Does North Dallas ENT offer financing options?

Yes, North Dallas ENT offers financing options, including Care Credit. We also accept Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) debit cards for qualifying medical expenses.


What is the recommended treatment for nasal polyps?

Your doctor will work with you to develop the best, long-term treatment plan to manage your symptoms and to treat factors, such as allergies, that may contribute to chronic inflammation.  It should be noted, however, that no matter the treatment, nasal polyps may return. That is why it is important to determine the cause of your chronic inflammation so that we can help prevent nasal polyps from returning.


What causes nasal polyps to form?

Any condition that triggers chronic inflammation in your nasal passages or sinuses increases your risk of developing nasal polyps. Nasal polyps often result from chronic inflammation due to asthma, recurring infections (e.g., chronic sinusitis), allergies (e.g., airborne fungi), drug sensitivity (e.g., aspirin), or certain immune disorders.  Family history may also play a role, as certain genetic variations associated with immune system function make you more likely to develop nasal polyps.


How do you treat chronic rhinitis?

There are many options available to treat chronic rhinitis.  Your doctor may first take a medical management approach and prescribe medications, such as nasal antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids, or oral antihistamines to help alleviate your symptoms. There are also some home remedies like nasal irrigation that can help, as well as some over-the-counter nasal decongestant sprays.

Your doctor may also advise you to avoid triggers that cause your symptoms, such as wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, cleaning agents and household sprays, perfumes, and scented products. You may also be advised to quit smoking or not to be around people who smoke, especially if this is one of your triggers.

If you don’t respond to medical management of your symptoms, your doctor may prescribe ClariFix treatment for chronic rhinitis (this treatment is only available by prescription).


What is chronic rhinitis?

Chronic rhinitis affects more than 24 million people in the United States. It is a recurrent nasal blockage/discharge that doesn’t resolve on its own, and symptoms often result from the constant irritation or inflammation of the inner lining of the nose.  One of the most common characteristics of chronic rhinitis is a postnasal drip, which is mucus that accumulates in the back of the nose and throat that drips down from the back of the nose. Postnasal drip may lead to a chronic sore throat, a chronic cough, or throat clearing.


What is the recommended treatment for a deviated septum?

A septoplasty is the preferred surgical treatment to correct a deviated septum and improve breathing. It is a minor, minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure.  The procedure can frequently be done in the office under local anesthesia with oral sedation. The procedure is performed entirely through the nostrils where the surgeon makes a small incision in the septum and then removes the excess bone or cartilage required to even out the breathing space of the nostrils.


What are the symptoms of a deviated septum?

The most common symptom of a deviated septum is nasal congestion. Symptoms are usually worse on one side, and sometimes occur on the side opposite the bend.  Other symptoms include difficulty breathing, recurrent or repeated sinus infections, frequent nosebleeds, facial pain, headaches, loud breathing, snoring and mild sleep apnea. For some patients, the crooked septum can interfere with the drainage of the sinuses, resulting in repeated sinus infections.


What are the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction?

Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can be life-threatening, requiring immediate emergency care.  Call 911 if you or a loved one is experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Throat swelling
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramping
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Fainting
  • Swollen or Itchy Lips or Tongue

Skin manifestations, such as hives, swelling, and flushing are usually in conjunction with the other symptoms listed above.


Does North Dallas ENT offer treatments for allergies?

If you think you are suffering from an allergy, please contact North Dallas ENT at (214) 382-5100 for a full allergy workup.  We treat adults as well as children, 6 years and older. Check out our page on Allergy Treatments.

Remember that children often present symptoms differently than adults.  Their symptoms may include, ear infections, snoring, hives, swollen airways, irritability, and dietary problems. Please contact us to see how we may help you or your loved one.


Is there an association between snoring and sleep apnea?

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.  But anyone who snores loudly, nightly and has other symptoms, like pauses in breathing at night or daytime sleepiness, should talk to a doctor to rule out sleep apnea.

Also, habitual snoring is more of an issue if the snorer is experiencing any of 

the following symptoms:

  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Waking up not feeling rested
  • Morning headaches
  • Recent weight gain
  • Chest pain at night
  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased ability to concentrate or memory loss
  • Observed pauses in breathing at night
  • Waking up gasping for breath

These signs and symptoms may indicate a potential health issue.

If you have concerns about your snoring and feel that they may be related to a health issue, please contact us at North Dallas ENT for an evaluation.