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Sleep Well With Sleepezy

A Cure for Snoring?
December 09, 2006

A warm welcome to our new subscribers and a big "Hello" to all our loyal readers :-)


This month's also our second birthday but you get the gift. As promised here is the link for (link deleted)

Today I want to talk about the Pillar Procedure which is a new, semi surgical answer to snoring and sleep apnea. We all know the horrors of snoring - poor sleep, daytime fatigue, grumpy partner etc....

Dangers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

These are high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and heart disease to name just a few.

The pillar procedure may be a permanent answer to snoring for some people.

Although many people use a CPAP mask and find it very effective, some others find the mask cumbersome and uncomfortable which interferes with the quality of their sleep. If you fit into this latter group, the Pillar Procedure may be what you're looking for.

The Pillar Procedure involves placing three small polyester inserts into the soft palette to strengthen it and stop the vibration which leads to snoring or apnea. The procedure may be done under local anaesthetic and recovery is instantaneous. There is a very low failure rate (about 1%) and results can be seen (heard?) in days. Some swelling may be experienced but everything should be back to normal in a couple of days.

The FDA has cleared the Pillar procedure for use in sleep apnea. Previously the CPAP machine - oxygen delivery via mask - was the best treatment for sleep apnea. There are other treatments sole such as sprays and implants, but these are quite ineffective.

Are there any disadvantages?

The only one is it may not completely stop snoring for some people. It will significantly improve the noise level though.


Apart from the CPAP machine, there are throat exercises which work well for some snorers. The only permanent solution however is surgery

Advantages of the Pillar Procedure

The Pillar Procedure is safer than surgery, eliminates uncomfortable equipment, permanent, reversible if required, no recovery time, reasonably priced.

This Month's Article

Understand more of the Pillar Procedure with Pillar Implants

As always if a link doesn't work, copy and paste into your browser.

Until next time, my very best wishes to you.

Wendy (new)

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