Jefferson University Hospitals

Tongue Base Somnoplasty

The back of the tongue can be a component of sleep apnea by itself or in conjunction with other areas of obstruction. Additionally, it can be a source of snoring. In situations in which the tongue is felt to be only a minor contributor to your sleep apnea, tongue base somnoplasty can be performed by the skilled head and neck surgeons and oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Jefferson.

What Does Tongue Base Somnoplasty Involve?

This procedure involves placing a probe into the root of the tongue that delivers energy to the soft tissues surrounding. The probe is then removed and in the weeks that follow the procedure, the energy that was delivered causes scar tissue to form that can reduce the volume of the back of the tongue.