In a study, a group of patients with nasal septal perforations were given prosthetic “buttons” to close up the hole and restore good laminar air flow. Placement of a button is a simple 15-20 minute outpatient procedure. Pre-treatment, the portion of the study group with the largest perforations had an AHI of 10.10. Post-treatment, after a button had been placed, AHI dropped down to 1.6.
If you want an easy way to check to see if you have a perforation without paying for a visit to an ENT, do NOT stick your finger in there and start feeling around! Instead, grab a very small flashlight, and go into a dark bathroom. Shine the light only up one nostril. Is the other nostril still dark? If so, you’re good. If not, then you likely have a perforation and should consider your options for closing it.