What is radiofrequency ablation of the tongue?
Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy for tongue ablation, or to shrink and tighten the base of the tongue. This procedure is most commonly used to prevent the tongue from creating an airway blockage during sleep, an occurrence commonly associated with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Why is radiofrequency ablation of the tongue performed?
Ablation of the tongue is used to treat the following symptoms and conditions:
- Limp or weak tongue muscles
- Enlarged tongue
- OSA caused by enlarged tongue or limp tongue muscles
What does radiofrequency ablation of the tongue involve?
To undergo radiofrequency ablation of the tongue, the best option is to consult with a doctor who has had medical training and is experienced in performing tongue reduction for sleep apnea. The ear, nose and throat physicians with New York ENT can perform radiofrequency tongue ablation in-office, with the procedure lasting less than an hour in duration.
“During the procedure, doctors use small amounts of radiofrequency energy to target the back of the tongue. This energy causes the targeted tissues to tighten and reduce in size after the procedure. The device used to perform tongue ablation is non-invasive, and patients should feel minimal discomfort during the procedure.
After the procedure, the tongue will decrease in size and be much less likely to cause an airway blockage during sleep. Patients will experience little or no downtime after surgery.”
What are the advantages of radiofrequency ablation of the tongue?
The advantages of undergoing radiofrequency ablation for sleep apnea with New York ENT doctors can include:
- Minimally invasive
- Airway widens, allowing more oxygen to enter the body during sleep
- Prevents airway obstruction
- Little or no discomfort during procedure
- Manages severe snoring or OSA symptoms
- Little or no downtime after procedure
If you are suffering from OSA or snoring and believe you may benefit from ablation of the tongue, 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.