A good, deep breath starts with a clear nose and mouth. Whether you’re experiencing a stuffy nose or a persistent mouth sore, you can rely on our proven years of experience to bring you relief.
Conditions We Treat
Facial Sports Injuries
Whether a broken nose, a fractured cheekbone, a swollen eye, or another condition, facial sports injuries can affect your ability to breathe, eat, see, smell, or handle other crucial functions. Safety and protection are key to prevention, but it’s important to seek immediate medical help if injury occurs.
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
Cleft lips and cleft palates involve an abnormal opening in the lip or roof of the mouth, caused when tissue that helps form these parts of the body fails to fully join or close before birth. These conditions are among the most common birth defects and usually can be corrected with surgery.
A deviated septum involves displacement of the cartilage wall that divides the nose’s nasal passages, potentially leading to difficulty breathing, facial pain, nosebleeds, chronic sinus infections, and other problems. The condition is typically corrected by surgery.
Sinusitis, a treatable condition, is an inflammation of the sinuses that prevents drainage from occurring properly. Recurring or chronic sinus infections, nasal congestion, sinus headaches, or facial pressure are possible indications of this condition.
Fungal sinusitis, which can occur when the immune system is compromised, involves inflammation of the sinus cavity due to the presence of fungus. Treatment depends on the type of fungal sinusitis involved.
Sinus headaches, caused by inflammation of the air cavities in the head and face, include symptoms such as forehead and facial pain, fever, toothache, congestion, nasal discharge, and facial swelling. They’re often confused with the more common migraine headaches.
Sinusitis and Aging
Aging brings structural changes to the nose that can lead to sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses. Symptoms of sinusitis can overlap with other conditions such as allergic rhinitis, thus consultation with an otolaryngologist may be necessary for diagnosis.
Stuffy nose or nasal decongestion involves the swelling of nasal tissue and blood vessels, which can be caused by allergies, cold viruses, sinus infections, polyps, thyroid disorders, and other sources. Depending on the underlying cause, some home remedies and over-the-counter medication may help resolve the condition, but problems such as persistent symptoms; yellow, green, or bloody nasal discharge; and fever require professional medical consultation.
Tongue-tie or ankyloglossia is a congenital condition involving restriction of the tissue — the frenulum — that links the tongue muscle to the bottom of the mouth.
Mouth sores involve various types of potentially painful oral lesions such as canker sores and cold sores, which can be caused by infection, tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, radiation treatment, stress, dehydration, and other sources.
A nasal fracture or broken nose involves breakage of bone in the nose, which can cause pain, swelling, difficulty breathing, a misshaping of the nose, and other problems. It’s a common injury due to falls, fighting, cycling, and sports, and it requires immediate medical attention.
Nosebleeds, common especially among young children and seniors, result from blood vessels breaking in the nose. Causes range from nose or facial injury, infection, allergies, or medication side effects to dry air or climate, tumors, nose picking or heavy nose blowing, and other sources.
Postnasal drip is the feeling of mucus dribbling from the back of the nose into the throat.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring involves the noisy vibration of tissue in the throat when the airway is narrowed or partially blocked during sleep. Millions of Americans snore during sleep, and many of them may suffer obstructive sleep apnea, a common disorder characterized by interrupted breathing or shallow breaths during sleep.
The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is a triangular cartilage disc that helps facilitate jaw movements such as opening, closing, and chewing. Symptoms such as facial, jaw, or ear pain; difficulty chewing; or locking of the jaw may point to a TMJ disorder requiring medical attention.
Treatment & Procedure Options
Antihistamines, Decongestants, and Cold Remedies
Antihistamines, decongestants, and cold remedies involve various types of over-the-counter medications to treat symptoms of allergies, and upper respiratory infections. Reading the labels, following instructions, and seeking professional advice are crucial to preventing overdose, avoiding harmful side effects, and ensuring the right medication for your symptoms.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a home-based nonsurgical sleep apnea treatment. During sleep, a CPAP device delivers pressurized air through a tube to a mask worn on the nose and mouth, helping keep the breathing airways open.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery is typically an outpatient procedure aimed at opening the sinus drainage pathways. It’s a potential option when sinusitis persists or doesn’t adequately respond to other treatments such as medication.
Nose surgery or rhinoplasty is a common procedure to reshape the nose for better breathing or an improved look.
Oral appliances are devices worn in the mouth while sleeping to alleviate snoring and obstructive sleep apnea symptoms. They help keep soft tissue from restricting the airway.
Treatment Options for Adults With Snoring
Treatments for snoring depend on the underlying cause and can include surgical or nonsurgical options such as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, thermal ablation palatoplasty, injection snoreplasty, soft palate treatment, tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy, and oral appliances. A medical diagnostic evaluation can determine the appropriate course of action.