Snoring, which affects millions of people and their partners, occurs when there is an obstruction of the free flow of air through the passages of the back of the mouth and nose. Dr. D. Mintz and the late Dr. R. Dickson have modified, perfected, and published the revolutionary new one-staged Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP). Their one step method involves removal of the same amount of tissue as the UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty- the standard surgery done for sleep apnea since the early 80’s). Standard LAUP treatment done in most centers requires 3 to 5 treatments to slowly shrink the floppy palate. This procedure is done in one session in over 95% of cases. A one step laser treatment is performed under topical and local anaesthetic, with the patient sitting upright and fully awake.