About ENT & SLEEP Medicine Associates
ENT & Sleep Medicine Associates is dedicated to providing infants, children, and adults across the region with advanced, specialty evaluation and medical/surgical treatment of head and neck disorders.
Our provider team consists of highly-trained specialists, recognized for their clinical expertise in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, sinus disease, hearing loss, and sleep disorders. Our medical spa provides surgical and non-surgical facial cosmetic care services. Our sinus center is recognized as a National Center of Excellence for In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty, which is a cutting-edge procedure that allows patients to resume same-day normal activity. Our hearing center is staffed by doctors of audiology who are experts in hearing loss diagnosis and advanced hearing aid fitting. Our sleep center is designed to provide state-of-the-art sleep diagnostics in a tranquil, non-hospital based setting and surgical and non-surgical treatment options for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
Working closely with patients and their primary care providers, we develop comprehensive, high-quality treatment plans that are delivered in a compassionate manner.
Hear Life. Breathe Easy. Sleep Better. Live Beautifully.
Meet The Team
Our physicians maintain affiliations at Memorial Hospital, HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Monroe County Surgical Center (Waterloo), Edwardsville Surgery Center, Anderson Hopital (Maryville), HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital (Highland and Breese), Crossroads Hospital (Mt. Vernon), and HSHS Holy Family Hospital (Greenville).
What is an Otolaryngologist?
Otolaryngology is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.
Their special skills include diagnosing and managing diseases of the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. Otolaryngologists diagnose, treat, and manage specialty-specific disorders, as well as many primary care problems, in both children and adults.
What Do Otolaryngologists Treat?
Hearing loss affects one in ten Americans. The unique domain of otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders.
They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.
About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health complaints in America. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists.
Management of the nasal area includes allergies and sense of smell. Breathing through, and the appearance of the nose are also part of otolaryngologists' expertise.
Communicating (speech and singing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Also specific to otolaryngologists is expertise in managing diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.
The Head and Neck
This center of the body includes the important nerves that control sight, smell, hearing, and the face. In the head and neck area, otolaryngologists are trained to treat infectious diseases, both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
ENT Training & Patient Care
Otolaryngologists are ready to start practicing after completing up to 15 years of college and post-graduate training. To qualify for certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology, an applicant must first complete college, medical school (usually four years), and at least five years of specialty training. Next, the physician must pass the American Board of Otolaryngology examination. In addition, some otolaryngologists pursue a one- or two-year fellowship for more extensive training in one of seven subspecialty areas.
These sub-specialty areas are sleep medicine, pediatric otolaryngology (children), otology/neuro-otology (ears, balance, and tinnitus), allergy, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck, laryngology (throat), and rhinology (nose). Some otolaryngologists limit their practices to one of these seven areas, while others provide general ENT care.
What makes otolaryngologists the most appropriate physicians to treat disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck?
ENT specialists differ from many physicians, in that they are trained in both medicine and surgery. Otolaryngologists do not need to refer patients to other physicians when ear, nose, throat, or head/neck surgery is needed and, therefore, can offer the most appropriate care for each individual patient.
Diagnosis And Treatment In Seven Areas Of Expertise
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