The Pillar Procedure

Dr. Gilliam’s Pillar Procedure Treatment Can Help Combat Snoring & Sleep Apnea

If you or your partner is a loud snorer or knows they suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), Dr. Gilliam may recommend The Pillar Procedure as a recommend course of treatment. The Pillar Procedure is a simple, minimally invasive procedure that may effectively treat disruptive snoring and moderate cases of sleep apnea.

If you are wondering if you suffer from sleep apnea, it is characterized by repeated awakening throughout the night caused by irregular breathing or paused breathing. It can cause extreme daytime fatigue and can also lead to major health conditions, like stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease. Disruptive snoring can also cause restlessness, daytime fatigue, stress and conflict among partners.

What Is The Pillar Procedure?

As previously stated, The Pillar Procedure is simple and produces positive effects for Dr. Gilliam’s patients.

  • It can be complete in a single visit to our office.
  • It is less painful and less invasive, compared to other procedures used to treat the same conditions.
  • This is an FDA-approved and clinically proven procedure used to reduce OSA and disruptive snoring.

Following this procedure, many patients experience a lasting decrease in snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. According to a one-year clinical study, sleep apnea was reduced in almost 80% of patients. The partners of patients with disruptive snoring were “very satisfied” (90%) with the results of the procedure. The study also concluded that patients experience less daytime fatigue.

How Does The Pillar Procedure Work?

During procedure, Dr. Gilliam places three tiny, woven inserts into the soft palate to decrease airway obstruction and the vibration that causes snoring. The inserts are made of high-quality, safe materials. They will not hinder speech or swallowing function. In fact, many patients are able to eat a normal diet on the day of the procedure.

Contact Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center Today In Stone Oak & San Antonio, TX

If you suffer from OSA and are frustrated with CPAP treatment, contact Dr. Gilliam about The Pillar Procedure today. Be prepared to discuss your tongue position, tonsil size, body mass and other factors that may affect the procedure. Dr. Gilliam can answer any questions and determine if The Pillar Procedure is right for you.