Nasal Obstruction Specialist

Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist

Silenso Clinic

Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in San Diego, CA

It’s frustrating to live with a nasal obstruction; even if it only affects one nostril, your breathing problems can lead to sleep, concentration, and exercise issues. At Silenso Clinic in San Diego, California, Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS, can diagnose and treat your nasal obstruction with a variety of surgeries and minimally invasive treatments. To breathe easier with advanced nasal obstruction treatments, call Silenso Clinic, or book an appointment online today.

Nasal Obstruction Q&A

What is nasal obstruction?

Nasal obstruction happens when a structure in your nose blocks the free flow of air when you breathe. You might have an obstruction in one nostril or on both sides. Even if nasal obstruction only affects one of your nostrils, the breathing difficulties that come with it can greatly affect your day-to-day life. 

Nasal obstruction often comes from acute illnesses that are highly treatable, like the common cold. However, nasal obstruction can also be a chronic issue stemming from a structural abnormality within your nose or a chronic condition like allergies. 

If you have nasal obstruction, your symptoms might reach beyond breathing problems. You might have trouble getting adequate sleep at night or trouble exercising because of your breathing problems.

Your provider at Silenso Clinic evaluates you and might conduct imaging tests using a computed tomography (CT) scan to locate and diagnose the obstruction. Then, they create an individualized treatment plan to improve your breathing. 

What causes nasal obstruction?

There are many different possible causes of nasal obstruction, and getting an accurate diagnosis is essential to successful treatment. A few possible causes are:

  • Deviated septum
  • Cold and flu
  • Allergies
  • Nasal polyps
  • Inferior turbinate hypertrophy (irritated turbinates)
  • Foreign objects

Any of these conditions or complications can create a significant blockage in your airway and cause breathing problems. You’re at a higher risk of getting some form of nasal obstruction if you have a family history of nasal obstructions, injuries affecting your nose, nasal surgery, or allergies to airborne allergens like pet dander or pollen. 

What are my treatment options for nasal obstruction?

Treating your nasal obstruction depends on the cause of your nasal obstruction. Your provider at Silenso Clinic goes over your options with you and discusses your preferences and needs. In many cases, nasal obstruction is treatable without surgery. 

Procedures available at Silenso Clinic that can treat various forms of nasal obstruction include:

Inferior turbinates reduction

During inferior turbinates reduction, your provider performs surgery to reduce the size of the turbinates in your sinuses. The turbinates are structures in your sinuses that help warm and humidify the air you breathe.

Nasal valve surgery

Nasal valve surgery reshapes your airways within your nose and improves the airflow. 

Endoscopic septoplasty

Endoscopic septoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery to correct a deviated septum. Your provider uses a slender lighted camera to adjust the position of your septum.


VivAer is a minimally invasive radiofrequency procedure to expand your nasal airway without surgery.


Latera is a dissolvable implant that your provider places to hold your nostrils open for better breathing. 

You don’t have to learn to live with your breathing problems caused by a nasal obstruction. Call Silenso Clinic, or book an appointment online for evaluation and treatment today.

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