The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Palatal Implants for Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
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Treatment options for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) now include, in addition to lifestyle remedies such as weight loss and avoidance of alcohol in the evening, mechanical devices, injection of botulinum toxin into the soft palate and a variety of ENT surgical outpatient procedures.1 Palatal implants (Pillar procedure – Restore Medical Inc) have been approved by the FDA for treatment of snoring and OSA.

ANATOMY — Snoring and OSA are caused by partial airway collapse with vibration of the upper airway. Airway collapse can occur at the level of the soft palate, the base of the tongue or the pharyngeal walls. Most vibration of the soft tissues occurs at the level of the soft palate.

OTHER SURGICAL PROCEDURES — Outpatient surgical procedures that have been tried for treatment of snoring include uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (probably the most ... more      

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