Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes sufferers to stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times, during the night. It is a life-threatening condition that should not be ignored.
At Northwest ENT Surgery Center, we offer the most up-to-date obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatments. Adults with mild to severe OSA can successfully treated with a procedure commonly called tongue radiofrequency (submucosal radiofrequency tongue base ablation).
This minimally invasive procedure reduces and tightens the excess tissue in the upper airway that causes sleep apnea including the base of the tongue.
A surgical handpiece needle electrode is inserted into the base of the tongue, while the radiofrequency generator delivers energy beneath the surface tissue. It heats the tissue around the needle, creating a coagulative lesion beneath the surface. Over a three to six week period the treated tissue is reabsorbed, reducing volume and improving airway obstruction.
Surgery takes 30 to 45 minutes, and is usually performed under local anesthesia. You should experience little discomfort, and the surface tissue is protected from thermal damage.
You can return to normal activities the following day. Please be advised that more than one round of treatment may be necessary to achieve optimal results.
Call Northwest ENT Surgery Center at (678) 483-8833 to schedule your appointment today.