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Radiofrequency Ablation of the tongue base to treat OSA

ENT Services, Sleep Apnea

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of the tongue base

Dr. Andy Chung performs a minimally invasive, office based procedure known as radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The procedure takes place in the office over the course of five to eight treatments spread over several months.

Each procedure takes less than 30 minutes with the actual treatment to the tongue base lasting a few minutes using only local anesthesia.

All patients are able to drive themselves home immediately following the procedure.

RFA is safe, effective and shown to be a great alternative to CPAP therapy.

How does RFA work?

RFA directs small amounts of targeted energy to the base of the tongue using a minimally invasive device. Following the procedures, the treated area heals which results in tissue tightening and permanent reduction in size of the tongue base, which directly prevents the tongue from blocking the airway while the patient is sleeping.

Why is RFA an effective treatment option for OSA?

In contrast to other surgeries that require a trip to the operating room, the RFA procedure has a far shorter recovery time and significantly less pain.  Most RFA patients experience a few days of discomfort with only minimal narcotics and over-the-counter painkillers if necessary.  This procedure has shown consistent positive results in treating sleep disorders secondary to OSA.

What are the treatment benefits?

  • Lessen daytime sleepiness
  • Improve concentration and memory
  • Decrease risk for heart disease, heart failure, and stroke
  • Reduce the risk of car accidents
  • Improve mood and energy

Are you a candidate for RFA?

If you show signs of sleep apnea you may be a candidate.

A sleep study is required for all patients looking to diagnose the severity of their OSA. If you haven’t had a sleep study, Dr. Chung can refer you to take one.

Find out whether RFA is the best treatment option for you. Contact me today at 972-566-8300 to schedule your consultation that is convenient for you.

 

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Are Sinus Infections or Allergies Impacting Your Health?

Allergies, ENT Services, Sinuses

Am I Sick?

You know when your symptoms indicate something worse than a cold. Your sinuses are tight, you have an awful headache, mucous is changing colors, and everything tastes like cardboard. Is it an allergy or a sinus infection? And how do you find sinus relief?

How Do You Tell?

35 million people have allergic reactions to seasonal stimulants and an additional 7 million people suffer from sinus infections. What indicates a sinus infection?

  1. Pain in the sinuses
  2. Constricted breathing
  3. Debilitating headache
  4. Fatigue
  5. Loss of smell and taste.
  6. Dark yellow or green sinus drainage.

There are several causes: viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. Two common sources of infection are outcomes of the common cold or seasonal allergies. Sinus infections dry up when allergy relief is provided. While sinus infections often improve on their own, they can also get worse and last a long time. It is never a good idea to allow infections to go unchecked, as infections close to the brain are dangerous.

Where Do I Go for Help?

How do you find sinus relief? You will need the help of an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist, called an otolaryngologist. One of the most respected ENT surgeons in the nation is Dr. Andy Chung, an industry leader. He is internationally recognized, board certified and fellowship-trained. Dr. Chung was recognized as one of “The Best Doctors” by DMagazine in 2013.

Dr. Chung’s treatment protocols include saline nasal spray, nasal corticosteroids, decongestants, and over-the-counter pain relievers. Most cases of bacterial sinusitis improve without antibiotics; viral or fungal sinusitis will not respond to antibiotic medications. Antibiotic treatment is needed if the bacterial infection is severe.

What Is Sinuplasty?

When your painful sinusitis is persistent and resistant, a cutting edge medical technique, Balloon Sinuplasty, provides sinus relief.

Dr. Chung is a leading practitioner in Balloon Sinuplasty, a non-surgical intervention which uses balloons in the same way that angioplasty uses balloons. This procedure allows Dr. Chung to insert a catheter into the inflamed sinus tissues. Then, Dr. Chung uses balloons to drain sinuses—thereby providing immediate sinus relief. It takes two days to recover; a boon for those without the luxury of a week off.

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When to See an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist

Allergies, Ears, ENT Services, Sinuses, Sleep Apnea, Surgery, Uncategorized

What is an ENT doctor? What does and ENT do? Who needs to see an ENT? These are questions many people may not be able to answer. Unfortunately, thousands of people need to see an ENT doctor, but they do not know it yet. We answer those questions here so that you can make an informed choice about your ear, nose and throat health

What is an ENT?

An ENT doctor specializes in issues of the ear, nose and throat. The medical term for an ENT is Otolaryngology. If you are experiencing problems with your ear, nose and throat, an ENT is the correct doctor to help treat your symptoms. An ENT doctor is able to determine if there are any connections.

What Does the ENT Doctor Do?

Ear Problems

The ENT doctor holds dual medical degrees in the areas of medical and surgical fields. If you are prone to regular ear infections, hearing loss, unbalanced steps, or pain and ringing in your ear, it is time to see and ENT professional. Even if you have congenital ear disorders, the ENT can help.

Nose Concerns

The nose is another area that the ENT can treat and manage. If you are like thousands of other people, you might suffer from sinusitis or sinus related problems. Sinus problems affect your breathing and your sense of smell. Severe sinus problems may require surgery, since your nasal cavity, your nose and your sinus are all involved.

Throat Symptoms

Constant sore throats, problems eating and swallowing, problems speaking, singing and eating, and indigestion, indicate a potential throat problem. Any of these symptoms are not normal. In fact, these symptoms require further testing. The ENT doctor can diagnose, treat and manage any and all of these problems.

An ear, nose and throat specialist is qualified and trained to treat and manage various diseases. You are not alone. Thousands of sufferers have no idea of the extensive medical training of an ear, nose and throat specialist.

An ENT can treat diseases related to trauma and deformities of the face, head and neck, and also tumors. The specialist can perform reconstructive and cosmetic surgery to alleviate these issues.

Who Needs to See an ENT?

Anyone who is suffering from: allergies, nose bleeds, sinus problems, GERD, breathing problems, ear, nose and throat birth defects, abnormal growths or tumors in the face, ears, neck, or nose, should see and ear, nose and throat specialist. Contact Dr. Andy Chung today to schedule an appointment.

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Why Are My Sinuses Worse in Winter?

Allergies, ENT Services, Sinuses

Many patients suffer from sinus issues all year round, but discover that these problems worsen during winter months. There are several reasons for the flare-up or worsening of sinus problems during the cold winter months. By understanding what is triggering your sinus problems, you can determine the correct path to finding sinus relief.

Dry Air

In most of the country, the air is less humid in the winter time. This dry air dries out the sinuses and exacerbates any existing sinus problems that you have. In addition, indoor air becomes dryer as the heat runs.

Fragrances

Another contributing factor to wintertime sinus problems is the amount of fragrances in the air. In winter, homes and offices are closed up to keep cold air out and warm air in. During the holidays and even during the entire winter, people use fragrances and candles to increase holiday spirit and decrease musty smells from keeping doors and windows closed. All of these chemicals and scents can combine to irritate your sinuses.

Mold

Mold can be a problem, even if you think your home is mold free. Christmas trees and wreaths made of live branches can carry small mold spores that can irritate your sinuses. Your artificial tree and decorations may also be contaminated with mold if not stored properly during the summer.

Carpets and Furniture

Carpets and furniture can harbor dust and other allergens that irritate the sinuses. Again, when wintertime arrives, your house is closed up and allergens stay inside. This is a good reason to switch to hardwood or tile floors, as these types of flooring do not harbor allergens and other irritations that can wreak havoc on your sinuses.

Pets

During the winter, your pets will most likely spend more time in the house with you, especially if you live in a locale that experiences a lot of snow, rain or other inclement weather that is not conducive to outdoor play for your pets. Proper, regular grooming is a must, especially when your pet is spending the majority of his time inside with you.

There are many options available for sinus relief. It is important to consult your doctor or healthcare professional before attempting any of these solutions. Choosing the wrong option can make your sinus issues worse. Contact our offices today for an appointment so we can properly diagnose and treat your winter sinus issues.

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The Source of Sinus Pain and Pressure

Allergies, ENT Services, Sinuses

Nothing is more irritating and bothersome than sinus pain or pressure. When you are suffering from pain or pressure around the sinuses, finding appropriate solutions to obtain sinus relief must start from identifying the cause. Although every situation is different, there are common causes of sinus pain and pressure.

Sensitivity or Allergies

If you notice that your sinus pressure flares up during a particular time of the year, then the problem might actually relate to allergies. Even sensitivity to particular items, like pollen or dust, may cause sinus pain and pressure.

Allergies and sensitivities are relatively simple to manage. An appropriate allergy medication will usually clear up the pressure and pain so that it is easier to breathe. When sinus discomfort is related to allergies, you may notice other symptoms, such as itchy eyes or hay fever, which can help you determine the appropriate treatment solutions.

Sinus Blockage

A sinus blockage is another common reason that sinus pain or pressure may build up over time. A blockage refers to any time that the small space in the sinus is blocked. That causes mucus to build up and can make it hard to breathe.

Clearing the blockage will usually provide some sinus relief.

Extra Sinus

An extra sinus narrows down the transition space in the nose, which increases the risk of a blockage. Roughly 10 percent of people have an extra sinus and may suffer from chronic sinus pain or pressure.

Narrow Sinuses

Narrow sinuses mean that the transition passage in the nose is longer than average. As a result, it takes more time to drain and may cause pain or pressure. Narrow sinuses are the result of genetics and do not relate to environmental factors.

It is irritating when the nose is blocked and sinus pressure builds up. Although it can be troublesome, solutions are available to help when sinus pain and pressure builds up and causes headaches. Contact Dr. Andy Chung, ENT, today to learn more about your options for sinus relief.

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