Nasal and Sinus Treatment Solutions

Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center -  - Otolaryngologist

Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center

ENT, Chinese Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Facial Pain Dentistry located in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Saint Charles, and Schaumburg, IL


Ever feel like you can't get enough air through your nose?

Nasal Airway Obstruction feels like you have a congested or blocked nose, and it can significantly affect the quantity of air you can inhale.

Want to Breathe and Sleep Better?

Chronic Sinusitis and Nasal Airway Obstruction can leave you feeling tired during the day! You probably also feel miserable from recurring facial pain and pressure. Why do you keep putting off a treatment solution? Many of our new patients tell us they wanted to avoid sinus surgery. We understand how you feel, which is why were offer these EFFECTIVE, NON-SURGICAL, TREATMENT SOLUTIONS, covered by the majority of insurance plans.

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VIVAER® a better non-invasive nasal airway remodeling solution!

Until now, finding a long-term solution for nasal congestion often meant surgery. Now, you can have long-lasting relief without nasal surgery (or incisions) with the VivAer® treatment.

VIVAER® gives you a treatment for nasal airway obstruction that offers significant benefits without disadvantages.

It's Convenient, Fast, Straightforward

  • performed in the comfort of an office setting
  • requires only local anesthetic
  • total procedure time is less than 15 minutes
  • you can return to your normal activities right away

Simple, Non-Invasive, Unique

  • no incisions or cutting
  • no destruction or removal of tissue
  • no implants, no exterior change
  • uses a proven, proprietary technology that gently reshapes your nasal airway with radiofrequency

It's Effective, Proven, Documented

Clinical studies in Europe and the US have shown significant improvement in nasal obstruction symptoms, previously seen only in invasive surgical treatment, with 94% response to treatment, 88% overall patient satisfaction, and 0% device related serious adverse effects.

VIVAER® Nasal Airway Remodeling - goes beyond traditional treatment options, delivers results beyond expectations.



RhinAer® or Clarifix® , a simple treatment for the runny nose and post-nasal drip!

Embarrassed that your nose drips throughout the day? Frustrated that you have to always have a tissue with you?

A runny nose can be such a nuisance! If you suffer from excessive nasal drainage, or have to frequently blow or wipe your nose, you may benefit from a minimally invasive in-office procedure designed to calm the nerves responsible for the excessive nasal drip. Dr. Ryan Vaughn, Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center, was the first physician to offer this procedure in Illinois following FDA approval.

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Balloon Sinuplasty Provides LongLasting Relief from Sinus Pain!

Are you suffering from frequent or severe sinus infections? Are you frustrated by the constant struggle to breathe free? Have you given up hope that safe, effective, and affordable solutions can give you lasting relief? You don’t have to live with the suffering. There is a modern minimally-invasive solution that will give you the relief that you need without the discomfort of associated with hospital sinus surgery procedures.

Since 2005, more than a half million patients have received lasting relief with an astounding balloon sinuplasty success rate of 95%. Unlike medications, this FDA cleared procedure directly addresses the underlying cause of infection. Unlike hospital sinus surgery procedures, this solution could be comfortably performed in the doctor’s office without the need for permanent removal of bone and tissue. Balloon sinuplasty patient reviews from across the country have shown the exceptional life-changing benefits of this technological advancement in sinus infection treatment.

Do you chronically suffer from some or all of the following symptoms?

  • Stuffy Nose
  • Sinus Headaches
  • Facial Pain
  • Congestion
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Bad Breath

Then Balloon Sinuplasty may be the right treatment options for you!


Balloon Sinuplasty, also called Balloon Dilation involves three primary steps:

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A tiny catheter is inserted into the sinus cavity and is precisely placed in the area of the sinus blockage.

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 A balloon located in the catheter is gently inflated to open up the sinus blockage.

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The catheter is removed, allowing the sinus cavity to be cleaned. Once the blockage is open, the natural process of sinus drainage is restored.

Balloon sinuplasty risks are minimal since there is no cutting or removing of tissue. Since this procedure is done from the comfort and convenience of the office, there are no additional risks from hospital infection or anesthesia reaction. Ready for a new ‘normal life,’ free from sinus pain and pressure? If you are suffering from chronic sinus infections, you can improve your quality of life for years to come with balloon sinuplasty!

Incisionless Septoplasty - nasal airway remodeling treatment, a simpler way to Fix a Deviated Septum.

Self-conscious over your slightly crooked nose or nostrils? A deviated septum actually impacts your breathing. Some people even say they notice a slight whistle from their nostrils. Are you frustrated with frequent sinus infections just on one side of your face? A deviated septum could be a contributing cause.

Incisionless Septoplasty or No-Scalpel Septoplasty:

This incisionless technique uses pressurized inflatable dilators to remodel the nasal septal spurs and deflection that lead to nasal blockage.

Fast and Convenient Treatment to Correct a Deviated Septum

  • performed in the comfort of an office setting
  • requires only local anesthetic
  • you can return to your normal activities right away

Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center may perform this procedure alongside other nasal procedures, such as balloon sinuplasty, turbinate reduction, or nasal valve collapse repair. Correction of nasal septal deformities is often critical for patients with nasal blockage and chronic congestion.

Sinuva® & Propel® eliminate the need for those nasty tasting nasal steroid sprays.

Nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis often respond to steroids such as prednisone or Medrol. Sinuva and Propel are products designed to slowly and safely deliver anti-inflammatory medication, often allowing patients the ability to avoid taking oral (or systemic) prednisone or Medrol. Dr. Ryan Vaughn was the first provider in Illinois to place Sinuva following FDA approval.

Acupuncture Assisted Procedures:

Utilizing the ancient Eastern teaching of acupuncture and acupressure, we offer acupuncture both before and following procedures performed in our office. This is shown to help reduce anxiety, improve recovery from anesthesia, decrease pain, and decrease nausea.

Additional procedures offered at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center

  • Endoscopic sinus surgery: When patients suffer from severe forms of sinusitis, they may need endoscopic sinus surgery. Dr. Ryan Vaughn is highly skilled at performing this procedure and has performed over 1,000 of these operations.
  • Septoplasty: Running down the middle of your nose is the septum. This structure should sit squarely in the middle of our breathing passages. When it has been displaced from the middle, it can lead to nasal airway blockage. Dr. Ryan Vaughn is highly skilled in performing traditional open septoplasty and is also proud to provide the option of in office Tract-balloon septoplasty which results in faster recovery with less discomfort.
  • Revision septoplasty: If your previous septoplasty failed to produce the improvement in your nasal breathing that you were hoping for, Dr. Ryan Vaughn has performed numerous revision septoplasty operations allowing patients the ability to finally breathe easily through their nose.
  • Revision endoscopic sinus surgery: There are many reasons that patients can continue to suffer from chronic sinusitis following endoscopic sinus surgery. Dr. Ryan Vaughn will work with you to determine if one of those factors could be controlled by revising the previous surgery to optimize sinus and nasal function.
  • Cone Beam CT Scanning: Dr. Ryan Vaughn is proud to provide in office CT scanning which provides patients not only convenience, but he has thoughtfully selected a CT scanner which drastically reduces the amount of radiation you would be exposed to if you were to have the same scan performed with traditional CT imaging used at hospitals and imaging centers.



We recognize that many people suffer from a disabling fear of needles. While some of the procedures we do at Exhale involve hypodermic needles and sometimes anaesthesia, we have developed practices that help us work successfully with people that suffer with this condition. Please do not avoid or delay a necessary procedure if you suffer from Trypanophobia.


If you suffer from Trypanophobia please let us know. Our regular office visits do not involve hypodermic needles. But if you are recommended for a procedure we will most likely need to use them. If we know that this is a struggle for you we have special procedures we adopt, including:

  • Mindful scheduling
  • Prescriptions for medications that may be helpful
  • Relaxing pre-operative procedures including acupressure
  • Sensory depriving techniques that limit the stimulation to your nervous system


Please make sure to mention that you would like these services when we begin scheduling your procedure.