In cases where the palate contributes to snoring and sleep apnea, a wide-range of treatment options are available. Simple, minimally-invasive, office-based treatments include RadioFrequency Ablation (RFA) of the palate, uvula, and/or tongue base. Another minimally-invasive treatment option for many patients with palatal contributions to their symptoms is the Pillar Procedure, discussed in detail on other sections of this site.
Other, more traditional palate treatments for sleep apnea, such as the “Uvulapalatopharyngoplasty” or “UPPP,” are typically associated with uninspiring success rates and significant levels of post-operative pain, as well as lengthy patient recovery times. UPPP is also associated with some significant complications including respiratory complications, pneumonia, cardiovascular complications, hemorrhage, and death. For these reasons, many patients choose less-invasive interventions to manage their snoring and sleep apnea. On occasion, these more invasive procedures may be indicated but typically they are not chosen as a first-line treatment.
Radiofrequency Ablation of the Soft Palate