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Sleep Apnea - Pillar Procedure offers Surgical Approach to treat Sleep Disorder

April 25th, 2006

Sleep Apnea - Pillar Procedure offers Surgical Approach to treat Sleep Disorder

Restore Medical's Pillar Procedure

People affected with sleep apnea may consider the pillar procedure to prevent the obstructive breathing problem when sleeping.  Currently the common treatment is the use of a CPAP machine that continually blows air into the person while they sleep.

The CPAP machine is not always tolerated by every person and the pillar procedure may offer another approach to treating an obstructive breathing sleep disorder.  If a person has a blockage caused by the soft palate tissue in the mouth they may be able to get the pillar procedure.  The pillar procedure by Restore Medical consists of three tiny inserts that go into the soft palate.


Once the pillar procedure is completed the person shouldn’t have difficulty with speaking and is not noticeable to them.  It offers support to the upper palate when they sleep at night preventing blockages.  If a person snores, there is a higher probability that the pillar procedure would work for them.  It might not work for everyone due to other problems such as tongue size and tonsils.


The pillar procedure is easily reversible by removing the implants.  The FDA has approved the pillar procedure for the treatment of both snoring and also sleep apnea.

The use of a CPAP machine is still widely used treatment for sleep apnea, and the pillar procedure may not be able to treat every person with sleep apnea.  A person with sleep apnea would have to consult with a doctor to find out which treatment is best for them.  Unfortunately there is a division with specialist treating sleep apnea.  The ENT is knowledgeable about the pillar procedure, while the Pulmonologist is versed with the CPAP equipment.

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