Medical Services – Medical Diseases & Conditions

Pillar Procedure (Snoring Treatment)

Do you suffer from disruptive snoring? Are you tired of ineffective remedies? Yanhee offers the Pillar Procedure, a minimally invasive treatment that can help reduce snoring and improve your quality of sleep.

Overview

Are you or your loved ones losing sleep due to your snoring? Isn’t it time to put an end to the constant frustration? Yanhee’s Pillar procedure offers a solution to snoring, providing relief from sleepless nights.

Snoring isn’t just an annoyance; it can also be a serious issue. It may be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition that requires medical attention. Sleep apnea causes breathing interruptions during sleep, leading to frequent awakenings to restart breathing.

Normal snoring, on the other hand, doesn’t disrupt sleep like sleep apnea does. If you experience excessive daytime fatigue and drowsiness, your snoring may indicate a more serious problem than simple snoring.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are two types of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the more prevalent type that happens when throat muscles relax
  2. Central Sleep Apnea, which happens when your brain doesn’t send the correct impulses to the muscles that deal with breathing.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apneas include:

  • Too much sleepiness during the day.
  • Loud snoring that is generally more prominent in obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Periods of breathing cessation while sleeping observed by somebody else.
  • Sudden awakenings combined with shortness of breath, which likely suggests central sleep apnea.
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat.
  • Morning headache
  • Insomnia (difficulty staying asleep)
  • Attention problems

Causes & Complications

Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) takes place every time the muscles in the back of your throat relax. These muscles provide support to the soft palate, the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula), the tonsils, the side walls of the throat, and the tongue.

When these muscles relax, your airway narrows or shuts down while you inhale, so you can’t get a sufficient breath in.

This causes the level of oxygen in your blood to decrease. Your brain detects the decrease of oxygen level in your blood and briefly rouses you from sleep to help you reopen your airway.

This awakening normally happens in a very short period of time that you don’t remember it.

You will make a snorting, choking or gasping sound. This pattern repeats itself five to thirty times or more every hour throughout the night.

These breathing interruptions hinder your ability to achieve the ideal deep, restful stages of sleep, and you will feel sleepy during the day.

Those with obstructive sleep apnea are usually not aware that their sleep was disrupted. After all most individuals with this type of sleep apnea think they sleep well at night.

Sleep Apnea Snoring Treatment

Causes of Central Sleep Apnea

Central sleep apnea, which is a lot less common, happens when your brain fails to send out-out signals to your breathing muscles.

You may awaken with shortness of breath or have a tough time going to sleep or staying asleep. Similar to obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, and daytime sleepiness can happen.

The most common cause of central sleep apnea is heart failure, and less commonly, a stroke. Individuals with central sleep apnea are often able to remember awakening compared to individuals with central sleep apnea.

Complications

Sleep apnea is regarded as a serious medical problem and if left untreated, complications may arise and include:

  • High blood pressure or heart problems.
  • Daytime fatigue.
  • Complications with medications and surgery
  • Liver problems
  • Sleep-deprived partners

Key Benefits of the Pillar Procedure

  1. Effectiveness: The Pillar Procedure has been shown to be effective in reducing snoring and improving sleep quality for many patients.

  2. Minimal Invasiveness: One of the key benefits of the Pillar Procedure is that it is minimally invasive, typically performed in a doctor’s office using local anesthesia.

  3. Quick Recovery: Patients undergoing the Pillar Procedure usually experience minimal discomfort and can resume normal activities shortly after the procedure.

  4. Long-lasting Results: Many patients experience long-lasting results from the Pillar Procedure, with improvements in snoring and sleep quality lasting for years.

  5. Suitability: The Pillar Procedure may be suitable for patients who have not responded to other treatments for snoring, such as lifestyle changes or CPAP therapy.

  6. Safety: The Pillar Procedure is considered safe, with a low risk of complications. However, as with any medical procedure, there are risks involved, and it’s important to discuss these with your healthcare provider.

Pillar Procedure

Please refer to an educational 3D animation with an easy, visual demonstration of the reasons behind snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. The animation below makes it clear to understand how the positioning of three little implants helps fix the palatal vibration and collapse which causes snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

This procedure works on the most common source of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea – the soft palate. At some point in the procedure, three little woven implants are positioned in the soft palate.

With time the implants, along with the body’s fibrotic response, contribute structural support that strengthens the soft palate. The strengthening of the soft palate reduces the tissue vibration that can cause snoring and palatal tissue collapse that blocks the upper airway and cause obstructive sleep apnea.

You can’t see or feel the implants, nor will they interrupt with swallowing or talking. Most patients resume routine diet and activities the same day of the procedure.

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please email or contact us now.

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