Radiofrequency Tongue Ablation for Sleep Apnea in Foley & Daphne, AL
What is radiofrequency tongue ablation?
Radiofrequency (RF) tongue ablation at ENT Centers of Excellence in Foley & Daphne, AL is a minimally invasive tongue reduction surgery for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic snoring. Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue base may be performed if the tongue is the primary cause of OSA and snoring symptoms. The purpose of the procedure is to reduce the size of the tongue base so that the airway is clearer and less likely to cause a blockage.
Why is radiofrequency tongue ablation performed?
Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue base is typically performed when an enlarged or high-arched tongue base is contributing to airway obstruction (obstructive sleep apnea) and snoring.
By shrinking the size of the tongue base, the procedure:
- Enlarges and stabilizes the airway
- Reduces tongue vibrations and snoring intensity
- Prevents airway obstruction and allows for better breathing during sleep
What does the radiofrequency tongue ablation treatment involve?
Before performing radiofrequency tongue ablation, Dr. Kowal will administer local anesthesia to the base of the tongue to ensure you feel no discomfort during the procedure. Next, a small specialized device that emits radiofrequency energy waves will be inserted in the mouth. It will be used to target the tissue at the base of the tongue. In the weeks and months that follow radiofrequency treatment, the targeted tissue of the tongue will shrink in size. As a result, snoring intensity is reduced and airway obstruction from the tongue is less likely to occur.
Tongue ablation does not interfere with normal functioning of the tongue and complications of radiofrequency ablation are rare.
What are the advantages of radiofrequency tongue ablation?
Tongue ablation offers a number of advantages, including:
- Minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in-office
- Effective CPAP alternative for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
- No cutting involved
- Done using only local anesthetic
- Fast and easy recovery
- Most patients can resume normal diet and activity the same day
Dr. Keith Kowal, a highly experienced ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist in Foley & Daphne, Alabama, is an expert in enhanced treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, including the minimally invasive radiofrequency tongue ablation (tongue reduction). 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 radiofrequency ablation for obstructive sleep apnea, call 251.943.1117 today to schedule an appointment or simply fill out the form on this page.