Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) is a technique that
uses lasers to perform surgery for some sleep-related breathing disorders. It
may be used if you have:
snoring. But your snoring may
return after the surgery.
Upper airway resistance syndrome, in
which nighttime breathing is obstructed but does not actually stop. Symptoms
include feeling sleepy during the day, snoring a lot, and waking up frequently
during the night.
sleep apnea, which is stopped or slowed breathing
There is debate about whether the laser procedure is an
effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). LAUP has not shown any major benefit for people who have sleep
apnea.1 And problems swallowing and voice changes are
common side effects from LAUP.
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LAUP is not recommended by
the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to treat sleep apnea.2
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September 09, 2014
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