Reducing the Vibration of Soft Tissue, or Radio-frequency Palatoplasty
A more recent and less invasive treatment for snoring is radio-frequency palatoplasty. Performed in the doctor’s office with local anesthesia, a radio-frequency probe is inserted into the soft palate, where it delivers heat that causes inflammation and scarring, reducing the vibration of the soft tissue. Discomfort following the procedure is mild, and it is treated with acetaminophen and throat lozenges. If snoring is not significantly reduced, a second radio-frequency procedure may be successful. In addition to convenience and comfort, another advantage of the radio-frequency procedure is that because no tissue is removed, there is no permanent change in throat sensation.