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ethods and outcomes of radiofrequency ablation for bstructive sleep apnea

  title={ethods and outcomes of radiofrequency ablation for bstructive sleep apnea},
  author={A. Steward},
Radiofrequency therapy has been applied to the nasal turbinates, soft palate, and tongue base in attempts to improve obstructive sleep disordered breathing. Both monopolar and bipolar devices are available, with only the monopolar device being temperature-controlled. Procedures are performed in the office setting under local anesthesia. Repeated radiofrequency treatment improves treatment effectiveness. Compared to traditional procedures, radiofrequency offers less post-treatment pain. This… 

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