dental laser

Introducing Solea Sleep: A Solution for Snoring!

August 26th, 2021

We are STOKED to announce that we’ve gotten in on the ground floor of a new technology using our Solea dental laser - Solea Sleep! Finally there may be a remedy to the snoring that plagues many of us. Let’s run down some common questions:

What is snoring?

Simply, loose tissue that vibrates while air flows through the mouth or nose causes the noise we call snoring. 

What are common causes of snoring?

  • Nasal: Allergies, Deviated septum, etc.
  • Throat: Bulky Tissue, enlarged tonsils
  • Mouth: Long Palate or Uvula, Poor muscle tone in Soft Palate*, Large Tongue

*This accounts for up to 80% of all snoring!!

What does Solea Sleep do to treat snoring?

Solea Sleep targets palatal fluttering by delivering laser energy to tighten collagen in the soft palate. This tightens the tissue and reduces the vibration that causes snoring.

Expect this treatment to reduce snoring, not eliminate it.  You’ll start seeing results in as little as 1-3 days and they’ll last approximately 1 year. It is important to note that this treatment will not treat sleep apnea, so if you’ve been diagnosed with OSA please touch base with us for alternate treatment options.

Is snoring a big issue for you? This might be exactly what you need! Contact our office today to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Dental fillings without pain or anesthetic??

January 30th, 2018

Solea Dental LaserYes please!! In our never ending quest to seek out and utilize the latest technology, we are THRILLED to announce our latest advance: pain free laser dentistry. 2018 has brought the Solea laser to Strobel, and we can’t wait to see how this changes our patients’ experience for the better!

What is the Solea laser?

Solea is the first CO2 dental laser system cleared by the FDA for hard, soft and osseous tissue procedures. It allows the vast majority of procedures to be done in less time without  pain (and thus without needles and anesthesia!).

How does Solea work?

This is the really cool part. The specialized wavelength of light energy supplied by the CO2 Solea Laser vaporizes four different “photoreceptors:” hydroxyapatite, water, collagen, and plastic. It basically makes the tissue disappear! Meanwhile it overwhelms our nerves’ ability to sense pain, allowing decay and unwanted tissue to be removed quickly and without anesthesia. This energy is “pulsed” and expertly controlled by our dentists via foot pedal, guaranteeing precision and predictable results.

Are there any side effects with Solea?

You’ll feel none of the lingering numbness that you would after a traditional procedure, but just like a normal dental restoration there may be some residual soreness. During treatment you should feel no pain; our patients have reported cold sensitivity and mild pressure during use, but an overwhelming majority felt nothing else!

For what procedures can the Solea laser be used?

There are many procedures that can benefit from the use of this laser, from dental fillings to oral surgery. Some examples:

  • Direct Fillings
  • Frenectomies
  • Gingivectomies
  • Apthous Ulcer Treatments
  • Fibroma Removal
  • Crown Lengthening / Bone Removal
  • Implant Uncovering

Solea is not currently indicated for use in endodontic procedures and amalgam removals. The procedures we’ll use the laser for in our office will vary from case to case, but we expect to use it more and more as the technology continues to grow.

There are only 600 of these in the world as of January 2018, and only 2 in Chicago!! We’re so stoked to be in on the ground floor of this exciting advance in dentistry. Call us today to see if this treatment is right for you!

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