Palatal implants for persistent snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea after laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty

Ji Ho Choi, Eun Joong Kim, Kang Woo Kim, Young Ho Ju, Euy Hyun Park, Seung Hoon Lee

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Abstract

stanLaser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) was widely performed in 1990s as a surgical therapeutic procedure to improve snoring or mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, LAUP is not currently recommended as a treatment for OSA because the evidence for its efficacy is insufficient. Little is known about alternative minimally invasive surgery in patients who refuse continuous positive airway pressure or oral appliance after failed LAUP. We present a case of successful surgical treatment of persistent snoring and mild OSA with palatal implants after LAUP. This case suggests that palatal implants may be offered as an alternative surgical procedure for selective patients with persistent or recurrent snoring or mild OSA after LAUP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-68
Number of pages3
JournalClinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb 27

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Keywords

  • Implants
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Palate
  • Snoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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