The Pillar Procedure is a minimally invasive, in-office surgery designed to treat disruptive snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. This potentially serious disorder causes repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep and can lead to a long list of issues, including daytime sleepiness and an increased risk of chronic health concerns such as depression, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
What is the Pillar Procedure?
The Pillar Procedure is an effective treatment designed to help you stop snoring. It can also help with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
In over 80% of cases of snoring or sleep apnea, soft palate issues cause or contribute to these problems. The Pillar Procedure helps address this by stiffening the soft palate, which helps reduce the vibrations that cause snoring and keeps soft palate tissue from obstructing the airways, which can cause and worsen sleep apnea. It has long-lasting results and can be performed in about 20 minutes, using only local anesthesia.
What is involved with the Pillar Procedure?
During the Pillar Procedure, three tiny implants are placed into the soft palate using a small delivery tool and without the need for incisions or stitches.
The implants are made of a material that’s been safely used for years in medical implant devices, and they can’t be seen or felt.
Over the next few weeks and months, natural tissue forms over the implants to further stiffen and add structural support to the soft palate. This helps reduce the tissue vibrations that can cause snoring and the collapse of palate tissue that can obstruct the upper airway, causing obstructive sleep apnea.
Because tissue isn’t damaged or removed, discomfort is minimal. Most patients are able to resume their normal diet and activities the same day that they receive this snoring treatment.
Why is this procedure performed?
This Pillar Procedure is performed to treat:
- The intensity and loudness of snoring caused by soft palate vibrations
- Mild to moderate sleep apnea caused or worsened by soft palate tissue blocking the upper airway
What are the benefits of the procedure?
The benefits of the pillar procedure include the following:
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Very little discomfort
- Highly effective results
- Performed in a single office visit
- Local (not general) anesthetic used to minimize discomfort
- No tissue removed or destroyed
- Fast and easy recovery, with patients resuming their normal diets and activities the same day
- Long-lasting results that tend to improve over the course of a few weeks or months
- Significant decrease in the intensity of snoring within weeks for most patients
- Improvement of sleep apnea symptoms in the majority of patients
Who is a candidate for this procedure?
If you’ve tried many different forms of treatments to help you stop snoring but they haven’t yielded good results, then the Pillar Procedure may be right for you. It might be time to look into the procedure if your quality of life, health, and relationships are being harmed as a result of your snoring and sleep apnea.
Where can I get evaluated for the Pillar Procedure?
The Atlanta Snoring Institute is dedicated to the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. Our practice offers a full range of medical, minimally invasive, and surgical treatments, and our board-certified ear, nose, and throat doctors are dedicated to providing the best treatment options for each patient’s particular condition.
Only a qualified physician who’s been trained in the Pillar Procedure can determine if it’s right for you.
Fill out our schedule appointment form to book your evaluation today. We’ll work with you to find the best possible treatments that will help you find relief from snoring and sleep apnea.