The Pillar Procedure as a CPAP Alternative
Sleep Apnea is a serious condition that causes pauses in breathing, or periods of shallow breathing during sleep. These breathing interruptions are usually followed by loud snoring and can vary in length and number of times it happens per night.
While this may seem like a simple sleep disruption, sleep apnea is considered a serious condition. Unfortunately, sleep apnea does not only result in poor sleep and fatigue, these small lapses without proper oxygen can lead to a number of health conditions including.
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Worsening ADHD symptoms
- Extreme fatigue
- Heart attack
- Changes in heart rate
Sleep apnea can also cause poor performance at work, vehicle accidents, and lack of concentration due to the daytime fatigue.
One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. This is a device that is worn over the mouth and nose that provides a continuous flow of air throughout the night.
While a CPAP is a good solution for sleep apnea, patients occasionally have problems using it and will sometimes stop using them, or only use them sporadically.
The Pillar Procedure
The Pillar Procedure can be done in the office and helps to stiffen the soft palate by inserting tiny mesh implants into the roof of your mouth. The procedure is done with a local anesthetic and is considered minimally invasive.
The Pillar procedure is used to help:
- Improve or eliminate snoring
- Relieve symptoms of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea
What is involved in the Pillar procedure?
During the procedure, your doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb the roof of your mouth and then insert small implants into the soft palate. This is typically completed in 30 minutes.
How does the Pillar procedure help?
In mild to moderate sleep apnea, the soft palate tends to collapse, which narrows the air passage, causing your breathing and sleep to become interrupted. By helping to stiffen the soft palate, you will not experience this and will have a more free flow of air through your mouth.
What are the advantages of the Pillar procedure as a CPAP alternative?
- No downtime after the procedure
- It’s minimally invasive
- No cutting or stitches
- Can be performed in office
- It’s an effective CPAP alternative
- Results are long lasting
- It’s shown to reduce sleep apnea and snoring
If you suffer from sleep apnea and are looking for a CPAP alternative, the doctors at ENT Centers of Excellence can help. Book your consultation today to get yourself on the road to better sleep and better overall health.