Why Do Thousands Choose Pillar?

INCREASED ENERGY. GREATER INTIMACY. DECREASED EMBARRASSMENT AND NO MASK. These are just a few of the happy results we’ve heard Pillar® patients describe. What kind of results can you expect from The Pillar Procedure? Thousands of patients have experienced a significant reduction in snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea.

  • Patients experienced a significant decrease in snoring intensity.1,2
  • Bed partner satisfaction with snoring reduction after Pillar has been documented at 80% or higher.1,2
  • Approximately 80% of patients demonstrated a reduction in their apnea hypopnea index (AHI), and results were sustained at 1 year after Pillar.3
  • Patients experienced less daytime sleepiness and significant improvements in lifestyle after Pillar.4

Key Reasons to Choose Pillar

  • MINIMALLY INVASIVE. Pillar is done in one brief office visit, while other procedures may require multiple treatments or an operating room procedure.
  • MINIMAL DISCOMFORT. Pillar doesn’t involve surgical removal of tissue, or require lasers, radio-frequency energy or chemicals. Most patients resume normal activities the same day.
  • LASTING IMPROVEMENT. Some patients report a noticeable improvement in snoring within weeks, while others may take up to three months to realize the full benefit of Pillar, which is designed to have a lasting effect.

DOWNLOAD OUR COMPARISON CHART that outlines the differences between the Pillar Procedure and other snoring treatments.


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View a comparison chart that outlines Pillar Procedure versus other snoring treatments.



We’ve been very happy with how it’s worked out. It’s had a great effect on everything. And you know, I think this might be it. Wouldn’t that be cool?

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We’ve been very happy… (Pam Starkey)



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).


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.


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.


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  1. Maurer JT, Verse T, Stuck BA, Hörmann K, Hein G. Palatal implants for primary snoring: short-term results of a new minimally invasive surgical technique. Otolaryngology-HNS 2005 Jan; 132(1):125-31.
  2. Maurer JT, Verse T, Stuck BA, Hörmann K, Hein G. Long-term results of the Pillar Palatal Implant System for primary snoring. Otolaryngology-HNS 2005 Oct; 133(4):573-8.
  3. Goessler UR, Hein G. Verste T, Stuck BA, Hörmann K, Maurer JT. Soft palate implants as a minimally invasive treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Acta Otolaryngol. 2007 May; 127(5):527-31.
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