What does the patient experience during the Somnoplasty procedure?

The Somnoplasty procedure for obstructive sleep apnea is performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting. The protection of the delicate surface of the tissue, the controlled delivery of energy and the ability to maintain a constant, low temperature present a sharp contrast to conventional surgery. Patients undergoing traditional surgery can suffer significant pain and take narcotic medications for several weeks. After the Somnoplasty procedure for obstructive sleep apnea, patients may experience swelling and some discomfort, and take pain medications for two to three days.