What Causes Snoring?

Snoring is a noise made by the vibration of tissue in your upper airway, which includes your mouth, nose and the back of your throat.

Try this: Tilt your head back, open your mouth and pretend that you’re gargling. Feel that flutter at the back of your throat? That’s your soft palate, which is believed to be a significant contributor for the more than 80% of people who can’t stop snoring.1

Snoring Problems

One in four people have a problem with chronic snoring2 and can’t stop snoring on their own. If you live with one of them, you know their problem can be your problem too. Eventually, lack of sleep can cause the snorer or bed partner to sleep in a different room. Losing sleep is more than just a frustrating inconvenience.

Getting enough sleep each night is crucial to our health and well-being. On average, the bed partner of a snorer loses at least an hour of sleep per night3, and that takes its toll on a healthy lifestyle. Sleep deprivation can compromise the immune system and lead to low energy, decreased productivity and muddled thinking. Chronic snoring can even be a sign of a more serious health problem, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Are you or your bed partner experiencing:

  • The need to sleep in separate rooms?
  • Strained relationships and reduced intimacy?
  • Daytime sleepiness and decreased productivity?
  • Diminished mental and emotional health?
  • Slower reaction time, increasing the risk of accidents?
  • Weight gain?

Help with snoring

THE PILLAR® PROCEDURE IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD BETTER SLEEP. The soft palate is almost always involved in chronic snoring. Ask your doctor to examine all parts of your upper airway to see if your soft palate is contributing to your snoring. If it is, the Pillar Procedure may be an effective treatment option for you.


The Pillar Procedure is the first and only FDA-cleared implant system to treat the soft palate component of snoring and mild to moderate OSA – designed to help patients sleep better, feel better and live better.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder characterized by interruptions and cessations in breathing during sleep, which can occur up to hundreds of times a night. Breathing may even stop for a minute or longer. The Journal of the American Medical Association, estimated that one in five adults in the United States suffers from mild obstructive sleep apnea. One in 15 adults in the United States suffers from moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.


Untreated, sleep apnea poses serious health risks

Interrupted sleep and daytime fatigue are the most common side effects, but sleep apnea can also contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, memory impairment, impotence and stroke.

Consider these statistics:


  • Almost half of all people with sleep apnea develop high blood pressure (hypertension), which raises the risk of heart failure and stroke. 1
  • The partner of a sleep apnea sufferer loses about an hour
    of sleep every night due to his or her partner’s snoring. 3
  • People suffering from sleep apnea are up to six times more
    likely to be involved in a car crash as a result of drowsiness
    than those without sleep disorders. 2
  • Sleep deprivation has been shown to alter hormones and metabolism involved in weight gain. 4

Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

The most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). The patient sleeps wearing a tight-fitting mask that uses air under pressure to keep the patient’s airway open.


There are also surgical procedures that remove or alter tissue at the back of the throat. These procedures are invasive and often painful options that can require weeks of recovery time and pain management medications.


  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) A surgeon uses a scalpel to remove soft tissue on the back of the throat, and the soft palate is partially removed. The surgeon may also remove the tonsils and other excess tissue if it is present. This is done while the patient is under general anesthesia.


  • Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) A surgeon uses a laser to cut away the uvula, the tissue that hangs from the middle of the back of the roof of the mouth. The patient may be under local or general anesthesia.

Now snorers have another option

Obstructive sleep apnea can be a complex condition. The Pillar Procedure can be an effective first step in your journey to a better night’s sleep.


Using local anesthetic, a physician uses a specially designed delivery tool to place up to five tiny inserts into the soft palate to stiffen and support the palate. The procedure takes one brief visit to the physician’s office and can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or used in combination with other treatments and lifestyle changes to address multi-level upper airway obstruction. More than 45,000 people worldwide have been treated with the Pillar Procedure.

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