Radiofrequency Ablation of the tongue base to treat OSA

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of the tongue base

Dr. Andy Chung performs a minimally invasive, office based procedure known as radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The procedure takes place in the office over the course of five to eight treatments spread over several months.

Each procedure takes less than 30 minutes with the actual treatment to the tongue base lasting a few minutes using only local anesthesia.

All patients are able to drive themselves home immediately following the procedure.

RFA is safe, effective and shown to be a great alternative to CPAP therapy.

How does RFA work?

RFA directs small amounts of targeted energy to the base of the tongue using a minimally invasive device. Following the procedures, the treated area heals which results in tissue tightening and permanent reduction in size of the tongue base, which directly prevents the tongue from blocking the airway while the patient is sleeping.

Why is RFA an effective treatment option for OSA?

In contrast to other surgeries that require a trip to the operating room, the RFA procedure has a far shorter recovery time and significantly less pain.  Most RFA patients experience a few days of discomfort with only minimal narcotics and over-the-counter painkillers if necessary.  This procedure has shown consistent positive results in treating sleep disorders secondary to OSA.

What are the treatment benefits?

  • Lessen daytime sleepiness
  • Improve concentration and memory
  • Decrease risk for heart disease, heart failure, and stroke
  • Reduce the risk of car accidents
  • Improve mood and energy

Are you a candidate for RFA?

If you show signs of sleep apnea you may be a candidate.

A sleep study is required for all patients looking to diagnose the severity of their OSA. If you haven’t had a sleep study, Dr. Chung can refer you to take one.

Find out whether RFA is the best treatment option for you. Contact me today at 972-566-8300 to schedule your consultation that is convenient for you.