A Procedure to Stop Snoring

Pillar Procedure

Snoring is a problem that is centuries old, and throughout time people have been trying to find a cure for the condition.  Not only is the noise obnoxious and troublesome, but snoring can be a symptom of a very serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  This is a serious disorder in which the snorer’s breathing is interrupted repeatedly through the night, caused by the relaxation of the muscles in the back of the throat.  When these muscles relax, the soft palate vibrates, causing the snoring noise.  In addition, the back of the throat can collapse causing the OSA sufferer to stop breathing for brief periods of time.

Recent years has brought about the discovery of different methods of curing a snoring problem.  One that has been shown to work well is the Pillar Procedure, which is a minor procedure that can be done in your doctor’s office in about 20 minutes using a local anesthetic.  However, it should be noted that not every patient is ideally suited for the procedure, and there some minor risks.

The procedure involves surgically implanting several (three to five) polyester rods into the soft palate.  Each one measures 18 millimeters in length (just under an inch) and 1.5 millimeters in diameter.  They are placed parallel to each other in the soft palate.  The subsequent healing process and the body’s natural response to the implants stiffens the soft palate over a period of two to three months.  This reduces the relaxation of the tissues, thereby reducing or eliminating snoring.  The Pillar Procedure is used in the treatment of mild to moderate OSA as well as chronic snoring.

If you or someone you know has had this procedure, please let us know whether the treatment was successful and whether you would recommend it to others that suffer from OSA or a chronic snoring problem.