A solution to snoring and sleep apnea

To most people, snoring is at worst a nighttime annoyance, however, this seemingly benign quirk can hide great dangers. Excessively loud snoring, aside from irritating whoever has the misfortune of sharing your bed, is a sign of poor health and possible sleep apnea – a dangerous disorder that typically comes with a host of similarly alarm raising afflictions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and, even on its own, can cause death. For years, the only cure for excessive snoring and sleep apnea was an extensive and costly jaw realignment surgery. Not anymore. In this issue, Oi talks to Dr. Ho Xuan Vuong from the Orient Skincare & Laser Center on a new medical solution – Fotona Night Lase – to a decades-old problem.


What exactly is sleep apnea and how common is it?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last for several seconds to several minutes, and may occur, by definition, at least five times in an hour. Prolonged and untreated sleep apnea leads to poor sleep, fatigue, epilepsy and eventually death by asphyxiation. Sleep apnea can afflict people of all genders and races though overweight males over 40 have a significantly higher risk. It is estimated that four percent of adult men and two percent of adult women are afflicted with sleep apnea.

How does Fotona Night Lase end snoring and sleep apnea?
Loud snoring and sleep apnea have a similar root cause: obstructed breathing in the soft palate and uvula. To fix this problem, the uvula and soft palate need to be tightened. It used to be that we could only do this through surgery. The surgeon cuts the patient’s jaw and face and reconstructs the jawbones, forcing the muscles in the area to reshape themselves to the new jaw. Recovery time post-surgery varies from person to person but I’ve seen extreme cases where a patient takes an entire year to recover. Fotona Night Lase, on the other hand, is a completely non-invasive procedure. A solid state Er:YAG laser is administered to the soft palate and the uvula to stimulate and tighten the area’s soft tissue. With time and good application, this treatment will end snoring and sleep apnea.

Is anaesthetic required in Fotona Night Lase?
Not at all. It would defeat the purpose of a non-invasive procedure, wouldn’t it? The only thing the patient feels is mild warmth at the treated area.

How many sessions does a full Fotona Night Lase treatment require? how long does each session take? are repeated treatments required?
A full treatment is carried out in three sessions with each session lasting only ten minutes. There’s a down time of two to four weeks between each session. An entire treatment can therefore take as along two to three months to complete. After the first session though, the snoring will decrease by 70 percent. If the patient maintains good health and refrains from smoking and excessive drinking, no repeated treatments are required.


Are there any side effects? Can the patient drink and eat normal solid food in between sessions?
The treatment has no significant side effects and does not interfere with the patient’s eating and drinking in any way. Right after a session, the patient may feel warm or even hot in their mouth, similar to a mild case of inflamed throat and mouth, but even that should pass quickly.
* Interviewed by NDP Khanh – Images by Ngoc Tran.

Share this story, choose your platform!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on tumblr
Share on google
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on vk
Share on email
About the author:

1 thought on “A solution to snoring and sleep apnea”

Leave a Comment

Celebrate Christmas in Style at Pullman Danang Beach Resort

The holiday season is just around the corner! Gather your loved ones for an extraordinary brunch on Christmas Day. With the finest ingredients, our chefs have prepared traditional seasonal favorites, featuring premium cuts, fresh catches from the sea, and plenty of sweet treats. ENJOY AN EXTRAORDINARY CHRISTMAS BRUNCH The festive feast will include an array

Read More »

Health benefits of pumpkin that make it a true superfood

Pumpkin is one such humble ingredient that is usually in demand around Halloween and lays dormant on the grocery store’s shelves for the rest of the year! The even sadder fact is that most people tend to grab a can of pumpkin puree more often than take it home in the fresh avatar. Maybe it

Read More »


Located at the city’s dynamic centre, Caravelle Hotel has become a familiar name among many travellers as well as the locals. The hotel is known as one of the fewest hotels in Saigon operating for more than 60 years, unsurprisingly, it owns an admirable history. In combination with its seasoned generations of staff, Caravelle is

Read More »

Nightlife in Vietnam: How to Enjoy Yourself Without Booze or Bars

Going out on the town in the extraordinary country of Vietnam — with its long-storied history and tourist options — introduces you to captivating experiences. Whether you decide to take daytime adventures throughout the region or get all dolled up for a nighttime extravaganza, fun in Vietnam doesn’t have to revolve around alcohol and drugs.

Read More »

Preventing Depression During this Covid 19 Period

It is a world pandemic and things have changed. People have been isolated, others have lost their lives and jobs have been lost. Schools closed, businesses are not thriving as usual and this has made many people to have a lot of thoughts. Since it is a global problem, people must know that these are

Read More »