PRF (Platelet-rich fibrin) treatment is a cutting-edge approach in the medical field that helps your body heal using your blood. It’s 100% natural because it comes directly from you, with no additives or foreign materials involved. It has been a common practice to do a Botox injection into the painfully inflamed TMJ muscle. But the Botox injection is to stop the pain by freezing/paralyzing the hyperactive muscle that has been causing pain around your TMJ. Injecting PRF instead of Botox does something similar but actually will calm down the inflammation without paralyzing the muscle.

If you have undergone surgery to treat sleep apnea, Dr. Mika Miyamoto, DMD at Moonlight Sleep REMedies can help you heal faster with PRF therapy. The high concentration of growth factors and other healing elements present in the PRF can accelerate your body’s natural healing process and drastically minimize the recovery time.

How Does PRF Treatment Work?

The surgical procedures for sleep apnea – like uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) – can sometimes lead to complications like infections or poor wound healing. Being rich in leukocytes (white blood cells) and other immune factors, PRF can help fight infection and improve the body’s response to surgical intervention. It can help ensure that the structural changes made during surgery are more successful in the long term.

For example, if part of the surgery involves repositioning or tightening tissue to keep the airway open, PRF can help heal these tissues in their new configuration.

Here is how it works: we take a small amount of your blood (usually from your arm) and then process it in a centrifuge, spinning the blood at high speeds. This causes the blood components to separate into different layers. One of these layers is the PRF, rich in platelets, white blood cells, and a mesh-like substance called fibrin.

These are then injected back into the area that needs to be treated. The platelets release growth factors that kick-start your body’s own repair mechanisms, and the fibrin acts as a framework for new cells to grow and move into the injured area, helping the tissue to heal and regenerate.

PRF’s ability to release these growth factors slowly over time makes it particularly special. This means the healing process is sustained over several days to boost your natural healing abilities continuously. Since PRF is made from your own blood, there is a minimal risk of allergic reactions or complications related to the body rejecting foreign substances.

No matter how complicated your sleep apnea surgery was, after undergoing PRF therapy, you will get to enjoy less pain, reduced risk of infection, and a quicker return to normal activities.

The PRF injection – once prepared – is carefully injected into the target area, such as your gums, throat tissues, or facial muscles, depending on your needs. The injections are minimally invasive, so they are not painful, although you may feel slight discomfort. You’ll receive aftercare instructions and follow-up appointments so Dr. Miyamoto can monitor your progress.

Our Approach to PRF Therapy For Sleep Apnea

If you have been diagnosed with a severe case of sleep apnea and surgery is your only option, or you haven’t received an official diagnosis yet, Moonlight Sleep REMedies can help. Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment so we can understand the severity and nature of your sleep apnea based on the following:

  • Your symptoms
  • Your medical history
  • Any previous sleep apnea treatment you have tried
  • A physical examination of your nasal passages and oral structure

For sleep apnea patients, PRF is only available for those who have undergone the necessary surgery. We don’t offer surgical interventions but can examine your airway’s physical structure, the severity of your sleep apnea, and how well you might respond to surgical intervention. Since PRF improves surgical outcomes by enhancing healing, confirming that surgery is a viable option for you is a prerequisite – and Dr. Miyamoto can help with this step.

Once Dr. Miyamoto establishes that surgery is appropriate for you, she will assess if adding PRF therapy to your surgical treatment could offer additional benefits. This assessment considers your overall health, healing capacity, and any factors that might influence your recovery. The goal is to ensure that PRF therapy can be safely and effectively incorporated into your treatment plan to optimize recovery.

Choose PRF Therapy in Portland, OR, For Transformative Results

At Moonlight Sleep REMedies, we believe surgery should be the last resort for severe sleep apnea cases. For a vast majority of our patients, oral appliance therapy or laser treatment is all it takes to achieve lasting relief from this debilitating condition. Considering this, there are exceptional situations when CPAP, oral appliances, laser, myofunctional therapy, and lifestyle changes may not work to eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms.

If you are struggling with this condition, Dr. Miyamoto can work with your primary care physician and other care providers to create a surgical treatment plan, which includes PRF injections to enhance your post-operative healing. If you have questions about the role of PRF in your recovery, or you would like to set up a consultation, contact us today!