Sleep apnea interrupts sleep in a way that disturbs the rest of the individual to the detriment of their health and well-being. With 12 million Americans suffering from this condition, many have been longing for a better treatment. Recently the FDA approved an implant which helps those suffering from obstructive apnea sleep more comfortably.
First off lets define the problem. Obstructive sleep apnea is a result of airflow blockage due to a collapse of the soft tissue in the rear of the throat. As a result, people stop breathing hundreds of times each night leading to interrupted sleep. This condition can lead to heart disease and other health issues.
This procedure is known as a bridge implant, which is a procedure which stiffens the soft palate collapses and causes the airway obstruction involved in 4 out of 5 cases of sleep apnea. This may make CPAPs, the most commonly prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, a thing of the past. CPAPs are a form of treatment which requires the person to wear a mask while they sleep. As you can imagine, this form of treatment can be quite uncomfortable, and a majority of patients who try this treatment do not stick with it.
The pillar treatment has more success than the CPAP making it less obtrusive and more effective.
“The Pillar Procedure has achieved results comparable to those of more aggressive surgical procedures," Burlington, Ontario facial plastic surgeon Joseph A. Korkis, MD said. "Nearly 80% of patients participating in a clinical study saw a reduction in sleep apnea and daytime sleepiness. Most patients also report a noticeable, lasting reduction in snoring. This procedure is simple and is performed in one office visit. Patients who undergone the Pillar Procedure report minimal pain and experience far less recovery time than with more invasive procedures. In fact, most patients resume normal activities and diet the same day.”
What is great about the bridge implant is not only does it offer a non-invasive method to treat sleep apnea, but it also works more effectively. All it takes is a brief in-office procedure. You can usually return to normal life the same day, but you may experience mild discomfort and pain. It does not impact your basic functions of living such as swallowing, breathing, speaking, or eating.
If you want to see if the bridge implant is a good way to put an end to your suffering of sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with a professional as soon as possible to see if it is a good match for you.
To find more information on the pillar procedure, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more or ask a doctor your questions.