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Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Snoring - The Pillar Procedure
A simple, effective treatment for sleep apnea and snoring

In addition to interrupted sleep and daytime fatigue, sleep apnea can lead to major health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. In addition, disruptive snoring can contribute to conflict and stress for both sleep partners. Now there’s a simple, minimally invasive option for treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and disruptive snoring. The Pillar Procedure is:

  • Less invasive and less painful than other surgical procedures
  • Completed in a single, short office visit
  • FDA-cleared and clinically proven, with results comparable to more aggressive surgical procedures

Pillar Procedure VideoHow does the Pillar Procedure work?

The Pillar Procedure is done in the office with local anesthetic. Three small pieces of mesh are inserted into the soft roof of the mouth. Over a period of 3 months, muscle fibers from the soft palate grow into the implant creating a stiff spot in the palate. This decreases airway resistance, lessoning the volume and severity of snoring.

Clinical studies of patients with disruptive snoring but no sleep apnea showed a success rate of 80% with the Pillar Procedure. Patients with sleep apnea have lower but clinically significant success rates.

If you have been diagnosed with OSA, or are frustrated with CPAP treatment, ask your physician about the Pillar Procedure.

Not everyone is a candidate for this new treatment. Careful evaluation by experts in the treatment of sleep disorders, such as Dr. Lee and Dr. Jordan, should be performed prior to undergoing the procedure. The Pillar Procedure is not covered by insurance.

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