Radiofrequency treatment

A PAINLESS SOLUTION FOR SNORING AND NASAL OBSTRUCTION

Radiofrequency energy is sent below the surface of the soft palate.

The tissue is heated to a temperature that is sufficiently high to create a coagulation area.

After the following four to six weeks, the treated tissue will shrink and become stronger.

Radiofrequency treatment

Radiofrequency treatment is indicated in cases of snoring and in patients with chronic nasal obstruction.

  • In children, it is indicated in cases of snoring due to excessively enlarged tonsils. In some cases, the size of the tonsils can be reduced by means of a laser, in others by means of radiofrequency treatment.
  • In adults, radiofrequency treatment is indicated in cases of snoring due to excessively enlarged tonsils.

What causes snoring?

Snoring occurs when the soft tissue of the airways relaxes during sleep and begins to vibrate.

In the majority of cases, snoring is caused by a raised soft palate and uvula at the back of the mouth, although the tongue, tonsils, tissue growth and congested nasal passages may also contribute to the sound. Snoring can be aggravated by excessive weight, alcohol and tobacco consumption.

Is snoring bad for my health?

Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea, a serious disorder in which a person stops breathing several times an hour while asleep. This is why we will perform a thorough examination in order to determine whether a patient is a "simple snorer" or whether they have a more serious sleep disorder.

All of these conditions are easy to treat: simple snoring by means of radiofrequency treatment and obstructive sleep apnoea by using a wide range of treatment options.

How will my doctor investigate my snoring?

They will carefully examine the patient's medical history. The best way to evaluate your snoring and breathing patterns is to perform a test under medical supervision overnight. Your doctor will explain the diagnostic options available to you and recommend the most appropriate testing method in your case.

What is radiofrequency treatment?

Radiofrequency treatment uses low-power and low-temperature energy in order to treat a closely defined zone around the uvula or the soft palate. The procedure is performed at the doctor's surgery under a local anaesthetic and it normally takes about 30 minutes.

Radiofrequency energy is sent below the surface of the soft palate, the so-called mucosa. The treated tissue is heated to a temperature that is sufficiently high to create a coagulation area. During the following four to six weeks, the treated tissue will be rejected by the body in a natural process, resulting both in a volume reduction and the strengthening of the area responsible for the snoring.

Radiofrequency energy is sent below the surface of the soft palate. The treated tissue is heated to a temperature that is sufficiently high to create a coagulation area. After the following four to six weeks, the treated tissue will shrink and become stronger.

On the days following the intervention, cold-like inflammation or discomfort may occur. During the following month, patients should already experience a noticeable improvement to their snoring. Depending on the severity of their snoring, the procedure may have to be repeated.

Because the delicate palate line is well-protected, radiofrequency treatment is painless and promotes a fast recovery.

Am I a suitable candidate for radiofrequency treatment?

If you snore loudly and frequently and do not have any other respiratory disorders, then radiofrequency treatment may be the right solution. Your doctor will evaluate the situation and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this type of treatment.

How will my snoring be treated?

Non-surgical options include weight loss and other adaptations to your lifestyle, or the use of an oral system for repositioning the jaw during your sleep.

There also is a wide variety of traditional surgical options for reducing excessive tissue, but we can now offer you a revolutionary treatment option: Radiofrequency treatment gently reduces and strengthens the tissues of the soft palate and the uvula without causing as much pain as conventional surgery or laser-assisted surgery.