Now there is a new procedure that may finally get you a good night's rest. Snoring is the last thing you want to hear when you're trying to sleep at night.
It was enough to drive Ted and Lucy Dombrowski apart. "We couldn't even sleep together. It was really nasty. I could not have a good night's sleep because of him," says Lucy. "Oh the snoring was horrendous. I'd wake myself up in the middle of the night," added Ted.
Ted was waking up exhausted. Besides snoring, Ted Dombrowski suffers from mild sleep apnea, a highly underdiagnosed condition that causes you to stop breathing sporadically throughout the night.
If left untreated, it can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.
"It's kind of like running your car on low oil. It won't break down
today or tomorrow, but it won't last to a hundred thousand miles. So
things start happening earlier in your life if you have sleep apnea," says Dr. Kevin Krebsbach.
But there's a new fda approved procedure to stop mild to moderate sleep
apnea and snoring. It's called the pillar procedure.
"This is the device, there are three of these for the whole procedure," says Dr. Kevin Krebsbach.
Three tiny pillars are placed in the back of the throat. They work as a support for tissue that stretches and relaxes when you're asleep.
"If you think of a roof as a sheet in the wind, and vibrating and collapsing this stiffens. It's similar to battens on a sale in a sail boat," adds Dr. Krebsbach.
In the past a painful surgery was the only option. The pillar procedure's done right in the office and only takes a matter of minutes to perform.
"I took the plunge. I was nervous and come to find out it wasn't one tenth as bad as i thought it could possibly be," concludes Ted.
Now Ted Dombrowski says he's 80 percent cured.
As a result he has more energy to work on projects around the house, and his wife has come back to bed.
"It was a good decision to have done. I'd recommend it to anybody," says Mrs. Dombrowski.
The pillar procedure is 80 to 90 percent effective at treating snoring and it works 50 to 60 percent of the time with sleep apnea.