What is Ablation of the Tongue?

Ablation of the tongue is a procedure used to reduce the size of the tongue and prevent it from collapsing into your airway at night, therefore improving symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea. For patients who are looking for a CPAP alternative, it may be a good treatment option if the tongue is the main source of airway obstruction.

 

How Does Ablation of the Tongue Work?

Ablation is an advanced technique that quickly and effectively removes and shrinks soft tissue at the base of the tongue using gentle radio frequency energy and natural saline. The procedure preserves the surrounding healthy tissue on the surface of the tongue, which allows for a fast and easy recovery.

This in-office procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes and is performed using local anesthesia.