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What’s the Difference Between the Pillar Procedure and Soft Palate Coblation?

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man snoring loudlySnoring can cause annoying symptoms that could have serious consequences not only for the quality of your sleep, but also for your overall health.

 

If you and your partner are tired of your snoring keeping you both from getting a restful night’s sleep, you may be interested in a minimally invasive procedure that can give you the sleep you deserve.

 

In this blog, the specialists at the Atlanta Snoring Institute will explain the difference between the pillar procedure and soft palate coblation, two procedures that are commonly used to treat snoring.

 

What is the pillar procedure?

The pillar procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that is very effective in reducing the intensity and loudness of snoring caused by soft palate vibrations, as well as mild to moderate sleep apnea. It stiffens the soft palate, which makes it less likely to vibrate and cause snoring. It also helps keep the tissue from collapsing and obstructing the upper airway, which can cause sleep apnea.

 

The procedure is performed by inserting small, woven implants into the soft palate under local anesthesia in the office. It usually takes less than 20 minutes, and most patients can resume all their normal activities, including eating, the same day.

 

What is soft palate coblation?

Coblation also treats the intensity and loudness of snoring that’s caused by soft palate vibrations and mild to moderate sleep apnea. It’s an advanced technology that uses gentle radiation frequency energy to quickly and safely dissolves the targeted tissue in the soft palate. In the next several weeks after the procedure, the soft palate will stiffen and shrink, which reduces the sound of snoring.

 

The procedure leaves nearby tissue unharmed and intact, and because it utilizes low temperatures, there’s very little discomfort.

 

What are the benefits of the pillar procedure and soft palate coblation?

The benefits of the pillar procedure include:

  • Highly effective results with very little discomfort
  • Performed in a single office visit
  • Minimally invasive procedure that requires only local anesthetic
  • No removal or destruction of tissue
  • Fast and easy recovery, with most patients resuming their normal diet and activities the same day

Benefits of the soft palate coblation include:

  • Highly effective results with limited discomfort
  • Performed in a single office visit
  • Minimally invasive procedure that requires only local anesthetic
  • Fast and easy recovery, with most patients resuming their normal diet and activities the same day

 

What is the difference between the pillar procedure and soft palate coblation?

The two procedures offer many of the same benefits, but they achieve results in different ways. With the pillar procedure, five tiny implants are placed into the soft palate. There are no implants used in soft palate coblation. Instead, tissue is dissolved and continues to shrink over time.  Since there are no implants, some patients have had recurrence of symptoms over time.

 

Where can I find the best minimally invasive treatment for snoring in Atlanta?

Atlanta Snoring Institute is dedicated to the treatment of snoring and related conditions. Our physicians are among the area’s top board-certified otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat specialists) with a special interest in the management and treatment of snoring, sleep apnea, and other related conditions.

 

We’re dedicated to improving your health and have the experience and expertise to conduct the examination and diagnostic testing required to correctly diagnose the cause of your snoring.

 

After an accurate diagnosis of the cause, we’ll offer an appropriate medical, minimally invasive, or surgical treatment to alleviate your snoring and effectively manage your condition. Our doctors will work with you to fully explain your options and assist you in choosing the most appropriate one for you.

 

Schedule a consultation today to take the first step toward relief from snoring and sleep apnea!

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