Many of our patients come to us looking for a cure. They’re tired of CPAP machines, mouthguards, medications, and never-ending concern about their sleep apnea. They’re waking up tired, feeling exhausted after only a few hours at work, and their partner is complaining about their snoring.  They’re frustrated because they just want a full nights rest.  If this sounds familiar, our FDA approved in office sleep apnea treatment may be the answer for you.

This is a surprisingly simple and quick procedure that only requires local anesthesia, and takes a total of 15 minutes. It works by delivering a measured amount of radiofrequency (RF) energy into the site of airway obstruction, in order to direct improve your breathing. As these areas heal over the following days and weeks, the tissue tightens and shrinks, making for a more open and stable airway. This improves snoring AND obstructive sleep apnea. There is very little down time from this procedure, and most patients take small doses of pain medication for one or two days.

The most common source of airway obstruction in sleep apnea is the base of tongue, and therefore our base of tongue reduction is our most common procedure.


Radio frequency base of tongue reduction is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The procedure reduces excess tissue in the throat by delivering measured amounts of radiofrequency energy into precise locations in the base of tongue. This does not affect your speech or swallowing. Optimal treatment involves multiple procedures, staged one month apart to allow appropriate healing. See our TREATMENT page for more details.

Scott Anderson, MD

Dr. Anderson is a board certified otolaryngologist who has extensive training and experience in treating snoring and OSA. He is a specialist in office-based treatment options, which allow his patients to avoid the many risks, pain, and prolonged recovery of the traditional surgical options.

Many patients throughout Tampa Bay have been successfully treated with the minimally invasive radio frequency ablation (RFA) technique.

All patients must complete a sleep study test (“polysomnography”).
This test can be ordered by your primary care doctor, or your lung doctor.
The test must be COMPLETED prior to visiting our Tampa Sleep Apnea Center.

Please bring your sleep study report with you.


Tampa Sleep Apnea Center is a specialized division of Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists that focuses solely on minimally invasive treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).


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Scott Anderson, MD
Tampa Sleep Apnea Center
4714 N. Armenia Ave, Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33603

"A division of Select Physicians Alliance"