Sleep Apnea Procedures

Anybody can lease a storefront and open a business, but that doesn’t mean they’re qualified to sell a particular product or service. When it comes to treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, you’ll want to put your trust in a medically based practice, where physicians have received specialized training in the management of sleep disorders. Masdon ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery offers a variety of procedures for permanent relief from snoring and sleep apnea – differences that set us aside from the competition.

Here are 6 reasons to choose our practice.

1. Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA).

This minimally invasive procedure uses radio waves to generate electrical currents that heat and shrink the tissue of the tongue base. This procedure can be performed in the office or the hospital operating room. Usually 4-6 treatments are needed for long term success.

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2. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UP3).

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UP3 (also known as UPPP) is a procedure that removes tissue in the throat in order to widen the airway, reducing snoring and making it easier to breathe. Tissues removed include the uvula, a portion of the soft palate, and other excess throat tissue such as the tonsils and adenoids. UP3 is the most common surgical procedure for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

3. AIRvance Tongue Suspension/Hyoid Suspension. airvance-tongue-susp

This pair of procedures uses a small implant, titanium screws, and sutures to keep the tongue from falling into the airway during sleep, a primary cause of obstructive sleep apnea. Sutures and screws are implanted on the lower inside portion of the chin and extended from this point to hold the tongue in place, or move the hyoid bone slightly forward, enlarging the airway. Some patients require both procedures for maximum effectiveness.

4. Septoplasty.

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This surgery to straighten and repair a deviated septum relies on incisions to separate the nasal mucosa from the underlying cartilage and bone. The bent cartilage is then trimmed or straightened and the mucosa is replaced. This is an effective treatment for those who suffer from snoring or sleep apnea caused by obstructed airflow associated with a crooked septum, the wall separating the nasal passages.

5. Inferior Turbinate Reduction.

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This procedure reduces the size of the inferior turbinates, nasal structures that humidify and filter the air entering the nose. When they swell too large, they may obstruct breathing and lead to snoring. There are several different procedures for removing the turbinates, including submucous resection surgery and radiofrequency.

6. Pillar Implants.

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The Pillar Procedure is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that utilizes tiny polyester implants to stiffen the soft palate. These stimulate the body to produce tissue growth that anchors and connects the implants, adding structural support to the palate, which in turn reduces tissue vibration and obstruction. It’s a simple, twenty-minute procedure that is completed in a single office visit, with minimal discomfort. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities the same day; complications are reported in less than 1% of patients.