In-Office Procedures for Sleep Apnea or Snoring
We offer many proven treatments for problematic snoring and sleep apnea that can be done right here in our office. Please meet with Dr. Kay and find out which procedure(s) may be right for you.
- Soft Palate Coblation is a procedure that can be performed in our office with only a local anesthetic to treat snoring or certain mild cases of sleep apnea. By inserting a needle-like device in the soft palate, Dr. Kay will reduce the overall size and thickness of the soft palate. When healed, the palate will be less prone to vibration, reducing one’s chances of snoring.
- Medtronic Pillar Procedure is a relatively painless in-office procedure also used to relieve snoring or mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Kay will place three tiny woven implants into the soft palate while her patient is under local anesthesia. This procedure only takes about 20 minutes to complete. Over time, the implants, together with the body’s natural fibrotic response, will add structural support to stiffen the tissue and reduce the vibration that leads to snoring.
- Dental Splints can treat mild to moderate sleep apnea by fitting the patient with a device (similar to an orthodontic retainer) worn in the mouth while sleeping. The stint tightens the soft tissue in the airway to prevent obstruction of the airway during sleep. By tightening the tissue, the dental splint prevents vibrations that cause a person’s snoring.
- Provent Therapy is a painless and non-invasive treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. The Provent Nasal Device utilizes a valve design that attaches over the nostrils with hypoallergenic adhesive. The valve opens and closes as necessary, redirecting the air through small holes to create resistance when breathing out, while allowing the patient to breathe in freely. This increases and maintains pressure in the airway, helping to keep the airway open until the start of the next inhalation.