The Team at Oasis ENT Are Specialists in Treating Sinusitis
Sinusitis is a common condition that affects over 30 million people in the United States every year.
The sinuses are air-filled cavities located behind the forehead, cheeks, and eyes. Normally, mucus can flow out and air can circulate freely in the sinuses. However, when there is inflammation and swelling in the sinuses, it can cause blockages and prevent proper drainage of mucus. As a result, infections can develop, leading to various symptoms such as facial pain, pressure, congestion, headache, and post-nasal drip. At OASIS ENT, our team of specialists has extensive experience in providing effective relief and solutions for your sinus-related issues.
What Causes Sinusitis?
A number of factors can cause irritation and contribute to sinusitis, including:
In addition, some studies have shown that structural issues such as narrowed drainage pathways may lead to sinusitis outbreaks.
Common symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Loss of smell or bad breath
- Headache and facial pain or tenderness
- Lack of energy
- Nasal congestion and discharge
- Sore throat and postnasal drip
Types of Sinusitis
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Learn more about the sinusitis treatment options offered by Dr. Osborne and Dr. Smedley at Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat.
- Medical therapy
- Office balloon sinus dilation
- Endoscopic sinus surgery
Latera Absorbable Nasal Implant
The LATERA nasal implant is used to support upper and lower lateral cartilage in the nose, reinforcing the nasal wall like traditional cartilage and polymer grafts. Supporting the cartilage in this manner may reduce nasal airway obstruction symptoms and help patients breathe better.
The LATERA implant supports the upper and lower lateral cartilage by anchoring above the maxilla to provide cantilever support.
Learn more about the Latera Absorbable Nasal Implant and schedule an appointment at Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat to find out if Latera is right for you.
Constant Runny, Stuffy Nose? We Have a Treatment for That.
Do you suffer from frequent runny nose, congestion and post-nasal drip even when you aren’t sick? You may have a condition called chronic rhinitis.
Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat offers a unique treatment solution for adults with these frustrating chronic rhinitis symptoms.
Using the patented ClariFix® cryotherapy device, we are able to go to the source of the problem, the inflamed nasal lining and out of balance nerves in the nose. The ClariFix® solution is:
- FDA cleared
- Minimally invasive
- Performed in our office
A clinical study demonstrated a significant decrease in runny nose & congestion symptoms with 4 out of 5 patients reporting long-lasting relief after ClariFix® cryotherapy.
Nasal Procedures at Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat
At Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat, we have a wide range of solutions for common nasal issues. Our physicians utilize cutting-edge treatment techniques, and our team is extensively trained and skilled in performing these procedures. Whether you are dealing with lateral wall collapse, nasal valve collapse, chronic rhinitis, or any other nasal problem, we can offer effective and durable solutions. Discover more about the treatment choices we provide and schedule an appointment at Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat to find the most suitable treatment for your condition!
Sinusitis Treatment: The Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat Approach to Medical Therapy
At Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat, we follow the established clinical guidelines for treating sinusitis. Our first line treatment is medical therapy—which may include a range of medications designed to address your particular illness and symptoms.
Depending on your needs, Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat may recommend:
Nasal Steroids for Treatment of Sinusitis
Nasal steroid sprays can decrease the swelling in the mucous membrane lining of the sinuses, which can help temporarily relieve symptoms. Some of our patients are reluctant to take medications containing steroids. Steroids can have side effects when taken over a longer period of time. You can find out more about steroid sprays in the package insert, or discuss possible side effects during your visit to Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat.
Antibiotics and Sinusitis
If sinus inflammation has led to the development of a bacterial infection, we may prescribe antibiotics to deal with symptoms related to that infection.
Decongestant Nasal Drops
Decongestant nose drops or nasal sprays aim to soothe the mucous membranes and reduce swelling. This may make it easier to breathe through your nose.
When Medical Therapy Fails—Advanced Treatment Options at Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat
At Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat we see many patients who suffer from chronic or recurrent acute sinusitis for whom medical therapy fails or only provides temporary relief. For these patients, we have developed expertise in more advanced treatment options, including Balloon Sinus Dilation and Endoscopic Sinus Surgery.
Sinusitis: We Are Experts in Minimally Invasive Solutions
Office sinus dilation is a minimally invasive option that can be performed by Dr. Osborne or Dr. Smedley right here, in our offices. The goal of office sinus dilation is to reshape anatomy to expand sinus pathways and restore drainage.
The procedure utilizes small balloons placed in key places in the nose and sinus, which are then dilated to expand the sinus pathways. It may be an effective, lasting option for some patients whose symptoms do not resolve with medication.
The benefits of office sinus dilation include:
- Delivers instant, lasting relief
- Convenient, comfortable office procedure
- Quick recovery—most patients return to normal activity in 24 hours
- May reduce healthcare costs
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Sinusitis Treatment: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
For some, medical therapy will not provide lasting relief from the symptoms of chronic or recurrent sinusitis. And balloon sinus dilation may not be an option.
In these instances, our doctors may suggest endoscopic sinus surgery, or ESS. The goal of ESS, like balloon sinus dilation, is to expand the sinus drainage pathways to help restore drainage and heal the sinus mucosa.
How Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Works
A doctor uses an endoscope, inserted through your nostrils, to view the passageways and sinus openings, and a series of micro-cutting instruments to remove obstructive or abnormal tissue. This tissue removal expands the openings to the sinuses and the pathways through which sinuses drain, helping clear sinuses and promote healing.
Clinical Benefits of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
In multiple studies, patients who receive functional endoscopic sinus surgery show a statistically significant improvement in symptoms and quality of life following surgery.
There are a number of approaches to ESS. Should you be a candidate for ESS, our doctors at Oasis Ear, Nose and Throat will discuss the option they recommend for you, as well as the risks associated with ESS.
Recovery From Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Recovery times for ESS vary, based on the extent of the procedure. Many people return to normal activities within one to two weeks following surgery.