The most common source of snoring is from the fluttering of the soft palate (the soft part of the top of the mouth) as well as the uvula (the bell at the back of the throat). This technique lessens snoring by stiffening the soft palate to reduce its vibration.
The technique is done in the office under local anesthesia (freezing the throat using sprays, gels, and lidocaine). Three small ‘pillar’ implants (2mm in diameter) are placed inside the soft palate to cause scarring and stiffening the palate.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Pillar Procedure
The Pillar Procedure is a simple and effective snoring and sleep apnea procedure that targets extra soft palate tissues in the back of your airway. This treatment uses the addition of small implants to add structure to the soft palate tissue and limit any obstructions and vibrations during sleep.
The Pillar Procedure only takes one quick visit to your physician’s office, or in combination with other upper airway procedures. The entire treatment takes only approximately 20 minutes, and patients are typically able to resume normal diet and exercise on the same day as the procedure.
The results of the Pillar Procedure are impressive. Most patients experience a significant decrease in snoring, and according to studies, about 80% of patients showed a reduction in their sleep apnea hypopnea index. Patients also experience less daytime sleepiness.
This procedure is a minimally invasive treatment that is not painful. However, patients may experience mild discomfort and pressure during the procedure.
Patients should see a noticeable improvement of their sleep apnea or snoring symptoms within weeks of undergoing the Pillar Procedure. They should also experience a significant decrease in snoring intensity, as well as less daytime sleepiness.
Currently, the average cost of the Pillar Procedure is about $2000. However, total costs will vary depending on your doctor and location.
We recommend contacting your health insurance provider to see what your coverage may be for the Pillar Procedure. Many insurance companies consider the treatment to be cosmetic, so it may not be covered.
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