Base of Tongue Reduction

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Base of Tongue Reduction

Radio frequency (RF) base of tongue reduction is a procedure performed to treat obstructive sleep apnea. When an enlarged or high arched tongue base is contributing to airway obstruction, this procedure may help eradicate this situation.

 

How does RF base of tongue reduction work?

The procedure involves inserting a narrow, needle-like probe at the base of the tongue, through which radio frequency energy is applied in order to create an area of vaporization of these tissues and subsequent scar formation. This scar formation causes contraction and shrinkage of the base of tongue over a period of two months following the procedure. It does not interfere with normal functioning of the tongue and complications are rare.

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What are the advantages of RF base of tongue reduction?

  • Quick and simple in-office procedure that takes approximately 10 minutes
  • Done using only local anesthetic
  • Fast and easy recovery
  • Most patients can resume normal diet and activity the same day

 

Take the first step towards a better night’s sleep and a healthier lifestyle for you and your bed partner. Contact an Atlanta tongue reduction doctor to schedule an expert consultation.

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