Nasal Blockage and Congestion? Snoring?
It’s not easy to enjoy life when your nose is constantly blocked. Good sleep is next to impossible; vigorous exercise is out of the question. Your attitude is affected, and it feels like your health is at stake.
45% percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally, and 25% percent are habitual snorers. Males and people who are overweight have a higher percentage of snoring and sleep problems, and their problems usually worsens with age. Snoring may be an indication of obstructed breathing and should not be taken lightly. Our doctors can help you to determine where the anatomic source of your snoring may be, and offer solutions for this noisy, often embarrassing, and possibly dangerous disorder.
Now there’s a simple, one-time treatment that can open your nasal passages and restore free breathing without surgery.
VIVAER Airway Remodeling
VIVAER® Nasal Airway Remodeling can be performed in minutes, in the office or outpatient center, as a non-invasive treatment. VIVAER Nasal Airway Remodeling uses a low-temperature process that gently reshapes tissue of the nasal airway to help you breathe easier right away.
Am I a Candidate for VIVAER?
Patients with decreased airflow through the nasal cavity could have a collapsed nasal wall causing the nostrils to fall inward, closing off the airway during sleep or while exercising. Airflow can also be restricted if excess or bulky tissue causes narrowing of the nasal valve.
Try this simple test to discover if you’ll benefit from Nasal Airway Remodeling.
Place one or two finger tips on your cheeks on either side of your nose. Gently, press and pull outward. This temporarily opens the nasal valve. If doing this helps you inhale more easily through your nose, or if you benefit from snoring/strips used at night, your nasal congestion may be due to narrowing in your nasal valve which is restricting the airflow through your nose. If this is the case, you may be a candidate for VIVAER Nasal Airway Remodeling.
Treating a blocked or narrowed nasal valve
For a long time the only solutions to open the nasal valve area were to use breathing strips while sleeping, or have surgery, which were invasive, sometimes painful, with long recovery periods, and could get expensive. Now there are much less invasive options to treat nasal valve narrowing.
How does VIVAER work?
Unlike traditional surgery, the VIVAER Nasal Airway Remodeling treatment is a non-invasive procedure, that does not involve any cutting of tissue. The procedure is done in our office, and patients can return to normal daily activities in the same day.
The VIVAER Nasal Airway Remodeling device works by applying low temperature radio-frequency energy to tighten and contract the tissue and cartilage in the patient’s nose, reshaping the nasal valve area to allow for better airflow. Patients experience an immediate and noticeable improvement in nasal breathing.
Before the procedure is performed, computed tomography (CT) scans may be taken to reveal exactly how the airflow through the nasal cavity is being affected by the blockage. The wand-like nasal airway remodeling device then targets energy toward the affected areas. No anesthesia is needed, and there’s no sustained recovery period, complications or risks, or large hospital bills as would be the case after invasive surgery under general anesthesia.
- The treatment is performed under local anesthesia, giving you the option to drive yourself to & from the appointment.
- Your doctor will first numb the inside of your nose with cotton balls soaked in topical anesthetic. After a few minutes your doctor will remove the cotton balls & further numb your nose with a brief injection of local anesthesia.
- Next, your doctor will position the VIVAER stylus just inside the front part of your nasal passage. By pressing the stylus gently in place, the doctor starts a treatment cycle that lasts 18 seconds. They stylus stays in place for another 12 seconds as the treated tissue cools.
- The same steps are repeated, usually, in three adjacent locations in the nasal passage. The procedure is repeated in the other nostril, and you’re finished.
- Since the procedure doesn’t require general anesthesia, you can leave shortly after the procedure is completed. You’ll feel relief immediately after the procedure, with even better results over the next couple of weeks and months.
- Your doctor will want to see you for a follow-up 4-6 weeks later & full benefits of the procedure will continue to be realized over the next 3 months.