Deviated Septum Specialist

Andros ENT & Sleep Center

Otolaryngology located in Inver Grove Heights, MN & Roseville, MN

With a deviated septum, the cartilage that separates your nostrils may be off-center, affecting the shape and structure of your nasal cavity. When a deviated septum affects your breathing or appearance, Inell Rosario, MD, at Andros ENT & Sleep Center in Inver Grove Heights and Roseville, Minnesota, can help. The experienced otolaryngologist offers nonsurgical and surgical treatments for a deviated septum. Call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.

Deviated Septum Q & A

What is a deviated septum?

A deviated septum is a structural abnormality that affects your nasal septum, which is the thin piece of cartilage that separates the two nostrils in your nose. With a deviated septum, your nasal septum is off-center, making one nasal passage smaller than the other. 

The structural problem affects the breathing pattern through your nose and the moist mucosal tissue that lines your nasal cavity. When one nostril gets more airflow than the other, it dries the mucosal tissue, leading to swelling and inflammation. 

A deviated septum may impair breathing through the nose. 

You may be born with a deviated septum or it may occur after an injury to the nose. 

What are the symptoms of a deviated septum?

Most people with a deviated septum have no symptoms. However, depending on the severity of the deviation, your nasal abnormality may cause problems such as:

  • Nasal congestion or obstruction
  • Nosebleeds
  • Facial pain
  • Noises when you sleep

At Andros ENT & Sleep Center, Dr. Rosario recommends that you schedule a consultation for your deviated septum if it causes nasal blockage, affects your breathing, or seems to be the underlying cause of frequent sinus infections. 

What happens during a deviated septum evaluation?

When you visit Andros ENT & Sleep Center for a deviated septum evaluation, you can expect a patient-focused exam. Dr. Rosario cares for patients of all ages and is a pediatric ENT specialist.

During your deviated septum consultation, she reviews your symptoms and medical history and examines your nasal cavity before making a diagnosis.

How is a deviated septum treated?

Dr. Rosario takes an individualized approach to care and customizes your deviated septum treatment plan based on the severity of your deviation and symptoms. 

When possible, she takes a nonsurgical approach, prescribing nasal sprays, antihistamines, and corticosteroids to decrease inflammation in your nasal cavity to improve breathing.

However, if your deviated septum is severe and obstructs your breathing or affects the look or shape of your nose, Dr. Rosario may recommend a rhinoplasty.

During a rhinoplasty, the skilled otolaryngologist fixes the nasal septum deviation to improve nostril symmetry and breathing. 

To discuss treatment options for your deviated septum, schedule an appointment at Andros ENT & Sleep Center. Call the office most convenient to you or click the online booking button today.