Stop Snoring with the Pillar Procedure in NYC!
POSTED ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 AT 10:54 AM by Dr. Mark Stein
Do you find yourself losing sleep trying to catch some Z’s next to a loved one who snores? You can nudge your partner in hopes that they’ll slightly wake and stop snoring long enough for you to fall asleep, but the real problem will still remain. While many of us like to poke fun at our loved ones falling asleep and snoring loudly in front of the television during a quick nap, many do not realize that snoring can actually lead to serious medical conditions.
While snoring seems harmless, it can actually be a sign of a more serious condition, sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when the soft palate tissue at the back of the throat relaxes too much during sleep. When the soft palate becomes too restful, it causes vibrations in the tissues that lead to a snoring sound. There are two different types of sleep apnea, Obstructive and Central.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Narrowing of the airway is very dangerous, and if serious enough, can eventually lead to obstructive sleep apnea. During obstructive sleep apnea, the soft palate can collapse into the throat, partially or totally blocking the airway. When this happens, breathing comes to a halt until you re-awake. Often times however, you will not even realize you are waking up repeatedly throughout the night due to obstruction of your airway. Since your brain and body are not receiving sufficient oxygen, if left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to significant health issues, such as fatigue, heart problems, hypertension, even stroke.
Central Sleep Apnea: Unlike obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea means breathing is disrupted regularly during sleep because the brain does not signal your body to breath. While central sleep apnea can affect anyone, it is more common in people who have certain medical conditions or who are on certain medications. In addition, central sleep apnea can occur alone, or in conjunction with obstructive sleep apnea.
At the New York Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of New York, our NY oral surgeon, Dr. Mark Stein, has helped patients breathe easy with the innovative pillar procedure. The Pillar Procedure can treat chronic snoring, as well as mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Performed in as little as twenty minutes, the Pillar Procedure is non-invasive and designed to provide long lasting relief.
During the Pillar Procedure in NYC, Dr. Stein will place three small implants inside your soft palate tissue. These implants add structural support to help stiffen the soft palate. Over time, your body will naturally form tissue around these implants, adding stability to the soft palate and preventing it from becoming too relaxed. The Pillar Procedure in NYC can be done using mild anesthesia and takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Enjoy a soundless sleep, and take control of your health with the Pillar Procedure! Dr. Stein and our staff at New York Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Center welcome any questions you may have about sleep apnea and the Pillar Procedure in NYC. You may contact our office at 212.888.4760, or you may request an appointment online for your personal consultation with Dr. Stein.
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