How it works
Radiofrequency energy is delivered to the back of the tongue using a non-invasive device
The treated tissue is gently heated
Treatment takes 2–5 minutes. As it heals, the tissue tightens & shrinks and as a result, the tongue is less likely to obstruct the airway during sleep.
- Performed in-office
- Fantastic success rates
- Minimal recovery time
- No general anesthesia
- Covered by United Health & Medicare
The Problem – Sleep Apnea & Chronic Snoring
Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts, often moving you from a deep sleep to a light sleep. As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Other potential complications include high blood pressure, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, liver problems, surgical/medication complications, not to mention it can be disruptive to your partner.
After evaluating your symptoms and an examination to rule out blockages, Dr. Austin will likely recommend a sleep study, which can be performed at a sleep center or in your own home. During this test your heart, blood oxygen level, airflow and breathing patterns will be measured to see if you have significant drops in oxygen while sleeping. You’ll then meet with Dr. Austin to discuss the results of the study and treatment options.
What is Somnoplasty?
Somnoplasty is a minimally invasive, fairly quick procedure performed in our office. We use radio frequency heat to reduce the thickness of the palette in the very back of the throat, thereby improving airflow and reducing snoring.
The local area is anesthetized and the relevant tissues are briefly heated, leading to the shrinkage of inner tissues. What makes the process so precise is that we’re able to closely limit the heat energy only to the desired area.
The process is usually quite painless and can take as little as a few minutes.
While often a permanent solution to sleep apnea, the benefits of somnoplasty can sometimes abate. Fortunately the procedure can be repeated if necessary to correct any regression.
If you continually suffer from chronic snoring or sleep apnea, ask Dr. Austin whether you may be a candidate for this procedure.
For more information on the benefits of somnoplasty, please request an appointment today.