Nasal Obstruction

Nasal breathing is a very important function of human life and any obstruction in the nasal airway also known as a congested or blocked nose, can dramatically impact the quality of life.

Nasal Obstruction Problems

Nasal Airway Obstruction (NOA) can limit airflow through the nose and lead to the following symptoms:

  • Chronic nasal congestion, or stuffiness
  • Persistent nasal blockage or obstruction
  • Difficulty breathing through nose
  • Difficulty sleeping, snoring, and fatigue
  • Inability to get enough air during physical activities

Nasal Obstruction Causes

Nasal Airway Obstruction

The Septum, Lateral Wall, and Turbinates form a narrow triangular area in the front of the nose known as the Internal Nasal Valve. If any of these structures enlarge, bend or are abnormal, the nasal airway size is reduced, causing a significant reduction in airflow.

  • The Septum is the narrow wall of cartilage and bone covered by soft tissue between the two nostrils and it can often bend and obstruct the nasal airway.
  • The Lateral wall is the side or outer wall of the nose and it can bend inwards or collapse when weakened and restrict airflow.
  • Turbinates are finger like ridges of thin bone and tissue inside the nose and can often enlarge and block the nasal passages and reduce airflow.

Narrowing of the nasal valve may be one of the most common causes of nasal obstruction. The nasal valve is also the narrowest part of the nasal airway and a small change in the size of the valve may dramatically change airflow through the nose, thereby mitigating symptoms of NOA.

Nasal Obstruction Treatment

Nasal airway obstruction has traditionally been treated by ongoing home remedies or traditional nasal surgery.
Today there is a third option: VIVAER® Non-Invasive Nasal Airway Remodeling.

Home Remedies

External breathing strips, internal nasal dilators, and sprays are some of the ongoing home remedies you might have tried and tried. Home remedies never quite fix the problem nor offer lasting relief from symptoms.

Nasal Surgery

Traditional nasal surgery, involving pain, long recovery time, and less-than-spectacular results has been the only course of treatment for advanced nasal problems. While it may be effective in many cases, it does not always address the problems of nasal blockage caused by narrow nasal valves.

Airway Remodeling

The VIVAER treatment, performed in your doctor’s office, is a non-invasive procedure without any incisions. Your nasal valve area is gently reshaped using low-temperature radiofrequency energy with lasting results. Immediately after treatment, you’ll begin to experience a noticeable improvement in nasal breathing.