New technology can help stop snoring

An estimated 30 to 50 percent of people snore. Snoring results from obstructed airways, and the problem can worsen as we age. Just as the collagen in our skin breaks down and causes wrinkles, tissues on the inside are also affected.

People try all sorts of things to stop their snoring. Oral Appliance Therapy is when a device that looks something like an orthodontic retainer holds your lower jaw in a forward position relative to your upper jaw, preventing your tongue and soft tissue from collapsing into your airway.

Another consists of breathing equipment called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). The CPAP is a mask connected to a machine that pushes air into your lungs.

Now a growing number of dentists and physicians across the country are treating snoring with a less invasive state-of-the-art laser technology.

This new laser technology is the first to apply the same concept to treat snoring.

The treatments are safe, gentle and effective at reducing the intensity and duration of snoring. About 80 percent of patients report noticeable improvement over time.