Sleep Apnea Pillar Procedure (Pillar Implants) in Foley & Daphne, AL
What is the Pillar Procedure?
The Pillar Procedure is a minimally invasive snoring and sleep apnea procedure designed to improve symptoms of chronic snoring and treat some cases of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a serious sleep disorder in which breathing is interrupted repeatedly during sleep. It involves the insertion of small woven implants into the soft palate in order to stiffen the skin to prevent airway obstruction and reduce vibrations that cause loud snoring. At ENT Centers of Excellence in Foley & Daphne, AL, the pillar procedure is an in-office procedure that is performed in one visit and involves no downtime, resulting in an effective and long-term solution for snoring and sleep apnea.
Why is the Pillar Procedure performed (or not)?
One primary cause of both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea results from the relaxation of muscles and tissues at the back of your throat. The soft palate is one structure in particular that can lead to snoring and airway obstruction.
The Pillar Procedure:
- May help to relieve and lessen snoring
- May help to relieve symptoms of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- Is not recommended for severe obstructive sleep apnea
- Is not recommended for patients who are significantly overweight or obese
What does the Pillar Procedure involve?
The Pillar Procedure is a safe, effective, and long-term treatment that works by stiffening the soft palate, which is believed to be a significant contributor to snoring. The Pillar Procedure can be performed in less than 30 minutes, using only local anesthesia, so you can quickly be on your way to better sleep.
During the minimally invasive procedure, our Pillar Procedure doctor Dr. Keith Kowal will first apply local anesthesia to the roof of your mouth so that you don’t feel any discomfort. Using a specialized device, Dr. Kowal will then insert the small Pillar implants into your soft palate. Each woven polyester implant is less than an inch long and very thin in diameter. In the weeks and months that follow, the implants will add to the structural support of the soft palate, stiffening it and making it less likely that this tissue causes loud snoring and sleep apnea.
What are the advantages of the Pillar Procedure?
The Pillar Procedure offers a number of advantages, including:
- Minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in-office
- Effective CPAP alternative for snoring and sleep apnea
- No cutting involved
- No downtime after the procedure
- Long-lasting results
- Clinically shown to reduce snoring intensity and reduce the severity of sleep apnea
Dr. Keith Kowal, a highly experienced ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist in Foley & Daphne, Alabama, specializes in providing the latest, minimally invasive treatments for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, including the highly effective Pillar Procedure. If you have OSA symptoms or chronic snoring and want to do something about it, you can trust Dr. Kowal and his 30 years of experience. His goal is to help his patients breathe better and sleep better to live better! A consultation with Dr. Kowal is the first step to a good night’s sleep and a healthier lifestyle for you and your bed partner. To find out whether you’re a candidate for the Pillar Procedure, call 251.943.1117 today to schedule an appointment or simply fill out the form on this page.