The soft palate in the back of the mouth can be the source of sound while you are sleeping. If you snore or have sleep apnea, your soft palate may be contributing to your sleep disorder. There are non-invasive procedures that can stiffen your soft palate to reduce snoring and symptoms of sleep apnea. One of the snoring and sleep apnea treatments we offer at Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT in Alpharetta, GA, is palate coblation.
What Is Palate Coblation?
Radiofrequency (RF) technology is used in many medical and cosmetic applications. When low-temperature RF energy is applied to tissue, it can make changes without harm. For palate coblation treatment, the RF energy is used to make small channels and changes in the tissue. This can trigger the formation of scar tissue, which can stiffen the soft palate.
Snoring occurs when the soft palate vibrates, making noise as you breathe while sleeping. If the soft palate is loose, it can also block the airway. By creating scar tissue and firming the soft palate, many patients who snore or have mild to moderate sleep apnea can get relief with this procedure. Most patients experience snoring less frequently and fewer episodes of sleep apnea after their palate coblation procedure.
Benefits of Palate Coblation
Many treatments for sleep apnea and snoring require daily use of devices to control the condition. With palate coblation procedures, you may get relief from your condition without needing to wear a mask or oral appliance. This procedure is non-invasive and can be performed at our office in Alpharetta, GA. It is not painful and requires little to no downtime after it is performed. Within six weeks you can begin experiencing the benefits of minimal snoring and reduced symptoms of sleep apnea as the scar tissue begins to stiffen the soft palate.
There is not a cure for sleep apnea or snoring, but it can be controlled. If you are a loud snorer or have mild sleep apnea, palate coblation may be a good option to control your symptoms. To learn more about palate coblation and treatments for snoring or sleep apnea, contact us at Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT. Call our office in Alpharetta, GA, to schedule a consultation.