Until recently, treatment options have been limited to painful and invasive nose and throat surgeries, and bulky CPAP and oral appliances which require patients to wear every time they sleep. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a higher risk of life-threatening conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Thanks to Dr. Douglas Holmes of ENT and Audiology Associates, patients in Raleigh now have access to an effective and safe alternative to traditional sleep apnea treatments. Snoring and sleep apnea sufferers can now be treated and potentially cured of sleep apnea with a minimally invasive, in-office procedure, called Radiofrequency Ablation of the Tongue Base (RFA).
What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
Radiofrequency Ablation of the Tongue Base is an office based procedure that requires no hospitalization or general anesthesia. Radiofrequency Ablation of the Tongue Base works by directing small amounts of targeted energy to the base of the tongue.
How Does RFA of the Tongue Base Work?
After the minimally invasive procedure, the treated area heals, and over time prevents the tongue from blocking the airway while the patient is sleeping. Each procedure takes less than 45 minutes, while the actual treatment time lasts between 2-5 minutes. Most patients are able to drive themselves home or back to work following the procedure. ENT & Audiology Associates of Raleigh uses a proven device approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.