This is another procedure that improves snoring and may have some benefits for treating sleep apnea. An electrode that emits radio waves is used to destroy some tissue at the base of the tongue. Most people have noticed decreased snoring and decreased daytime sleepiness after ten 20-minute treatments. This is more effective for snoring but has not been shown to be effective in treatment of sleep apnea.
This procedure is very rarely performed and reserved for extremely severe cases of sleep apnea. It involves creating a hole (stoma) at the base of the neck and into the trachea (windpipe). A tube in the stoma can be plugged during the day so that you can breathe and talk normally. At night, the tube is unplugged, and you breathe through the stoma.
Nasal surgery to remove an obstruction can serve as another way to relieve sleep apnea.
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