Radiofrequency Ablation: A Revolutionary Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Dr. DuMornay is one of the foremost practitioners of treating irregular sleep and breathing through the use of a relatively new procedure called radiofrequency ablation.

Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue is a minimally-invasive procedure to treat sleep apnea and snoring. This safe and effective procedure uses radio-frequency energy to reduce the size of the base of the tongue and alleviate the symptoms associated with snoring and irregular breathing through inhibited air intake.

Radiofrequency ablation keeps the tongue from blocking the airflow while you sleep.  This procedure normally requires no more than one half hour ( 30 minutes) and is undertaken in our offices with a very light use of local anesthetics.

Why is Air Flow Important in Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

Ablation of the tongue treats these symptoms:

  • abnormally large tongue
  • weak muscles inside the tongue
  • abnormal breathing
  • snoring

What Does the Procedure Consist Of?

Radiofrequency ablation requires a doctor directing small amounts of precise radiofrequency, a form of energy,  to the rear of the mouth with a special non-invasive tool. Following the procedure treatment the patient’s tongue is tightened and minimizes in size as it heals. The result is a safe and powerful way to reduce or eliminate the constriction of airflow that causes irregular sleep and snoring. This is an especially important potential procedure for those with problems breathing properly through the nasal passages.

Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation

The Radiofrequency ablation to treat sleep apena with Dr. Wilson DuMornay provides many benefits:

  • Minimally invasive treatment
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Better air flow
  • Elimination or reduction of snoring
  • Fast recovery time
  • Resumption of activities and diet in one day


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