Technical advances in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea

Technical advances in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea

Many of us sleep alone because we snore. But we may no longer have to. In recent years there have been dramatic improvements in treatment and medical understanding of the complex issues of snoring and sleep apnea.

Just a few years ago, there were only unattractive options for patients suffering from these diseases. The most common solutions varied from those who were difficult to match, such as a continuous positive airway pressure mask (CPAP), to the aggressive and risky ones, such as removal of palatal tissue with surgery (UPPP), which promises a permanent altered anatomy and a low to average efficiency. Furthermore, many solutions ignore the effect on the patient's lifestyle and relationships. For example, CPAP masks are embarrassing to wear and deter intimacy. In the end, solutions like these treat only some of the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea and replace one another's problem.

While the problems with snoring and sleep apnea are complex, there is now technology that supports a minimally invasive way of achieving effective results. These solutions, which work to relieve snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea, are low risks, almost painless and designed to be permanent. They do not require that the patient actively follow the treatment, such as a mask or a nasal band. Furthermore, overwhelming evidence indicates that most patients have more than one factor contributing to their snoring or sleep apnea problems. As a result, the studies show, and my experience shows that these minimally invasive solutions, when used correctly and in combination, are even more effective than when used alone.

An area of ??anatomy that almost universally contributes to the patient's snoring and sleep apnea is soft tissue on the mouth, called soft palate.

A significant technical advancement has been developed by devices that reinforce the palate, such as the pillar procedure (R). In the same way as the boats reinforce a sail, Pilar Procedure




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