How Does Elevoplasty® Work?

Elevoplasty® is a minimally-invasive, office-based procedure that works like “a face lift for the soft palate”®.

Elevoplasty® provides a therapeutic option for the patient who suffers from simple Snoring (without sleep apnea). It is an alternative for those patients seeking relief from snoring who are not interested in wearing an oral appliance at night and who do not wish to undergo invasive, often hospital based, surgery.

Elevoplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure that is performed in a doctor’s office. Using specially-shaped sutures, the procedure lifts and stiffens the soft tissue at the top and back of the mouth, (the soft palate) to reduce or eliminate snoring.*

This provides lift to the soft palate without surgery, thereby alleviating snoring by three mechanisms.

1. Shortening: Making the soft palate slightly shorter, thereby reducing the chance of the soft palate obstructing the airway during sleep.

 

2.Lifting: Making the soft palate slightly stiffer, thereby reducing its vibration during sleep, and the resulting snoring sounds.

3. Stiffening: Causing secondary Slight scarring of the soft palate makes it slightly shorter and stiffer.

 

How Elevoplasty® Works: A Step-by-Step Guide

 

The Results

The process is iterated three times, providing 1-4 millimeters of lift, thereby expanding the mean diameter of the airway. Even a small increase in the diameter of the airway can make a noticeable difference in airflow at night. In a typical snoring patient who doesn’t have sleep apnea, the airway is just barely obstructed by the soft palate. Therefore, a couple millimeters of soft palate shortening can mean that the airway is no longer obstructed during sleep, reducing or eliminating snoring.

The multi-center S.I.LE.N.C.E. Clinical Study has shown that 30 days after the Elevoplasty procedure, 3 out of 4 patients saw a reduction in snoring and improvement of sleep quality and daytime alertness.