Stop Snoring Today!
For many, snoring is caused by the vibration of tissue in the
back of the mouth and the throat. During sleep, this tissue stretches and
droops, thus reducing the size of the airway and obstructing breathing.
Researchers that found they could diminish this vibration and obstruction by
increasing the rigidity of the soft palate (roof of the mouth). The procedure
developed, called the Pillar Procedure, is performed by Dr. Anthony J Rega .
in the office, the Pillar Procedure involves implanting three small, woven
inserts into the soft palate. These implants stiffen and support the soft palate
and keep it from drooping during sleep. No drooping means no vibration, and no
vibration means drastically reduced snoring or no snoring at all.
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The implants are approximately 3/4" long and
are made of a polyester-type material that has been used safely in sutures and
implants for over 50 years. The implants are designed to be invisible and don't
interfere with speaking or swallowing.
Most patients notice a significant improvement in their
sleep in four to six weeks.
Pillar Procedure is a simple, effective treatment for sleep apnea and
The Pillar Procedure is:
- Less invasive and less painful than other surgical
- Completed in a single, short office visit
- FDA-cleared and clinically proven, with results
comparable to more aggressive surgical procedures
Most patients soon report a drastic reduction in snoring. In
clinical studies, almost 80% of
sleep apnea was reduced. Patients also experienced less daytime sleepiness.
The Pillar Procedure addresses one of the anatomical
components of sleep apnea and snoring: the
During the Pillar Procedure, Dr. Rega places 3-5 tiny woven
implants (see picture above) in the soft palate to help reduce the vibration
that causes snoring and the ability of the soft palate to obstruct the airway.
Once in place, the implants add structural support to the soft palate and, over
time, the body's natural tissue response to the inserts increases the structural
integrity of the soft palate.
Pillar implants are made of material safely used in
implantable medical devices and sutures for over 50 years. They are designed to
be invisible, and should not be felt or interfere with swallowing or speech.
Most patients resume normal diet and activities the same day.
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STOP SNORING TODAY!!!
What Causes Snoring?
The noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an obstruction
to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose.
This area is the collapsible part of the airway where the tongue and upper
throat meet the soft palate and uvula. Snoring occurs when these structures
strike each other and vibrate during breathing.
Forty-five percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally, and 25 percent
are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and those who
are overweight, and it usually grows worse with age.
Snoring is often worse when a person sleeps on his back. Some devices reposition
the lower jaw forward; some open nasal air passages; a few others have been
designed to condition a person not to snore by producing unpleasant stimuli when
Is Snoring Serious?
both socially and medically. Snoring can cause embarrassment and disrupt the
sleep of loved ones, many of whom choose to sleep separately from their partner.
This can cause immense strain on a relationship. But snoring is also a medical
issue, because it disturbs sleeping patterns and deprives the snorer of
appropriate rest. When snoring is severe, it can cause serious, long-term health
problems, including obstructive
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
When loud snoring is interrupted by episodes of obstructed
breathing, it is known as obstructive sleep apnea. Serious episodes last more
than ten seconds each and occur more than seven times per hour. Apnea patients
may experience more than 100 such events per hour. These episodes can reduce
blood oxygen levels, causing the heart to pump harder.
The immediate effect of sleep apnea is that the snorer must sleep lightly and
keep his muscles tense in order to maintain airflow to the lungs. Because the
snorer does not get a good rest, he may be sleepy during the day, which can
impair job performance and make him a hazardous driver or equipment operator.
After many years with this disorder, elevated blood pressure and heart
enlargement may occur.
People Who Snore May Suffer From:
- Poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat. When muscles
are too relaxed, either from alcohol or drugs that cause sleepiness, the
tongue falls backwards into the airway or the throat muscles draw in from
the sides into the airway. This can also happen during deep sleep.
- Excessive bulkiness of throat tissue. Children with large
tonsils and adenoids often snore. Overweight people have bulky neck tissue,
too. Cysts or tumors can also cause bulk, but they are rare.
- Long soft palate and/or uvula. A long palate narrows the
opening from the nose into the throat. As it dangles, it acts as a noisy
flutter valve during relaxed breathing. A long uvula makes matters even
- Obstructed nasal airways. A stuffy or blocked nose
requires extra effort to pull air through it. This creates an exaggerated
vacuum in the throat, and pulls together the floppy tissues of the throat,
and snoring results. So, snoring often occurs only during the hay fever
season or with a cold or sinus infection.
- Deformities of the nose or nasal septum, such as a
deviated septum (a deformity of the wall that separates one nostril from the
other) can cause such an obstruction.
Can Heavy Snoring be Cured?
Heavy snorers, those who snore in any position or are
disruptive to the family, should seek medical advice to ensure that sleep apnea
is not a problem. Dr. Rega will provide a thorough examination of the nose,
mouth, throat, palate, and neck. A sleep study (either in a laboratory
environment or at home) may be necessary to determine how serious the snoring is
and to determine if the patient has sleep apnea.
Self-Help for the Light Snorer
Adults who suffer from mild or occasional snoring should try
the following self-help remedies:
- Adopt a healthy and athletic lifestyle to develop good
muscle tone and lose weight.
- Avoid tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and antihistamines
- Avoid alcohol for at least four hours and heavy meals or
snacks for three hours before retiring.
- Establish regular sleeping patterns
- Sleep on your side rather than your back.
- Tilt the head of your bed upwards four inches