CBS46 Atlanta – Balloon Technology Brings Relief to Sinusitis Sufferers

Dr. Daniel Carothers demonstrates balloon sinuplasty used to treat chronic sinusitis. Click here to watch the CBS news report and demonstration.

Balloon sinus dilation is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic or recurrent sinusitis. In a balloon sinus dilation procedure, your physician uses a small balloon to dilate or expand the sinus opening and drainage pathways to restore sinus drainage. Balloon sinus dilation is a comfortable procedure that can be performed right here in our office. The local anesthesia you’ll receive is similar to what is used in dental offices. In many cases it offers instant and lasting relief. This option can also reduce your treatment costs compared to alternative procedures.

Speech Pathologists Provide Services for Disorders of the Voice

mother and daughterAt the ENT Institute, we are proud to include fully licenses speech pathologists on our staff for those with voice, swallowing, and speech/communication disorders. Our goals are to help patients communicate more clearly, easily, effectively, and confidently; and/or swallow (eat/drink) more easily, confidently, and safely. We understand the fears and frustrations that may coincide with these types of disorders, and we are here to help you.

We recognize that even the minor symptoms you experience can be irritating and possibly interfere with daily life. Your concerns and questions are taken very seriously, no matter how small or large they might seem. The speech pathology approach here at the ENT Institute involves consistent communication with you in order to arrive at an individually tailored treatment plan together that can easily fit into your daily life.

Give us a call if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • voice changes lasting longer than two weeks (especially if you smoke)
  • pain in your throat when talking that is not from a cold or flu
  • a severe change in your voice (or complete loss of voice) lasting longer than a few days that is not associated with a cold or the flu
  • persistent voice changes that inhibit your ability to do your normal activities
  • vocal fatigue
  • hoarseness or other change in the pitch/timbre or quality of your voice
  • a loss in a portion of your speaking or singing range
  • tightness/discomfort or burning sensation in your throat
  • a sensation of something stuck in your throat
  • difficulty making your voice sufficiently loud or soft
  • breathlessness when you speak
  • tremor quality or abrupt starts and stops of your voice that you have difficulty controlling
  • a feeling of the need to cough or clear your throat frequently

To learn more about our Atlanta speech services or to schedule an appointment if you are in the Atlanta area, from Lawrenceville to Alpharetta, give us a call at any of our offices!

Treating Your Sleep Disorder—Sleep Apnea

sleep disorder treatment in AlpharettaMore than 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder, and many of the sufferers are completely unaware of it.

If you have been told you have sleep apnea, you have likely heard of CPAP therapy as one of the most effective ways to treat sleep apnea.

Is it the right option for you?

There are some difficulties that come with CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure. It requires people to wear a mask while they sleep, and many people find this difficult.

CPAP therapy can make traveling inconvenient because it needs to be packed and brought wherever you go.

Don’t Leave Sleep Apnea Untreated

If you have sleep apnea, it might be tempting to leave it untreated. But if you do that, you are opening yourself to serious health risks, such as heart problems, diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure.

If you don’t want CPAP therapy, there are other possibilities you can explore for sleep apnea treatment.

Other Ways to Treat Sleep Apnea

None of these will provide a quick fix to your sleep apnea, but you can try lifestyle changes to help lessen the severity of your sleep apnea. These include:

  • A different sleep position—especially if you have milder sleep apnea. Sleeping on your side can help. You can look into sensor technology for this—or simply sew a tennis ball on the back of your pajamas to keep you from lying on your back.
  • Weight loss—even losing 10 pounds can help. The less fat you have on your neck, the better your airways are unobstructed.
  • Exercise—better muscle tone can help lessen the severity of sleep apnea.
  • Throat exercises.

Find Out More About Treating Sleep Apnea

Talk to your doctor at ENT Institute about which treatment options for snoring or sleep apnea would be best for you if you are in the Atlanta area, from Lawrenceville to Alpharetta.