Dr. Heath Brantley started using the Solea Laser in 2017 and has become one of the nation’s top trainers on the technology. He recently became the first dentist in North Carolina to begin treating patients with Solea Sleep.
“Solea Sleep is an unbelievable snoring treatment and a much better alternative to surgery.”
— Dr. Heath Brantley
What is Solea Sleep?
Solea Sleep is a revolutionary new procedure in the evolving field of dental sleep medicine. Solea Sleep is a simple, quick, and comfortable laser treatment that provides rapid relief to people who snore and increases their quality of sleep, as well as their spouse’s or partner’s. Solea Sleep is non-invasive, patient-friendly, and takes only 5 minutes to administer, with no post-treatment discomfort or downtime. Treating snoring has never been easier!
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 advanced laser technology enables Dr. Brantley to tighten the collagen fibers of the soft palate tissue in only one simple and gentle 5-minute treatment. The tightened palatal tissue opens the airway and reduces vibrations that cause patients to snore and disrupt sleep. Solea Sleep also reduces the effects of sleep apnea by decreasing the amplitude of snoring.
Is Solea Sleep treatment painful?
No. The majority of patients report not feeling anything during the Solea Sleep procedure, while some report only a slight warm sensation. Some patients may require a topical anesthetic spray for the soft palate to eliminate a potential gag reflex. After treatment a small percentage of patients report minor tissue soreness or irritation that lasts about 24 hours.
How long do Solea Sleep results last?
Solea Sleep results lasts on average 12 to 15 months. As with any procedure involving the tightening of elastic tissue, results are not permanent as collagen in the tissue naturally relaxes or loosens over time. For consistent long-term results we recommend that the Solea Sleep procedure be performed once a year. Solea Sleep can even be done quickly and easily at your regular hygiene visits.
What are the benefits of Solea Sleep?
· Decreased snoring
· Better quality, deeper sleep
· Eliminates morning sore throats and headaches
· Increased daytime energy, better mood
· Improved concentration, memory, learning
· Reduced effects of sleep apnea
· Stops disrupting partner’s sleep
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.
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.
Does insurance cover Solea Sleep?
Not at this time. Both dental and medical insurance view Solea Sleep as an “elective” procedure. However, you can use the pre-tax dollars in your flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) toward Solea Sleep treatment. Your FSA/HSA is managed by your employer, and you pay money into the account throughout the year, usually through a deduction from your paycheck. You may set aside up to $2,700 annually, but not all employers offer an FSA or HSA.
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.