Ear, Nose and Throat Services
- Allergy Testing and treatment
- Audiology and hearing aid services
- Botox and Restylane treatment
- Excision of facial lesions
- Head and neck surgery
- In-Office CT scans
- Pediatric ENT Care
- Sinus Surgery
- Balloon Sinuplasty
- Sleep Apnea
Sinuplasty is a new technique in sinus surgery. Instead of using endoscopic instruments such as microdebriders and forceps, surgeons use balloons to dilate the sinus openings. This technique is similar to angioplasty, the use of balloons to open blocked blood vessels..
More than 18 million American adults suffer from sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. The "apnea" in sleep apnea refers to a breathing pause that lasts at least ten seconds. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, despite efforts to breathe. Another form of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea, in which the brain fails to properly control breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is far more common than central sleep apnea.
Sublingual Immunotherapy | Allergy Drops
What is Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT), also known as Allergy Drops?
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is a form of immunotherapy that involves putting drops of allergen extracts under the tongue. Many people refer to this process as “allergy drops,” and it is an alternative treatment for allergy shots. This form of immunotherapy has been used for years in Europe, and recently has had increased interest in the United States. However, it is currently not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States.
Why is SLIT Not Yet FDA Approved?
Multiple studies are currently being conducted for the purpose of trying to get SLIT approved in the United States, but is it likely that approval is at least a few years away. However, the extracts that are used in preparing SLIT are the same extracts that are used in skin testing and in traditional Allergy Shots. These extracts are approved and monitored by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and approved for Allergy Shots, but not specifically for use under the tongue. Therefore, Allergy Drops are considered an “off-label” use of the FDA-approved allergen extracts.
How is SLIT Taken?
Allergy Drops are self-administered, at home, under the tongue. (For young children, parents should administer the drops.) They are provided in a dropper-vial, which you hold up to your mouth and squeeze so that the drops “land” under the tongue. The liquid is held under the tongue for approximately 1 minute before being swallowed. Applying the drops takes only a few seconds, and the entire procedure takes a little more than a minute.
Benefits of SLIT Therapy
Unlike allergy shots that require a trip into the doctor’s office weekly, SLIT therapy is administered by the patient at home daily. This is a good alternative especially for children with allergies who may also fear needles. The cost of SLIT can be quite competitive to traditional allergy shots. This is because there is no travel time or wait time in the office (30 minutes minimum) associated with SLIT, unlike with allergy shots, and no co-pays or deductibles apply. It is possible that the costs of SLIT could be covered by a Health Savings Account (HSA) associated with your insurance; however, you are solely responsible for determining if your HSA plan will cover your SLIT costs.
How Do I Know Which Therapy is Right for Me?
There is no “one-size fits all” therapy, and what works for one person with allergies may not work for another. Whether you choose to manage your allergies with avoidance of your triggers, a wide variety of allergy medications, or traditional allergy shots or SLIT, we will work with you to develop a treatment regimen that is right for you.
Elective surgery only refers to the timing of your surgery. If it is not an emergency, it is being done electively. It has nothing to do with whether or not the surgery is medically necessary. If your surgery is being done for a medically necessary reason, it will probably be covered by insurance. You should check with your insurance carrier to see if you have benefits. Cosmetic surgery (which is also done on an elective basis) will likely not be covered by your insurance, because it is not a medical necessity.