Stephanie Kinsey, DDS, owner and founder of Palencia Dental in St. Augustine, Fla., has introduced a new technologically-advanced procedure at her practice including NightLase® therapy which uses gentle laser light energy for symptoms due to snoring and sleep apnea.

Dr. Kinsey and her team of dental professionals are renowned for increasing patient comfort, reducing visit length, and improving results. With the new laser procedure, Dr. Kinsey, continues to rapidly advance the methods of treatment which is a patent-pending, fast, non-invasive treatment designed to increase the quality of a patient’s sleep. NightLase lessens the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the severity of snoring through the use of gentle, superficial, Erbium, a YAG laser light. According to Dr. Kinsey, it is estimated that there are millions of snorers in the U.S. Of these, about one-third are affected by sleep apnea.

“The NightLase treatment causes a tightening of the tissue and leads to a reduction in the sound of the patients snoring and a lessening of the affects of sleep apnea,” said Dr. Kinsey. “NightLase requires no device to be worn during sleep, and involves no chemical treatment and no anesthesia,” she said. “This is a non-surgical procedure and a gentle and easy way for patients and their loved ones to regain a good night sleep.”

Dr. Kinsey added, as many relationships are destroyed or stressed due to snoring, the condition can also cause cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, stroke, sleepiness and fatigue during the day, morning headaches, impotence in men, and depression. However, many pregnant women suffer from snoring during the last three months. This form of snoring usually disappears by itself and should not be treated.

Some steps to reduce snoring include weight loss if you are overweight, avoid eating large meals and drinking alcohol before bedtime, avoid highly-caffeinated energy drinks, and be aware of surgical treatments that involve hospitalization, general anesthesia, pain and prolonged healing.

In summary, laser energy has been used both in pure medical applications and cosmetic treatments for decades. The NightLase treatment was developed on this idea and proved to be very effective and virtually painless with a tightening of the tissue in the throat to prevent snoring and apnea problems. Two or three treatments may be needed, each about 30 minutes. Then, eating, drinking, and talking may be resumed. The patient can live a completely normal life immediately after the virtually painless treatment without painful surgical procedures with long convalescence times which are the currently offered options along with occlusal splints, oxygen masks or other inconvenient and impractical equipment needed at night. For more information, visit the website at

Dr. Stephanie Kinsey has been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years. Her St. Augustine, northwest St. Johns County cosmetic, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), and general dentistry practice is dedicated to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of one’s smile combining conservative and state-of-the-art procedures along with advanced dental medicine. Dr. Kinsey has earned the designation of Fellow from LVI Global. She is also a Fellow with The International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics (IAPA). The Fellow designations recognize that a dentist has completed a series of studies on the clinical skills and knowledge necessary to provide comprehensive clinical and aesthetic treatments for dental patients. Palencia Dental practice hours are Monday from 8 am until 5 pm; Tuesday from 8 am until 4 pm; Wednesday from 10 am until 5 pm; Thursday from 8 am until 5 pm, and Friday from 8 am until 1 pm. For more information, call (904) 474-5444. Visit the website at