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. Research shows, though, that snoring may
return, usually within 2 years after the surgery.1
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.2 And problems swallowing and voice changes are
common side effects from LAUP.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea -- a condition in which relaxation of the muscles around the tongue and throat causes the tissues to block airflow to the lungs while you sleep -- there are a number of treatment options to discuss with your doctor. Two of the most widely used and most effective are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and dental appliances, or mouth guards.