A sleep apnea is a serious disorder that involves a repeated breathing disruption during sleep. In some cases, breathing may become shallow or even stop altogether. The most common type of apnea is obstructive sleep apnea which involves a relaxation of the muscles at the back of throat resulting in an obstruction of the airway. If you think you may have a sleep apnea, talk with your doctor to learn about treatment options.
Snoring affects many people because as we sleep, the muscles in the throat relax which can cause air flow to cause sound vibrations. Snoring may cause only minimal disruption or it may serious impact the quality of a person’s sleep (as well as the quality of sleep experienced by those sleeping next to them). Chronic snoring can lead to a variety of issues related to lost sleep such as irritability, difficulty concentrating, high blood pressure, and fatigue. Operating machinery or driving can be dangerous for individuals who regularly lose sleep due to snoring. And snoring can also impact intimacy in relationships exiling couples to separate rooms.
Snoring can be treated in a variety of ways. For light snoring, weight loss, quitting smoking, sleeping on one’s side, and avoiding alcohol before bed may eliminate the problem. But for more serious snoring problems, it may be necessary to talk with a doctor to learn about treatments like surgery that can help reduce or eliminate the issue.
The Pillar Procedure is a quick, simple procedure that’s minimally invasive and used to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. During this procedure, tiny implants are placed into the soft palate to add structure and stability to soft tissues that may become lax during sleep. The implants are made of a material that stimulates the body’s natural fibrotic response. Over the course of a year or more, the implants, along with the body’s own tissues help add stability to the soft palate to reduce problems like snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
The procedure is simple and effective and performed on an outpatient basis. There are no incisions required and recovery takes only 1 to 2 days. Noticeable improvement is often reported within weeks or months.