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Hyperarousal Theory of Primary Insomnia
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Nasal Sprays: Are You Doing More Harm Than Good?
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Snoring...Sweet Dreams to Nightmares
Snoring - The Noisy Nightmare!
Understanding the Nose and Its Function
You Don't Have to be Miserable (Vol. 3 No. 2)
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Breakthroughs - Somnoplasty

Are you a candidate for this procedure?

If you suffer from nasal obstruction, snoring or sleep apnea, then you may be a candidate for Somnoplasty. Learn more about this Breakthrough Technology that can help you breathe easier.

Nasal Obstruction

If you suffer from nasal obustruction, sleep apnea or snore find out how the breakthrough somnoplasty procedure can help you breathe and sleep easier!

How can I get relief?

The Somnoplasty procedure is a safe, fast, and effective way to relieve nasal obstruction due to enlarged turbinates. The procedure is performed in the physician's office or outpatient setting under local anesthesia, and typically takes less than 30 minutes.

What is Radio Frequency of the Turbinates?

The somnoplasty procedure uses low-power radiofrequency energy to gently reduce the tissues in the inferior turbinate. Radiofrequency energy is delivered beneath the surface layer, or mucosa, of the inferior turbinate. The treated tissue is heated just enough to create an area of coagulation. Over the next three to six weeks, the treated tissue is removed naturally by the body, relieving the obstruction.

What should I expect?

The somnoplasty procedure relieves chronic nasal obstruction, usually without the pain associated with conventional or laser-assisted surgeries. There may be some swelling and discomfort for a few days following the Somnoplasty procedure. Over the next three to six weeks, you should start to experience improved nasal airflow. Most patients do not require any kind of medication.

What is Chronic Nasal Obstruction?

The enlargement of the inferior nasal turbinates typically causes chronic nasal congestion. The nasal turbinates are small bony structures covered by mucous membranes (mucosa) that protrude into the nasal airway. Nasal obstruction caused by enlarged turbinates is commonly associated with allergies and rhinitis, the inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose. When this occurs, the blood vessels inside the membranes expand, causing the turbinates to become enlarged and obstruct the flow of air through the nose.