Pillar Procedure: Correct Sleep Apnea and Snoring

November 12, 2012

Pillar Procedure: Correct Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Do you or a loved one suffer from severe snoring or sleep apnea? The Pillar Procedure is a new treatment to help everyone in the household sleep comfortably and safely.

There are about 70 million people in the United States that are currently suffering from some type of sleeping disorder such as sleep apnea or snoring. These disorders can be disruptive not only for the sufferers, but also for anyone else trying to sleep in the same area. Even though there a variety of treatment options available on the market, many people find them to be inadequate at providing the desired relief. With flimsy strips, face masks, or extremely invasive procedures such as surgery, people with sleeping disorders are wasting time and money trying to find what works best for them. The Pillar Procedure has helped almost 50,000 people with new individuals being helped every day.

How it Works

The Pillar Procedure focuses on the soft palate. A local anesthetic is used in the mouth so that people do not need be put under. Once the area is numb, three implants are placed where the soft and hard palate of the mouth meet. These polyester implants are very small and are placed close together. As time goes by, the body’s natural response is to heal over the area. This causes additional stiffening of the soft palate which offers more structural support. With this entire area now stronger and firmer, the tendency of the tissue to vibrate is greatly diminished which reduces snoring. The palatal tissue will also not collapse as often or as severely which prevents the obstruction of the upper airway. This means that sufferers of sleep apnea can now sleep without the need of the traditional sleep apnea masks.

Benefits of the Pillar Procedure

There are many benefits to using the Pillar Procedure to help take care of your sleeping disorders. The largest benefit is that the procedure is only minimally invasive. It is also a short procedure so you will not need to be at the doctor all day long. Normal daily activities and eating habits can usually be resumed the same day. Other benefits of having this particular procedure performed include:

  • Patients had deeper and more fulfilling sleep

  • People were less sleepy during the day and able to better function

  • Patients’ snoring intensity decreased significantly

  • Partners of those suffering from snoring reported that snoring was greatly reduced

  • 80% of patients with apnea showed a reduction in AHI (the apnea hypopnea index)

Overall, the results of the procedure are positive and lasting.

Is the Procedure Right for You?

When it comes to excessive snoring or sleep apnea, there is sometimes nothing a person can do to correct the problem. Strips and the like do not often help because more than 80% of snoring and apnea cases are a result of problems with the soft palate. Either the tissue vibrates and flutters as the air travels through which leads to snoring or the tissue has a tendency to collapse which leads to obstructive sleep apnea. If you are currently suffering from sleep apnea and are using a mask when you sleep, it may be time to talk to your doctor about the Pillar Procedure. It may also be time to see your doctor if your snoring is so disruptive that other members of the household have a difficult time sleeping or if you often awake feeling excessively tired.

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