Traditional Surgery

When it comes to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and severe snoring, a relatively small number of patients require surgical treatment. However, the Snoring Center prefers to explore less invasive procedures before suggesting major surgery.

The Snoring Center does not perform traditional snoring surgery. The procedures we offer are all effective alternatives to surgeries for sleep apnea and snoring. All of our minimally invasive solutions take less than half an hour and use only local anesthesia, so patients can immediately return to their normal activities.

The Pillar Procedure

This simple sleep apnea service has proven very effective for both snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. Your doctor will insert small, woven implants into your soft palate, improving airflow. It’s quick and easier to recover from compared to snoring surgery.

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Turbinate Reduction

For those suffering from nasal allergies, this procedure is a great solution. It’s painless and provides relief from congestion, pressure, and drainage associated with common nasal allergies. The entire procedure takes less than 20 minutes.

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Palate Reduction

A fast, affordable procedure to stiffen the soft palate using radio frequency energy or a laser. It can provide short term relief from disruptive snoring in less than 20 minutes.

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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of the Tongue Base

This sleep apnea surgery alternative helps to shrink and tighten part of the tongue to create more breathing space. It’s done in the office in five to eight 15-minute treatments.

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Laser Tonsillectomy

This cutting-edge, office-based procedure vaporizes the outer surface of the tonsils, reducing their size and providing relief from chronic tonsillitis, tonsil stones and snoring or apnea related to enlarged tonsils.

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When it comes to your treatment and comfort, non-surgical methods are preferable to snoring surgery and sleep apnea surgery. However, in the rare case that you do require surgical treatment for snoring, we can refer you to a qualified surgeon or medical center.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the success rate for surgery and what are the complications?

One of the most common traditional surgeries performed for snoring and sleep apnea is Uvulopalatoplasty, where part of the soft palate is removed in the operating room. Possible complications from uvulopalatoplasty include post-operative pain and bleeding, temporary loss of sense of taste, changing voice, palatal incompetence, and nasopharyngeal stenosis.

The success rate of this surgery is generally between 50 and 75%.

What types of surgery are usually performed for sleep apnea treatment and severe snoring?

It’s important to note that sometimes, multiple procedures are necessary to effectively treat severe snoring and sleep apnea. And even after surgery, some patients still need to use a CPAP machine every night. Common surgeries include:

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, widening the airway of the throat by removing, repositioning tissues around and of the uvula
  • Septoplasty and Turbinate Reduction, which open up the nasal passages
  • Hyoid Suspension, repositioning the hyoid bone at the base of the throat
  • Maxillomandibular osteotomy (MMO) and advancement (MMA), involves cutting the bone of the jaws to move them forward and requires the mouth to be wired shut for healing

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  • After A Week, I Could Already Feel Big Improvements

    “I’ve always had large tonsils, but recently they became a big problem for me. I had Laser Tonsillectomy to reduce the size of my tonsils, and the results are great. The procedure was not a big deal and over before I knew it. I went to a Mexican restaurant directly after my procedure and ate chips and tacos. And, after a week, I could already feel big improvements.”

    - Justin L.

  • I Was Way Past The Normal Age For A Tonsillectomy, And I Was Skeptical About The Laser Procedure

    “The Snoring Center has improved my quality of life. After numerous episodes of tonsillitis, I was searching for anything to help. I was way past the normal age for a tonsillectomy, and I was skeptical about the Laser Tonsillectomy procedure. However, Dr. Schwimmer and the entire staff at The Snoring Center were very nice and professional and made the entire process fast and relatively pain free. I experienced very little discomfort during the procedure and very minor pain afterwards. Within a few hours, I was eating normal food. The best part is that since the Laser Tonsillectomy procedure I have not had a single episode of tonsillitis or even a sore throat. Thank you Snoring Center!”

    - Daniel A.

  • I Can Breathe Through My Nose For The First Time In 16 Years

    “My nasal allergies are so bad that it is debilitating. I love outdoor activities, but often I can’t partake or I pay the price. I heard about turbinate reduction at The Snoring Center and that it can help with nasal allergy symptoms. For me it has done much more than “help”, I can breathe through my nose for the first time in 16 years. This really is life changing. Thank you!”

    - Ryan W.

  • The Entire Procedure Took Only About 10 Minutes. But, It Changed My Life

    “I have suffered all of my life from nasal allergies. I meet with clients all day and allergy season is awful. It is embarrassing to continually blow my nose and sniffle during meetings. Not to mention the expense of regular doctor’s visits and daily medication. I was happy to have Turbinate Reduction at The Snoring Center. The entire procedure took only about 10 minutes, but it changed my life. Thank you Snoring Center.”

    - Kelly F.

  • It Truly Was A Life-Changing Experience

    “Turbinate Reduction not only helped my allergies but also my sinus headaches. This changed my life from someone who has had allergies since I was five years old to someone who is allergy-free. I would like to thank Dr. Schwimmer for all he has done for me. It truly was a life-changing experience.”

    - John B.