Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to tighten and shrink the base of the tongue and improve symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea. The treatment helps prevent the tongue from blocking the airway while sleeping. This in-office procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes and is performed using local anesthesia.
What does it treat?
Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue treats:
Limp tongue muscles
Snoring and sleep apnea caused by an enlarged tongue or weak tongue muscles
How does the procedure work?
Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue involves a doctor directing small amounts of targeted radiofrequency energy to the back of the tongue using a non-invasive device. Following treatment, the targeted tissue is tightened and shrinks in size as it heals. As a result, the tongue is less likely to obstruct the airway during sleep. The precision and control afforded by the state-of-the-art technology minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in faster recovery.
What are the benefits?
Highly effective with very little discomfort
Minimally invasive procedure performed with only local anesthetic
Fast and easy recovery
Most patients can resume normal diet and activity the next day
What results can I expect?
Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue sometimes requires multiple treatments to achieve the desired results. Over time, many patients experience significantly reduced snoring and sleep apnea symptoms as the procedure enlarges the airway and prevents the tongue from obstructing airflow during sleep.