The tongue can be a source of snoring and obstruction for some patients. As patients relax during sleep, the tongue will fall back against the throat and block the airway. RFT (Radio Frequency Tongue) treatment uses gentle radiofrequency energy to address this problem. RFT can be done under local anesthesia, usually with minimal discomfort in less than 30 minutes.
How It Works
RFT involves the delivery of low power, low temperature radiofrequency energy to the muscle of the tongue through a specially designed needle tip wand. This energy causes the target tissue to scar and eventually contract. This shrinkage is at the back or base of the patient's tongue, allowing the airway to open and alleviating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
What To Expect
Depending on the patient's tongue size, improvement will be detected within 4-6 weeks as the targeted scar tissue is reabsorbed by the body to open up the airway. Patients may experience some swelling and discomfort for the first week after treatment; however, most discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter medication and rapidly resolves.