Nasal Obstruction

What is nasal obstruction? 

Many people with nasal obstruction experience difficulty breathing through their nose, habitual snoring, interrupted sleep and fatigue.Nasal obstruction is often caused by anatomical blockage in the nose, hindering airflow. As a result, you may feel congested or “stuffy”. Home remedies and medications may offer temporary relief. It’s only when your nasal airway is opened that you can expect to find real, lasting relief.

Common symptoms of nasal obstruction:    

  • Trouble breathing through your nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty breathing during physical exertion


If you regularly experience difficulty breathing through your nose and nothing seems to help, you may have nasal obstruction. Until now, finding a long-term solution often meant surgery. Now, your physician may be able to offer you lasting relief without surgery by performing the VivAer® procedure to open your nasal airway. An Aerin Console is used for the procedure. It is an electrosurgical system intended to generate radio-frequency electrical current for the use of an Aerin Medical Stylus. The Aerin Console is indicated for use in small clinic, office or hospital environments.

VivAer procedure 

The VivAer Stylus is indicated for use in otorhinolaryngology (ENT) surgery for the coagulation of soft tissue in the nasal airway, to treat nasal airway obstruction by shrinking submucosal tissue, including cartilage in the internal nasal valve areal. 

  • Lasting relief is possible without surgery. 
  • 97% of patients experienced significant improvement in nasal breathing.
  • Non-invasive solution: Minimal discomfort, no incisions, and can be performed in our office.
  • Live better: Clinically shown to significantly improve quality of life and provide long-lasting relief.


To find out, perform this simple test, called the Cottle’s maneuver. Did the Cottle’s maneuver help you breathe better? If so, you may be a candidate.

               STEP 1:  Place two fingertips on your cheeks, on each side of your nose. 

                STEP 2: Gently press and pull outward to further open your nasal passage. While holding, breathe through your nose.

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