WHAT IS SOLEA SLEEP?
Solea Sleep is a simple, quick, and comfortable 5 minute laser treatment that provides rapid relief to people who snore Solea® Sleep reduces or eliminates snoring by tightening tissue in the soft palate and reducing vibrations that cause snoring. Unlike surgical procedures that require incisions, stitches, and long recoveries, Solea Sleep is a nonsurgical laser treatment that takes only a few minutes with no recovery time and immediate relief. Enjoy a better night’s sleep for you and your partner. Solea Sleep is non-invasive and patient-friendly with no post-treatment discomfort or downtime. Treating snoring has never been easier!
WHAT CAUSES SNORING?
The primary source of snoring is the vibration that can occur when air flows past relaxed tissues in the soft palate. These tissues can become even more relaxed with age or weight gain.
HOW SERIOUS IS SNORING?
Snoring is often a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a serious condition that can be life threatening. Solea Sleep is a treatment for snoring only. Your dentist may do an evaluation of your airway and, depending on results, may then recommend that you consult a physician for further evaluation.
HOW DOES SOLEA SLEEP WORK?
About 80% of people who snore are “palatal” or mouth snorers, which is snoring caused by the vibration of the soft palate tissue that has relaxed over time. A unique application of Solea’s specific wavelength allows the laser to gently and quickly tighten collagen fibers of the soft palate tissue in only one 5 minute session. The tightened soft palate tissue opens the airway and reduces vibrations that cause patients to snore and disrupt sleep.
What is the cost of Solea Sleep treatment?
The cost of Solea Sleep treatment is $750. We offer 0% short-term in-house financing for those who request it, as well as longer terms through 3rd party financing through CareCredit.
Does insurance cover Solea Sleep?
No. Both dental and medical insurance view Solea Sleep as an “elective” procedure. However, you can use pre-tax dollars in your flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) toward Solea Sleep treatment.
Does Solea Sleep treat sleep apnea?
No. Solea Sleep is not a treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a serious health condition that involves partial or complete obstruction of the airway and reduced blood oxygenation levels. However, snoring is a major symptoms in undiagnosed or diagnosed sleep apnea patients, and Solea Sleep treatment can provide significant relief from snoring and improvements in their quality of sleep.
Alternative treatment options to Solea Sleep.
There are a number of treatment options available to treat snoring. One common alternative to treat palatal snoring is a mandibular advancement device, sometimes referred to as a snoreguard, that is worn during sleep to advance the jaw and open the airway. Treatment with Solea Sleep does not prevent future use of these devices if your snoring were to persist after treatment.
Other laser treatment options for snoring exist. One option called Nightlase uses a different type of laser than Solea, with energy being absorbed by the superficial layers of tissue. While treatment sessions take longer with this approach and multiple visits are required, patients report high levels of satisfaction with the procedure. Because of the additional time required, Nightlase typically is up to three times more expensive for patients than Solea Sleep.
For severe cases, surgical options exist where tissue is removed that is obstructing the airway. These procedures, called a uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or uvulopalatoplasty, have shown mixed clinical outcomes and can result in significant post-operative pain. These treatments would typically be performed by an ENT. Other approaches that may improve your snoring include cessation of alcohol and tobacco, as well as weight loss. Sleeping on your side instead of your back may also help.