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Pillar Palatal Implant SystemThere are many possible potential cures for snoring available today, both medical and over the counter. One surgical treatment that has become well known recently is the Pillar Palatal Implant System (PPIS).
Medical Snoring TreatmentThe Pillar Palatal Implant System is a relatively new surgical snoring treatment.
The procedure - carried out by qualified medical experts - involves inserting small plastic rods into the soft palate. The rods are each 3/4" long and are injected whilst under the influence of local anaesthetic. Most patients receive three such implants but the number can vary.
How Does It Work?The idea behind the treatment is to stiffen the soft tissue of the palate. This is intended to prevent the roof of the mouth fluttering during sleep and causing snoring.
Does It Work?According to the January 2005 edition of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the procedure can be an effective snoring cure for some people.
The research was carried out by Dr. Joachim T. Maurer and colleagues from University Hospital Mannheim, Germany. Studies of 15 patients treated with the Pillar Palatal Implant System showed a significant decrease in snoring after 90 days. However the team caution that further research is still needed into the long term effectiveness of the treatment.
As with all snoring treatments the potential effectiveness of PPIS will depend on the exact cause of your snoring.
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