Radiofrequency Ablation of the Tongue for Sleep Apnea & Snoring
What is radiofrequency ablation of the tongue?
Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue is a minimally-invasive sleep apnea and snoring procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to tighten and shrink the base of the tongue and improve symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea. The treatment helps prevent the tongue from blocking the airway while sleeping. This in-office procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes and is performed using local anesthesia.
Why is ablation of the tongue performed?
Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue treats:
Limp tongue muscles
Sleep apnea caused by an enlarged tongue or weak tongue muscles
What does ablation of the tongue involve?
Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue involves a doctor directing small amounts of targeted radiofrequency energy to the back of the tongue using a non-invasive device. Following treatment, the targeted tissue is tightened and shrinks in size as it heals. As a result, the tongue is less likely to obstruct the airway during sleep. The precision and control afforded by the state-of-the-art technology minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in faster recovery.
What are the benefits of undergoing ablation of the tongue?
Undergoing ablation of the tongue at Sinus Center LA results in the following benefits:
Enlarges the airway
Prevents the tongue from obstructing airflow during sleep
Significantly reduces snoring
Manages sleep apnea symptoms
Little discomfort during procedure (local anesthetic used)
Fast and easy recovery
Most patients can resume normal diet and activity the next day
If you are suffering from sleep apnea and believe you may benefit from ablation of the tongue, the first step is to consult with an ear, nose, and throat expert. Specialists at Sinus Center LA in Pacific Palisades have extensive experience in treating airway obstructions with minimally invasive procedures, such as ablation of the tongue. Fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or to learn more about Sinus Center LA’s treatment options.