Obstructive Nasal Breathing 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.

Obstructive Nasal Breathing Q & A


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 an 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








VivAer® Treatment

Lasting relief is possible.

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 by performing a non-invasive VivAer treatment to open your nasal airway.

Lasting Relief. 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.

Breathe better. Live better.

The VivAer treatment is clinically shown to provide high satisfaction and lasting relief. Patients typically return to normal daily activity the same day.*

  • 97% of patients experienced significant improvement in nasal breathing.
  • 94% of patients improved their ability to get enough air through their nose during exercise or exertion.
  • 89% of patients reported getting a better night’s sleep.


Am I a candidate for the VivAer® treatment?

To find out, take these two simple tests: 

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.

Did the Cottle’s maneuver help you breathe better? If so, you may be a candidate.












Schedule an appointment today!

Call:  (651)-888-7800 or Book online

*Individual results may vary.


What is chronic rhinitis?

Chronic rhinitis is persistent inflammation of the tissues lining the nose, resulting in symptoms such as a constant runny nose and often post-nasal drip, congestion, coughing, nasal itching, and sneezing. While symptoms may be related to allergies, symptoms from chronic rhinitis may occur all year.

This challenging condition can negatively impact your life in countless ways. And trying to find an effective treatment can be frustrating. Like many, you may manage your symptoms using medications and sprays. Unfortunately, these treatments only provide temporary relief. It’s only when the root cause of your rhinitis is addressed that you can expect to find real, lasting relief.

Symptoms of chronic rhinitis include:

  • Persistently runny nose
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itching and sneezing








RhinAer® Treatment

Lasting relief is possible

If any or all of the symptoms listed above sound familiar, you may be one of the millions of people living with chronic rhinitis. Until now, treatment often meant managing symptoms with medications and sprays. For many patients, these symptoms may be caused by abnormal signals in the nose. Now, your physician can offer you RhinAer to disrupt these signals and provide lasting relief. In a clinical study, patients treated with RhinAer experienced significant relief from chronic rhinitis symptoms. Patients typically return to normal activity on the same day.*

Lasting Relief: Provides lasting relief of symptoms including runny nose, post-nasal drip, and chronic cough.

Non-invasive solution: Minimal discomfort, no incisions, and can be performed in our office.

Live better: In a clinical study, patients reported significant improvements in their symptoms and quality of life.


Schedule an appointment today!

Call:  (651)-888-7800 or Book online

*Individual results may vary.


What is Obstructive Nasal Breathing?

This 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 Obstructive Nasal Breathing?

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 an Obstructive Nasal Breathing 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 an Obstructive Nasal Breathing treated?

Dr. Rosario takes an individualized approach to care and customizes your Obstructive Nasal Breathing 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.