What is Palate Coblation®?
Palate Coblation® is a minimally invasive soft palate surgery for sleep apnea, which uses radiofrequency energy to tighten the tissues of the soft palate. The procedure is performed using local anesthetic in order to keep patients comfortable during the process, and generally diminishes the symptoms of severe snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Why is Palate Coblation® performed?
Palate Coblation® can be used to treat breathing-related issues, including those related to sleep apnea and snoring. Palate surgery for sleep apnea lessens the vibrations made by the soft palate, which can:
- Decrease the sound of snoring
- Minimize the intensity of snoring
- Correct sleep apnea that is mild or moderate in severity
What does Palate Coblation® involve?
The Palate Coblation® procedure works by applying low-temperature radiofrequency technology to create channels in your soft palate’s tissue. Your body will respond by creating scar tissue in these channels. Scar tissue has a natural stiffening effect, which minimizes the soft palate’s ability to vibrate as it did prior to the procedure. In turn, this minimizes the sound and intensity of snoring, and can reduce sleep apnea symptoms. Your New York ENT doctor can provide you with specific information about what you can expect during the procedure.
What are the advantages of palate Coblation®?
Advantages of using palate Coblation® may include:
- Minimally invasive
- Little or no downtime
- Can offer years of relief from symptoms of sleep apnea and snoring
- Effects of the procedure can be seen in as little as 6 weeks
If you are suffering from OSA or snoring and believe you may benefit from palate Coblation®, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience treating a variety of sleep disorders. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at 212-873-6036 to schedule an appointment today.