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Snore-Cures™ – Treating obstructive sleep apnea

Snore-Cures™ a Simple Option

A simple option to treat snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

Snoring. There’s nothing good about it. Chronic snoring disrupts sleep patterns and prevents a good night’s rest.1 It damages relationships.2 Snoring often is a factor in a more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which has been linked to health issues such as high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and heart disease.3

Fortunately, there’s an option. Snore-Cures™ is a simple, safe and effective treatment that is designed to help you stop snoring and, in many cases, help people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s a relatively painless procedure that can be performed in a doctor’s office in about 20 minutes, using only local anesthetic. More than 30,000 people worldwide have been treated with the  Snore-Cures™.

You and your bed partner could be on your way to a more restful night’s sleep with Snore-Cures™.

How Snore-Cures™ Works

Snore-Cures™ also known as the Pillar Procedure targets the most common cause of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—the soft palate.1,2 During the procedure, three tiny woven implants are placed in the soft palate. Over time the implants, together with the body’s natural fibrotic response, add structural support to and stiffen the soft palate. This structural support and stiffening reduce the tissue vibration that can cause snoring and the palatal tissue collapse that can obstruct the upper airway and cause obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Pillar implants are made of a material that has been used in implantable medical devices for more than 50 years. Patients cannot see or feel the Pillar implants, nor do they interfere with swallowing or speech. Many patients resume normal diet and activities the same day of the procedure.

Clinical studies of the Pillar Procedure have shown that:

  • Patients experienced a significant decrease in snoring intensity.3,4
  • Bed partner satisfaction with the reduction in snoring after the Pillar Procedure has been documented at 80% or higher.3,4
  • Approximately 80% of patients demonstrated a reduction in their AHI, and results were sustained at one year after the Pillar Procedure.5
  • Patients experienced less daytime sleepiness and significant improvements in lifestyle after the Pillar Procedure.6

Is Snore-Cures™ Right for You?

Snore-Cures™ is designed to treat the soft palate, one of the main contributors to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).1,2

The soft palate is either the sole factor or a contributing factor in snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for a majority of people.1,2 If your soft palate is contributing to your snoring and/or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), Snore-Cures™ may be an excellent treatment for you.

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be caused by the vibration, obstruction or collapse of upper airway tissue, including the soft palate, nasal airway, tonsils, adenoids, tongue or pharyngeal walls (throat).

Dr. Joffrey will examine your upper airway to determine if your palate is causing or contributing to your snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and if you are a good candidate for the Pillar Procedure. More than 30,000 people worldwide have been treated with the Pillar Procedure.

1. Quinn SJ, Daly N, Ellis PD. Observation of the mechanism of snoring using sleep nasendoscopy. Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci. 1995 Aug; 20(4): 360-4.
2. Isono S, Tanaka A, Nishino T. Dynamic interaction between the tongue and soft palate during obstructive apnea in anesthetized patients with sleep-disordered breathing. J Appl Physiol 2003; 95: 2257-64.
3. Maurer JT, Verse T, Stuck BA, Hörmann K, Hein G. Palatal Implants for Primary Snoring: Short-Term Results of a New Minimally Invasive Surgical Technique. Otolaryngology-HNS 2005 Jan; 132(1):125-31.
4. Maurer JT, Verse T, Stuck BA, Hörmann K, Hein G. Long-Term Results of the Pillar Palatal Implant System for Primary Snoring. Otolaryngology-HNS 2005 Oct; 133(4):573-8.
5. Goessler UR, Hein G. Verste T, Stuck BA, Hörmann K, Maurer JT. Soft palate implants as a minimally invasive treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Acta Otolaryngol. 2007 May; 127(5):527-31.
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