Let’s be blunt. Snoring is annoying…and sleep apnea is simply unhealthy. It occurs when the airway becomes completely blocked during sleep. Breathing stops completely, often for several seconds and it can happen dozens of times each night. Those suffering from sleep apnea are prone to high blood pressure, fatigue and even depression. At the Snoring Center’s Dallas office, our board certified physicians treat patients with a variety of snoring problems, including sleep apnea.
Constant Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, is the preferred treatment for sleep apnea, but many patients can’t tolerate the treatment. The patient wears a mask that covers the nose and mouth. A tube runs from the mask to a machine that forces air into the patient’s airway, forcing the airway to stay open. Many patients can’t tolerate the discomfort of wearing the mask, the noise of the CPAP machine or both.
The Snoring Center utilizes The Pillar® Procedure as an alternative to CPAP, and based on the number of our patients who have successfully received treatment, it is fast becoming one of the most popular and effective treatments in the fight against sleep apnea. Via this minimally invasive procedure, our board certified physicians insert tiny implants to stiffen the soft palate and prevent closure of the airway during sleep. The procedure is safe and simple and in many cases it can provide significant relief to people who suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The best news is that our trained physicians can diagnose and treat patients on the same day. The entire procedure takes less than an hour. Even better, the patient can immediately return to normal activity. The only minor side effect for some patients is a slight irritation in the throat that goes away within 24 hours.
Of course, The Pillar® Procedure is only one of the minimally invasive advanced treatments we utilize at The Snoring Center. The other proven treatments we utilize include:
• Coblation Turbinate Reduction
• Palate Coblation
• Laser Tonsillectomy
• Home Sleep Study
• Oral Appliances
• Snoring Surgery
If you suffer from sleep apnea, or if you know someone who does, turn to the The Snoring Center’s trained physicians in Dallas. Call us today and start sleeping better tonight!
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.