March 25, 2019

Radiofrequency ablation tongue treatment is a medical procedure used to treat sleep apnea and snoring, which are caused by blocked airways during sleep and ultimately lead to disrupted breathing. Suffering from sleep apnea or related issues is a nuisance for you and your loved ones but it also causes serious health problems. And, using a CPAP machine can make the condition even more annoying in your day-to-day life. Fortunately, radiofrequency ablation tongue treatment can help prevent the need for a CPAP machine.

Many additional health problems also arise with untreated sleep apnea leads to:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Worsened Diabetes

What Is Radiofrequency Ablation Tongue Treatment?

Radiofrequency ablation tongue treatment is a specialized option for treating individuals with sleep apnea and chronic snoring by using a minimally invasive device to focus direct energy into the tongue tissue.. A series of five treatments each separated by four weeks, causes the tongue to reduce in size and move forward in the airway.  This helps alleviate the obstruction during sleep.

What Are the Possible Side Effects of Radiofrequency Ablation Tongue Treatment?

Risks associated with radiofrequency ablation tongue treatment are rare in this office based treatment.. Any patient considering this procedure should become familiar with the possible risks to be best prepared. These rare occurrences include infection, bleeding, temporary problems swallowing, temporary vocal changes or temporary numbness. Usually, these side effects disappear over the following few days after the procedure. It is uncommon for any of these effects to be permanent or to persist beyond a few days of recovery time. However, some other issues may also occur, although they are less likely.

Is Radiofrequency Ablation Tongue Treatment Better Than CPAP Therapy?

CPAP is the gold standard for obstructive sleep apnea treatment.  Many people however either refuse to wear CPAP or are unable to tolerate it.  Situations like this require alternatives like this procedure. Our providers are here to help you navigate the many solutions to sleep apnea that are right for you.

Office Treatment for Sleep Apnea and You

We are happy to discuss this procedure and to help you make your first appointment. Call 972-258-7464 or visit our site, and we will connect you with a medical professional who can answer your questions about this life-changing procedure.

 

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https://sleep-doctor.com/surgical-treatment-overview/tongue-region-procedures/tongue-radiofrequency/
http://curemysleepapnea.com/radiofrequency-ablation/
https://www.thesinusdoctor.com/radiofrequency-ablation-procedure/
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