New Media Producer: Brad Maglinger
"My snoring is basically forcing me to sleep on the couch," says Steve Roh. He has snorted and snored through the night for as long as he can remember. Now Steve and his wife Stacey are hoping the relatively simple "pillar polyester implant" procedure will help stop the racket.
"Snoring comes from vibration of the tissues in the roof of the mouth," Dr. Mansoor Madani. "This is an actual implant that is placed over a model. Basically it extends the roof of the mouth back and further down so it doesn't move as much."
Steve's throat is numbed. And then Dr. Madani injects the implants, three of them, one at a time, under the skin at the back of his throat. The actual procedure takes about five minutes.
"It does not require cutting or heating or causing significant amount of pain," Dr. Madani says. Steve is even able to enjoy a nice lunch just minutes after having the implants placed.
But some doctors say they're not quite convinced yet. "We do not know what long-term effects it will have if it stays in there," ENT specialist Nicholas Bu-Saba.
Dr. Madani says that while this procedure is brand new, the polyester material has a proven track record. It's already been used in heart and stomach surgeries.
For this couple, it worked immediately. The procedure costs $2,100 and is not covered by dental insurance, but may help you snore no more.