Treatment Options for Nasal Septal Deviation

Treatment Options for Nasal Septal Deviation

Treatment Options for Nasal Septal Deviation

A nasal septal deviation can affect your ability to breathe through your nose. Your ear, nose, and throat specialist can help. Dr. Christine Gilliam at Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, provides a wide range of ear, nose, throat, and sinus services, including treatment of a nasal septal deviation.

What You Need To Know About a Nasal Septal Deviation

You may have a deviated septum due to a genetic bone abnormality or trauma to your nose. When you have a deviated septum, you might experience:

  • Problems breathing through your nose
  • Reduced oxygen flow to your organs
  • Sinus headaches and sinus infections
  • Increased respiratory symptoms when you have a cold or the flu
  • Louder and more frequent snoring

A deviated septum can also increase your risk of developing sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder which reduces oxygen to your vital organs. Your ENT doctor can test you for sleep apnea and recommend types of sleep apnea treatment, including:

An oral mandibular advancement appliance, which is a dental appliance that holds your lower jaw forward. It keeps your airway open during the night.

A continuous positive airway pressure appliance, also known as a CPAP, which provides a constant supply of oxygen, which you breathe through a nosepiece during the night.

Your ENT doctor can treat a nasal septal deviation by reducing swelling in the lining of the nose. This increases the size of the nasal airways to make breathing easier. Your ENT doctor may recommend:

  • Saline flushes
  • Decongestant medications
  • Antihistamine medications
  • Nasal steroid sprays

In some cases, nasal surgery, known as septoplasty, may be recommended to realign the nasal septum. These are just a few quick facts you need to know about septoplasty:

  • It’s an outpatient procedure, so you need to bring a driver with you who can drive you home afterward
  • Septoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and takes 25 to 45 minutes
  • Septoplasty is performed completely through the nose, with no external scarring or change to the exterior of the nose
  • Nasal splints are placed to hold the septum in place during healing
  • Septoplasty requires 5 to 7 days of healing time, so it’s best to be off work for this period
  • The splints are removed during a post-operative visit one week after your procedure

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Want To Know More?

To find out more about treatment options for nasal septal deviation, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Gilliam at Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX. You can reach her in the office by calling (210) 647-3838, so call today.