allows people to sign up for an account at home before treatment (or at the clinic after treatment). zipPay lets you apply for up to $1000 credit. There is no interest on payments.
Here is how zipPay works. When it’s time to pay for your treatment, let our reception staff know you’d like to pay using zipPay. You’ll need to have your smartphone with you. Next, either sign-up for zipPay or if you already have an account, sign in. After that, select ‘shop in-store’ from the menu. You’ll receive a 6-digit code, which you need to share with our reception staff. ZipPay then pays About Face on your behalf, and you pay zipPay back over time with flexible, interest-free terms. It’s simple, convenient, and helps you afford to look after your health.
The sooner you talk to Dr Campey, the sooner you can start your journey to a better night’s sleep and improved health. To book an obligation-free consultation, call our friendly staff today on (07) 3482 2999 or contact us online by clicking here.