This is a CT Scan of the face & sinuses.

Red - eyes with surrounding muscles

White - the maxillary sinuses filled with air (which is seen as black on CTs)

Yellow - the inferior turbinates (note how one is smaller than the other - this can change throughout the day)

Blue - areas of airflow into the nose

Purple - this marks the nasal septum which in this case is deviated to the side with a spur sticking out

This patient would experience chronic blockage on the side of the deviated septum and intermittent congestion and blockage on both sides.

Ironically the side without the deviated septum may have more blockage as the turbinate on that side has more room to swell up.

Have a stuffy or blocked nose? Do you snore or wake up tired? Trouble Inhaling deeply from your nose while practicing yoga? Poor nasal breathing keeping you from achieving deeper levels of meditation? Tired of mouth breathing when running? Like using Breath Rite strips but tired of buying & wearing them?

If any of these problems are familiar to you then please request an appointment or give us a call to find out effective, simple and long term solutions for your specific breathing problems.

This video shows the inside of the right nasal passage of a patient suffering from poor nasal breathing:

  1. Deviated Septum: this is the fixed blockage on the right side
  2. Enlarged Turbinate: this is the rounded structure causing blockage on the left side. Allergies can cause this structure to swell up even more
  3. Nostril Collapse: the structure moving in from the left is the inside of the nostril. This is why people wear Breath Rite Strips

Each patient has a unique anatomy and conditions causing their breathing problems. At The Nose Institute only customized solutions are offered so you can Breath Better, Sleep Better, Live Better!

A deviated Septum with inferior turbinate hypertrophy can cause significant blockage & difficulty for breathing in through the nose. This can result in trouble exercising, sleeping, meditating, fatigue and practicing yoga (alternate nostril breathing).

In this case we are looking inside the left nasal passage of a patient with snoring and trouble running due to mouth breathing.

The nasal septum (yellow dots) is blocking the entrance to the anterior nasal passage.

The turbinate (purple dots) is blocking the posterior nasal passage.

Airflow (blue dots) is markedly limited.

The second picture shows the results immediately after using and endoscopic / minimally invasive procedure to correct both the septum (septoplasty) and the turbinate (turbinoplasty).

Airflow has been markedly improved resulting in better sleep, health, & spiritual well being.