By increasing stiffness of the soft palate, the Pillar Procedure addresses snoring and many cases of sleep apnea. The procedure corrects the structural issues that cause the soft palate to vibrate or block the airway while the patient sleeps.
To stop these vibrations, the procedure introduces three woven implants of less than two centimeters in length. Once placed in the soft palate, these structures restrict the abnormal motion of the soft palate and help to keep the airway open, while reducing the incidence of snoring sounds.
The procedure is available in-office and requires only local anesthetic. Most patients return to normal activity levels the day of the procedure, and many begin to see symptom improvement within weeks. In general, patients notice relief before three months have passed.