Patients with an elongated soft palate can have a characteristic palatal snore. This is a rhythmic sound while sleeping that can be disruptive to others. The soft palate is the region in the back of the throat that assists in swallowing by preventing food and liquids from entering the nasal passage. It directs food/liquid downward, preventing them from going up and out the nose.
In certain cases the structure may be elongated or noticeably redundant – vibrating aggressively while airflow moves past it during sleep – yielding a loud snore
The Pillar implant procedure is an office procedure performed under local anesthesia by inserting a number of implants into the soft palate. Over time these implants serve to stiffen the soft palate, resulting in a decreased snore.
There is little to no downtime after this procedure and most patients return to work the following day.
If you would like to learn more about the Pillar implant procedure, feel free to contact us for further assessment and treatment.