St. Mary’s Physician Associates offers a range of ear, nose and throat (ENT) procedures, including:
If you’re suffering from allergies or other sinus issues, we can perform a comprehensive evaluation of your nose and sinuses to determine treatment options for your condition.
Sinus surgery may be a treatment option for people with chronic sinus disease, nasal polyps or nasal or sinuses tumors. The goal of sinus surgery is to adjust or enlarge the narrow channels that connect the sinuses to your nose to improve drainage. We offer different surgical options, including minimally invasive balloon sinus surgery and endoscopic sinus surgery.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses in the airway as a person sleeps. This causes the person to stop breathing, often hundreds of times each night. Symptoms include loud snoring followed by a sudden silence when breathing stops and gasping and snorting when breathing resumes. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke, diabetes and more.
Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, minimizing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking can help treat sleep apnea.
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. A CPAP device includes a mask that is worn during sleep. It fits over the mouth or nose only and blows a gentle, steady stream of air into the airway to help keep it open during sleep.
Because only about 40 percent of patients use or tolerate CPAP, we offer the latest surgical alternatives, including hypoglossal nerve stimulation, palatoplasty and hyoid suspension.