Trouble Breathing?

Do you suffer from the following symptoms?

  • Nasal congestion or stuffiness
  • Nasal blockage or obstruction
  • Trouble breathing through your nose
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Unable to get enough air through your nose during exercise or exertion
Farragut ENT may be able to help!

What is Nasal Airway Obstruction?

Nasal Airway Obstruction (NAO) is a condition that affects more than 20 million Americans. It is caused by a blocked airway or inflammation reducing the airflow through the nasal passage. 

What causes Nasal Airway Obstruction?

The slightest narrowing of the nasal passage can reduce your airflow. 70% of airflow to the lungs is delivered from the nasal passage, therefore even a slight reduction can have significant impact.

woman with a blocked airway or inflammation reducing the airflow through the nasal passage
The anatomy that contributes to nasal airway obstruction includes:
Nasal Valve Collapse (NVC)

Weak or excessively flexible upper / lower cartilage in the outer nasal wall may cause it to collapse inward when a person inhales.

Septal Deviation

The cartilage wall between the nostrils can bend and block the nasal passage.

Turbinate hypertrophy

Ridges of bone and tissue inside the nose can limit airflow when enlarged.

Our Treatment Options


You may benefit from Latera if your symptoms improve with the use of nasal strips during normal activity or sleep.

Latera is an absorbable nasal implant for the lateral wall. It works through supporting the cartilage and reducing the collapse of your lateral wall when you breathe in.

Latera is a minimally invasive treatment option done in a relaxed office setting. The procedure requires very little downtime and gets you back to your activities quickly.

turbinate reduction

If medical management hasn’t been the answer for you, a turbinoplasty may be. Farragut ENT offers a simple in office procedure to remove the excess tissue inside of the turbinate that causes it to swell when irritated.


If indicated by your history and comprehensive physical examination, straightening the wall between your two nostrils (septum), may significantly improve your nasal breathing. A simple procedure where the crooked pieces of your septum are removed and straighten to open up your nasal airway.