Many people suffer from stuffy, blocked or congested nose and it can cause significant health problems. If this is going on for months or years, it will have a major impact on your daily activities, working out and sleeping. This can lead to mouth breathing, snoring, daytime sleepiness and even sleep apnea. This can have dramatic effects on quality of life.
The nose is a critical part of the airway and is well designed to prepare air for the lungs with humidification, warming, and cleaning. The nose and sinuses have over 30 defined functions, so there is a lot going on in there. Mouth breathing bypasses all of this air conditioning and instead air flows through the dirtiest part of the body, the mouth. As you can imagine, this leads to many negative health effects.
The narrowest part of the nose is in the nostril and is called the nasal valve. Problems in this area are the most common cause of nasal obstruction and include deviated septum and inferior turbinate hypertrophy. One key component of the nasal valve is the nasal sidewall or nostril, which can be narrowed by trauma, age, genetics or abnormal nasal growth. When the nostril collapses in while breathing it is called nasal valve collapse. A new non-invasive treatment, Vivaer nasal remodeling has been developed to treat this collapse.
Vivaer Nasal Airway Remolding is one of the most exciting new office procedures for nasal obstruction. Vivaer is a non-invasive treatment used to reshape the nostril cartilages and open the nasal valve. Vivaer applies a radiofrequency energy through the skin inside the nose to gently heat and reshape the breathing cartilages without changing the outside appearance. The treatment takes about 20 minutes and is done with local anesthetic in the office. The best part is that there is no downtime!
Clinical studies have shown 94% of patients responded to treatment and 88% of patients were overall satisfied with the treatment. Studies have shown patients have a significant decrease in symptoms for multiple years after the use of Vivaer. Dr Compton has seen such great results, that he had the treatment done himself!
The best way to determine if this simple in office procedure can help you, is to visit a board- certified ENT who performs Vivaer. This doctor will determine the cause of your nasal obstruction and the best course of action. If you use Breathe rite strips frequently, consider reshaping the cartilages to throw those strips away for good.
You can talk with your primary care physician for a referral or search online for ENT doctors in your area. But remember, not all ENTs are offering this exciting new technology. Because Dr. Andrew Compton is an expert on the nasal airway, he was selected to offer this to his patients before it was available to other ENTs. He also offers many other surgical and in office solutions for your nasal problems in addition to Vivaer. Call and make an appointment today. He has an office in Troy as well as West Bloomfield.
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