Could you benefit from a visit to your O'Fallon and Bridgeton, MO, otolaryngologists Drs. Jason Hason and Jonathan Lusardi. Otolaryngologists, also called ear, nose and throat (ENTs) doctors, treat conditions and illnesses that affect the ears, mouth, sinuses, nose, throat and voice box.
What conditions and diseases do otolaryngologists treat?
Scheduling an appointment with the otolaryngologists may be a good idea if you have any of these issues:
- Problems with Your Ears: ENTS can treat your ear infection or ear pain, determine why you hear ringing or buzzing sounds, and manage dizziness and balance issues caused by an ear condition.
- Hearing Loss: Otolaryngologists, together with audiologists, diagnose and treat hearing loss. If everyone seems to be mumbling suddenly, or you find that you must continually turn up the TV to hear anything, you may have hearing loss.
- Sinusitis: If sinusitis has become a chronic problem, your ENT can offer treatments that will relieve your pain and congestion. Depending on the cause and severity of your condition, they may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications or offer helpful procedures, such as balloon sinuplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery.
- Nosebleeds: Have you been struggling with frequent nosebleeds? During a visit to the O'Fallon or Bridgeton office, your ENT will determine the cause of the bleeds and recommend appropriate treatments.
- Sore Throats and Other Issues: Otolaryngologists treat a number of conditions that affect the throat including trouble swallowing or breathing, tonsillitis, chronic hoarseness, voice issues and inflamed adenoids.
- Thyroid Issues: Your ENT also diagnoses and treats thyroid disorders including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.
- Sleep Apnea? Do you snore loudly and have trouble staying awake during the day? You may have sleep apnea, a condition that occurs when you stop breathing for short periods of time throughout the night. If you're diagnosed with sleep apnea, an oral appliance provided by your ENT will help prevent your tongue from blocking your airway while you sleep.
- Tumors: Otolaryngologists treat and remove non-cancerous and cancerous tumors that form in the neck, head or thyroid.
Do you need to see an ENT? Call your otolaryngologists in O'Fallon and Bridgeton, MO, Drs. Hason and Lusardi to schedule an appointment. You can reach the Bridgeton office by calling (314) 291-5307 or the O'Fallon office at (636) 379-6006.
Here are some ways to tell whether you or your child is dealing with an ear infection.
Symptoms of an ear infection usually appear rather suddenly, so it’s common to be awakened from sleep by a throbbing pain in the ear. Of course, as your Bridgeton MO ENT doctors Dr. Jason Hanson and Dr. Jonathan Lusardi, we understand the importance of being able to pinpoint warning signs of an ear infection in yourself, your children, and even a newborn. Besides your ENT Doctor Bridgeton practice, you can also contact their office in O'Fallon MO.
Signs of an Ear Infection
Most people can tell when they are dealing with an ear infection from these classic symptoms:
- Ear pain
- Pressure/fullness in the ears
- Loss of hearing
- Muffled hearing
These symptoms are more common if you are dealing with an inner ear infection. So, what might you experience if you have an outer or middle ear infection? With an outer ear infection (called otitis externa), you'll notice redness, swelling, and pain on the outer part of the ear.
With a middle ear infection, you will experience ear pain that is accompanied by dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Since an inner ear infection could be a sign of another more serious problem you must visit your ENT Doctor Bridgeton practice right away.
Signs of Ear Infections in Newborns and Children
If your child is old enough, they'll communicate when they are experiencing ear pain, pressure, or difficulty hearing. These symptoms warrant seeing a doctor as soon as possible. Of course, if you have a newborn or toddler, they won’t be able to verbally tell you that something is wrong; however, here are some other clues:
- Increased irritability and fussiness
- Crying whenever lying down
- Trouble sleeping
- Pulling or tugging at the ear
- Not responding to certain sounds or voices
- Discharge coming from the ear
- Redness and swelling of the ear
If you suspect that you or your child have an ear infection you can easily talk to one of our ENT doctors without having to step foot in our Bridgeton MO, office. Not only does Northwest Otolaryngology offer in-office care to those in the Bridgeton and O’Fallon MO areas, but we also offer telemedicine visits.
Concerned about an ear infection? Call Drs. Jason Hanson and Jonathan Lusardi at (314) 291-5307 for the Bridgeton office, or (636) 379-6006 for the O'Fallon office.
Sleep apnea happens when a person’s breathing stops and starts again during sleep. This happens all throughout the night. Left untreated, it could result in heart failure, stroke, and high blood pressure. The good news is that sleep apnea can be treated with lifestyle modifications, oral appliances, medications, medical devices such as a CPAP machine, surgical intervention, or a combination of these.
Your exact treatment plan will depend on your specific symptoms and their severity. It will be up to your doctor in Northwest Otolaryngology, Dr. Jason M. Hanson or Dr. Jonathan Lusardi, to create your sleep apnea treatment plan after your consultation in our Bridgeton, MO, or O’Fallon, MO, location.
Lifestyle Modifications for Sleep Apnea
- Lose excess weight.
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid taking sleeping pills.
- Limit your intake of alcohol.
- Modify your sleeping position to ensure proper breathing.
CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy for Sleep Apnea
With CPAP therapy, you will need to wear a mask that fits over your mouth and nose during sleep. Your mask will be attached to the CPAP machine that will provide constant airflow into the nose as you sleep to help keep the airways open and promote proper breathing. There’s also BPAP or bi-level positive airway pressure therapy that works similar to CPAP, except that the airflow changes upon breathing in and out.
Oral Appliances for Treating Sleep Apnea
These help in opening up your airways as you sleep and are customized by doctors with special training in sleep apnea including otolaryngologists, oral surgeons, or dentists. Consult with your doctor in our Bridgeton, MO, or O’Fallon, MO, office if oral appliances will be effective for your sleep apnea.
Surgical Procedures to Treat Sleep Apnea
Your doctor might suggest surgery if you suffer from a condition that restricts or narrows your throat such as a deviated septum, an overbite with a small jaw, or enlarged tonsils. These surgical interventions typically include the following:
- Nasal Surgery: This is usually done to resolve a deviated septum.
- Mandibular Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery: Certain throat blockages or facial issues can be treated through this surgery.
- UPPP or Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty: This surgery is used for taking out some tissue from the palate and throat’s back portions to widen your airway.
Depending on your particular symptoms, your doctor may likewise recommend medication for treating daytime sleepiness that occurs due to sleep apnea or somnoplasty, an in-office procedure for stiffening and shrinking soft palate tissue.
For Questions and More Information on Sleep Apnea, Give Us a Call
Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors here at Northwest Otolaryngology, Dr. Jason M. Hanson or Dr. Jonathan Lusardi. You can reach our Bridgeton, MO, office at (314) 291-5307 and our O'Fallon, MO, office at (636) 379-6006.
How your ENT specialists in Bridgeton and O'Fallon, MO, can help
Sleep apnea not only dramatically affects your quality of sleep, but it can also serious consequences for your overall health, and even shorten your lifespan. Fortunately, the ENT specialists here at Northwest Otolaryngology can help ease the issue. With two convenient locations in Bridgeton and O’Fallon, MO, read on to learn how we can help treat your sleep apnea.
More about sleep apnea
When you have sleep apnea, the tissues at the back of your throat relax while you sleep, causing either a partial or full closure to your airway during the night, resulting in a lack of oxygen to your vital organs, including your heart and brain. Over time, diminished oxygen levels can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, memory problems, and other serious medical conditions.
Sleep apnea also causes you to partially or fully wake many times throughout the night, resulting in a restless, interrupted sleep. Consequently, you may experience symptoms such as:
- Waking up with a gasping, choking feeling
- Chronic headaches, especially in the morning
- Feeling tired and listless during the day
- Having difficulty concentrating
- A chronic sore throat when you wake up
One of the most common ways to treat sleep apnea is with a continuous positive airway pressure device, called a CPAP. The CPAP has a mask that fits over your nose and is connected to a device that delivers a continuous flow of air through your airway during the night.
Another excellent treatment for sleep apnea is the oral mandibular advancement appliance. This custom-made dental appliance is worn at night in order to hold the lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open throughout the night.
Need care? Give us a call
You deserve to sleep well at night and not be tormented by sleep apnea. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment, talk with the experts. Call the ENT specialists at Northwest Otolaryngology in Bridgeton and O’Fallon MO, today:
- Bridgeton - (314) 291-5307
- O'Fallon - (636) 379-6006
Ear pain can make you feel miserable, but it's not always easy to tell if your symptoms are actually caused by an infection. These signs and symptoms typically occur when you have an ear infection.
What are common ear infection signs and symptoms?
Symptoms of ear infections include:
- Ear Pain: Pain may be continuous or may come and go.
- Fever: The infection can cause a fever of 101 or 102F, but not everyone who gets an ear infection doesn't develop a fever.
- Difficulty Hearing: A build-up of mucus in the inner ear can make it harder to hear clearly.
- Drainage: If the eardrum bursts or perforates, mucus will begin to drain from the ears.
Ear infections are more common in children than in adults. The eustachian tubes, the passageways that connect the ears to the throat, are smaller and more horizontal in children, making it easier for bacteria and viruses to reach the ears. It's not always easy to tell if your baby or young child has an ear infection, although signs of infection tend to start after a cold. In addition to the signs mentioned above, these signs can indicate that there is an infection:
- Pulling on ears
- Irritability of fussiness
- Frequent waking during the night
- Reluctance to lie flat
- Loss of appetite due to pain when chewing or swallowing
How are ear infections treated?
Although antibiotics were once commonly prescribed for ear infections, doctors today use a "wait and see" approach before recommending them. In many cases, ear infections get better on their own without any treatment. If antibiotics are prescribed too frequently, you may become resistant to them.
If you or your child continue to have symptoms after two or three days, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic and drops to relieve ear pain. Infections can be more serious in babies and young children. Don't wait two or three days to call your doctor if your child has a fever of 101 or higher, won't stop crying, is in severe pain or if you notice drainage from the ears.
Do you think you or your child may have an ear infection? Your Otolaryngologist In Bridgeton, MO
can offer recommendations and treatments to help you feel better.
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