Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a medical condition that occurs when loud snoring is interrupted by obstructed breathing. In serious cases, the obstructed breathing may stop of more than ten seconds and it can occur several times in an hour. Think about it, if you suffer from sleep apnea, not only is your body losing access to oxygen for extended periods of time, it is happening with an alarming frequency. Physicians at The Snoring Center’s Austin offices treat patients suffering from sleep apnea through a variety of minimally invasive, office-based procedures. The most common procedure associated with sleep apnea is The Pillar® Procedure.
The Pillar® Procedure is an alternative to the preferred treatment for sleep apnea which is Constant Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP. The problem with CPAP, however, is that an inordinate number of CPAP patients simply can’t sleep and wear a mask all through the night. The CPAP machine becomes a hindrance rather than a conduit to restorative sleep. The CPAP is simply not a viable solution for many sleep apnea sufferers.
This, in part, explains the popularity of The Pillar® Procedure. The Pillar® Procedure is a minimally invasive procedure in which tiny implants are inserted into the soft palate. In turn, these implants stiffen the soft palate, reducing the vibration in the airway that causes snoring. The procedure is quick and painless. The lone side effect may be throat irritation that lasts just a few hours.
Our board certified physicians can diagnose and treat patients on the same day. The entire procedure takes less than an hour. Our patients can immediately return to their normal activities.
The Pillar® Procedure is just one of the medically advanced treatments we utilize at The Snoring Center. The other proven treatments we utilize include:
- Coblation Turbinate Reduction
- Palate Coblation
- Laser Tonsillectomy
- Oral Appliances
- Snoring Surgery
At The Snoring Center’s Austin Office, we take snoring problems head-on. We aim to provide long-term relief to our patients. Not only do our patients feel better thanks to healthy, refreshing sleep, but they also see an improvement in their overall lifestyle.
Snoring is a problem. Sleep apnea is a very serious problem. If you suffer from problem snoring, we encourage you to speak to your primary physician or call us at our Austin office. The Snoring Center could have you sleeping better as early as tonight.
Meet your doctor: Craig Schwimmer, MD, MPH, FACS, Founder & Medical Director Dallas, Houston, and Austin, TX
Dr. Schwimmer is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist (Head and Neck Surgeon). A 1991 graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine, he completed his otolaryngology training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, studying under some of the leading clinicians and scientists in the field of snoring and sleep apnea. He has co-authored numerous articles on the subject, including pioneering work on the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux.
After six years of residency training, he practiced in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was also a member of the teaching faculty at Johns Hopkins University and actively involved in training otolaryngology residents. Since 2001, he has practiced in Dallas, where he founded The Snoring Center.