Laser CO2 for snoring. Preliminary results

Acta Otorhinolaryngol Belg. 1990;44(4):451-6.

Abstract

CO2 Laser Vaporizations of the PalatoPharynx (LVPP), is a new technique, safe and effective, ambulant, by local anesthetic spray, performed for the treatment of snoring. The LVPP is based on the progressive enlargement of the airspace in the oropharynx, to eliminate or reduce obstructions that occurs during sleep, by successive "vaporizations" (or laser-strip carbonization) of the vibrating soft palate, wide posterior tonsil pillars and redundant posterior pharyngeal mucosa. From December 1988 to July 1990, 31 snorers have been treated by LVPP and have been cured or, at least, improved in their snoring. Advantages of this technique are that it is a simple, reliable, bloodless and painless procedure (under local anesthesia), without hospitalization, just like an ordinary consultation. Disadvantages are the multiples and successives sessions, the high technical effort and cost of the laser. In conclusion, it can be a simple alternative for many patients who are afraid of surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Palate, Soft / surgery*
  • Snoring / surgery*
  • Uvula / surgery*

Substances

  • Carbon Dioxide