How Does the Pillar Procedure Help Stop Snoring?
This illustration shows placement of the implants: 1. Hard palate, 2. Soft palate,
Three tiny implants add structural support to the soft palate, to eliminate the airflow obstruction that causes OSA.
The Pillar® Procedure stiffens the soft palate to reduce tissue vibrations thought to cause snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A specially trained ENT doctor or oral maxillofacial surgeon places 3 tiny implants into your soft palate, using a special delivery tool. Over time, the implants work with the body's natural response, which causes tissue around the implants to anchor, encapsulate, and connect them — adding structural support to stiffen the soft palate. This structural support and stiffening help reduce the tissue vibration that can cause snoring. They also help decrease the palatal tissue collapse that can obstruct the upper airway and cause or contribute to sleep apnea.