What Should I Expect With the Pillar Procedure?

The Pillar Implants, which can help you stop snoring, are as small as a dime

This photo shows the implants in relation to a dime for comparison.

During the Procedure

The Pillar® Procedure can be done in approximately 20 minutes during 1 short visit to a physician’s office. You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the soft portion of the roof of your mouth (soft palate). Then the doctor will insert the implants. Each Pillar Procedure implant is approximately 0.7 inches (18 mm) and has an outer diameter of approximately 0.08 inches (2 mm).

After the Procedure

Once the anesthetic wears off, a small percentage of patients report feeling a minor “foreign body sensation” after the procedure. This sensation is temporary and should subside and go away within a few days after the procedure.

A great CPAP alternative, Pillar Implants are made from polyester

The Pillar implants are made of woven polyester fibers.

Some patients use an over-the-counter pain reliever after the Pillar Procedure, and most are able to resume normal activities and diet the same day. Some patients report a noticeable improvement within weeks, while others may take 8 to 12 weeks to realize the full benefit of the Pillar Procedure.

Are the Implants Safe?

Pillar implants are made of a polyester material that has been safely used in implantable medical devices for more than 50 years.


Watch a sleep apnea treatment patient video

View videos of patients talking about how easy the Pillar Procedure is and how it helped them stop snoring.