Snoreplasty Procedure Rediscovered to Cure Snoring

It seems like snoring and sleep apnea treatments are rediscovered and proclaimed by the media as a new "cure," when in fact, it’s been described years before. A British doctor reports that by injecting a scarring agent into the soft palate, snoring is eliminated. The material he used was sodium tetradecyl sulfate, which is the same material that’s been used for varicose veins for 50 years.

This procedure was originally described by Dr. Eric Mair in 2001. He reported a 92% initial success rate, which dropped to 75% at 19 months on average. Most people will need 2 to 3 injections for optimal results. I performed this procedure quite a lot with good results until other, more sophisticated options became available.

It literally takes less than 5 minutes to perform in the office. Topical anesthesia is used in the mouth and a very tiny needle is used to create a bleb underneath the mucous membrane of the central soft palate. After a few weeks of healing, scarring and tightening occurs, which stiffens the palate, lessening snoring vibrations. It can take a few weeks and up to 2-3 months before results are seen. Repeat injections are given as necessary.

There will be some mild throat discomfort, but most people don’t need to take any pain medications. However, a prescription pain medication is usually given.

One important point to remember is that all this does is to stiffen the soft palate. It’s not designed to treat any underlying obstructive sleep apnea. Typically, it’s much less expensive than the more high-tech, sophisticated procedures such as Pillar implants or laser procedures. Because snoring treatments are considered "cosmetic," they’re usually not covered by insurance carriers. 

It seems like medicine has a way of forgetting about simpler, more cost effective methods of treatment.


Have you undergone any in-office snoring treatments? If so, how long did it last? Please enter your response below in the comments box.






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2 thoughts on “Snoreplasty Procedure Rediscovered to Cure Snoring

  1. Personally I’d try all other manor of devices before opting for surgery. Granted, I am a bit of a cry baby, but the thought of going under the knife just terrifies me.

  2. I (and my husband) had been suffering from my loud snoring for 2 years. Being military, I had to jump through all their hoops before getting a referral to an ENT. I tried nose strips, a mouth guard and had a sleep study done. It was determined I didn’t have apnea but did wake up about once an hour.
    My ENT said that I had a floppy sof palate and told me about my options for treatment. We went with the injection snoreplast because it was the least invasive and painful. I usually have no problem with surgeries, but this procedure did not turn out as advertised.
    After three days of discomfort, my throat started hurting more and I developed horrible breath. I called my Dr. on day 5 but didn’t get a response. On day 7 I got a hold of him and was seen. By that time I had a hole in my soft palate and was told that this was normal and would heal. By day 9, much of my soft palate was GONE. The pain was almost unbearable and I had to go to my base clinic to receive more and stronger medications. Eating was a horrible experience, I remember crying while trying to choke down oatmeal. On day 12, I saw the Dr again and he admitted he had never seen this happen before. He said that the final result looked like I had had a UPPP done. I lost a lot of tissue to necrosis but my uvula is still there, but its raw, irritated, and hanging back rubbung against my throat. Because of this It always feels like I have something stuck in my throat, and I am frequently choking on food and drinks.
    I am wondering how often this happens and if it will eventually get better on its own.