Snoring is estimated to occur in 30% of adults. While frequently benign and of no medical consequence snoring may indicate a partial obstruction during breathing during sleep. In some cases the sound of the soft but in others it can be while and very unpleasant.

The snoring sound is result of vibration of the palate and uvula due to air turbulence in the back the throat. Currently and even historically there have been many devices and procedures developed to control the unpleasant noise and social impairment of lifestyle for the individual and bed partner.

For those individuals experiencing snoring without sleep apnea there is a device and a procedure that are relatively successful.

Oral Appliance

An oral appliance (mandibular advancement splints) can be custom fit in the office. The device fits onto the upper and lower dental arch and is worn at sleep time. This appliance stabilizes the lower jaw preventing downward movement of the jaw and backward movement of the tongue. This keeps the tongue falling back into the airway which obstructs breathing. For snoring that is associated with mild obstructive sleep apnea the device is frequently covered by medical insurance.

The Pillar Procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for snoring. This is usually performed in the office under local anesthesia. During this procedure 3 to 4 Dacron implants are placed into the palate. These pillar implants result in stiffening of the palate decreasing the vibration and reducing the snoring. Studies have indicated that 80% of patients and their bed partners are pleased with the results.

Pillar Procedure
Delivery Device
Pillar Procdure and Delivery Device

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