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Snoring/Sleep Apnea - Pillar Procedure

Pillar Snoring Treatment Animation Video

Before & After Video MRI video of Pillar Snoring Treatment

Pillar Snoring & Sleep Apnea Repoted on The DRs tv show

 

Snoring is the sound created by the vibrating tissues in the back of the throat and nose. These vibrating tissues can include the nasal airway, soft palate, uvula, tonsils or adenoids. In 80% of cases, the soft palate is the primary contributor to the snoring problem.
Snoring comes with several health concerns you may not be aware of:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Poor mental health
  • Poor emotional health
  • Decreased productivity
  • Slower reaction times

Snoring does not only affect the person snoring, but also other sleeping near or with them. Bedmates of snorers generally lose an average of one hour of sleep per night, and a growing number of snoring couples sleep apart, which can result in strained relationships and reduced intimacy.

Snoring can be an early warning sign of a more serious underlying medical condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Health consequences of untreated OSA include:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Type II diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attacks
  • Stroke

There are many treatment options available for patients with OSA. Some of them involve lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, avoidance of alcohol and smoking, and nasal sprays strips. Physicians may prescribe a CPAP machine for the rest of the patient’s life. For many patients, surgery is the best option to provide a long-term reduction or cure of OSA symptoms.

The Pillar Procedure is an FDA-approved surgery, performed more than 25,000 times worldwide. Three tiny Pillar implants are placed into the muscle of the soft palate in a procedure that can be performed in the office. These implants provided internal structural support to the soft palate to prevent it from collapsing during sleep. While some OSA procedures can be quite invasive and have high rates of relapse, the Pillar Procedure is:

  • Minimally invasive treatment
  • Requires only a single, brief in-office visit
  • Relatively painless with no prescription narcotics required
  • Resume normal diet the same day
  • Requires minimal follow-up
  • Low complication rate
  • A long-term solution

The Pillar Procedure has demonstrated both patient and partner satisfaction in many clinical trials. It not only reduces snoring and improves the sleep of the patient’s bed partner; many patients also see a decrease in over 50 % of their AHI scores. The Pillar Procedure can be performed either alone or as part of a treatment plan for patients who have multilevel obstruction, and does not prevent the patient from other future treatment options.