One fairly recent piece of technology that can help patients with snoring problem are pillar implants. Dr. Erika Mason of Sleep Better Virginia discusses pillar implants and how they work in this report.
Pillar implants are used to help stiffen the back of the throat to help with snoring. Pillar implants should not be confused with dental implants, which are used to replace teeth. The pillar implant helps to strengthen the soft palate and prevent the uvula from vibrating, causing a patient to snore.
The procedure involves placing five two-inch long pieces of plastic into the soft palate in the back of the throat. The pillars help to make the tissue taut and less likely to vibrate. Dr. Mason points out that the pillar implants are used in addition to the oral appliance specially created for a patient suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Dr. Mason explains that inserting the implants is a very short procedure, taking about ten minutes to perform. The palate is numbed before the procedure, so the patient doesn’t feel a thing. After the numbness wears off, a patient might feel a little pain treatable by ibuprofen or acetaminophen. The next day, the soreness should be gone. The procedure is usually very successful. Pillar implants are a very effective additional treatment for snoring problems.
For over 25 years, Erika Mason, D.D.S. of Sleep Better Virginia has built a highly successful dental practice, renowned for its innovative services, focused on the care and comfort of patients. Along with general dentistry, she offers a wide variety of progressive dental techniques; including treatment of sleep apnea and treatment of migraine headaches all with the aid of the most advanced technology in order to help her patients feel better, sleep better, and look better. She spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.