Pillar Procedure

Minimally-Invasive Treatment

The pillar procedure is a wonderful office-based procedure for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. In just 15 minutes, individuals who have suffered with snoring for years can have relief of their symptoms with this minimally-invasive procedure. The Pillar Procedure is FDA-cleared for treatment of snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

Clinical data for this procedure has shown the following:

  • Bed partner satisfaction at 80% or better
  • Improvement in snoring intensity
  • Improvement in daytime sleepiness.

How It Works

Snoring is caused by vibration of the soft palate against the back of tongue or throat. The pillar procedure involves the insertion of 3 or more small woven implants into the muscular layer of the soft palate. The physical characteristics of the implant will cause the soft palate to stiffen. There will also be favorable stiffening of the tissues because of the body's natural scar tissue reaction around the implants that takes several months to occur.

Procedure Details

The procedure is performed in the office and takes less than 30 minutes. Topical and local anesthesia are applied to the soft palate. The pillar implants are placed with a specially-designed insertion device into the muscular layer of the soft palate. The procedure is not painful. There may be a very mild sore throat for 1-2 days.

What are the benefits

Improvement in snoring and/or sleep apnea with a simple office-based treatment.

What are the risks

There is a small chance of implant infection or extrusion which would require removal of one of the implants. This can be replaced at a later date if necessary. It is possible that the procedure will not adequately correct snoring or apnea. In this case, another treatment such as RF tongue base treatment or an oral appliance may be appropriate.


Our cost for the procedure is $1500.

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Wednesday:8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(972) 253-4280
6750 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 300 Irving, TX 75039
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