Find relief from sinus frustrations.

More than 35 million Americans are diagnosed with sinusitis each year. It’s an extremely common health condition that causes quite a bit of suffering. Sinusitis occurs when the sinuses – the air-filled cavities located within the bones of the face and around the nasal cavity and eyes – become inflamed and swollen. When this happens, normal drainage from the nasal passages is blocked and pressure builds. Symptoms can include facial pain (or pain in the ear, jaw, or teeth), headaches, congestion, reduced sense of smell and taste, sore throat, post-nasal drip, cough, and even bad breath. Sinusitis can be caused by infections, allergies, or even changes in temperature and air pressure.

Because of the unique nature of sinus difficulties, many sinus sufferers become frustrated by failed attempts to alleviate their symptoms. For those who suffer from sinusitis and related disorders, Oakdale ENT specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic sinusitis, sinus headaches, inhalant allergies, and other conditions of the sinuses.

We evaluate all conditions of the nose and sinuses, including nasal airway obstruction, septal deviation, allergic conditions, injuries, polyps, and nasal growths. Since there are many different causes of sinus symptoms, it is important to receive comprehensive treatment that addresses your specific underlying problem.


Balloon Sinuplasty

One of the more effective methods for treating sinusitis in recent years is a procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty or Balloon Sinus Dilation. The procedure is considered kinder and gentler than traditional sinus surgery and eliminates the need to cut or remove bone and tissue. The procedure uses a small flexible tube with a balloon to open up blocked sinus passageways and restore proper drainage. When the balloon is inflated, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway without harming the sinus lining.

Over 350,000 balloon sinuplasties have been performed on patients with chronic sinusitis, with clinical studies demonstrating meaningful improvement in symptoms and quality of life. This outpatient procedure takes approximately one hour and allows you to return to your normal daily activities in approximately two days.

For patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis and who don’t respond well to medication, balloon sinuplasty may be an option to consider.  Schedule a consultation to meet with one of our physicians to learn if it’s right for you.


Point of Care CT

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Image provided courtesy of Xoran Technologies.

Our Robbinsdale and Maple Grove offices are equipped with state of the art Xoran mini CAT scanners allowing us to capture images of your sinuses and review them with you during your office visit.

Unlike large multipurpose full body scanners found in hospitals and imaging centers, the MiniCAT is a low radiation dose CT scanner specifically designed to scan the sinuses. MiniCAT scans emit significantly less radiation than sinus scans on a full-body CT scanner. The scans take only 10-20 seconds depending on the imaging protocol. While full body scanners at hospitals can be claustrophobic, MiniCAT allows you to sit comfortably upright in an open, patient friendly design. Instead of 3 visits, patient evaluations can be completed in one visit.

Get your diagnosis during your office exam so that you can begin your treatment and start feeling better faster! Same day diagnosis may minimize the quantity of office co-pays depending upon your insurance provider.


Sinus Stents

Patients with chronic sinusitis suffer from symptoms such as facial pain and pressure, nasal congestions, headaches, discolored nasal discharge, loss of smell and taste. Medications that are often prescribed for chronic sinusitis patients include antibiotics, nasal steroids, antihistamines, oral steroids, decongestants, and saline irrigations. If a patient’s symptoms continue despite medications, surgery may be an option. While surgery provides benefits to many patients, inflammation and scarring can take place even in the first 30 days, decreasing the effectiveness of surgery and causing symptoms to return. Now, there is an advanced technology that is clinical proven to reduce post surgical inflammation and scarring.

Image provided by PROPEL.
Image provided courtesy of PROPEL.

Placed in the sinus following surgery, Propel decreases scarring and inflammation, reducing the need for additional surgical procedures as well as oral steroids and their potential side effects. The spring-like Propel sinus stent opens the ethmoid and/or frontal sinus to maintain the surgical opening. The stent also delivers an anti-inflammatory medication directly to the sinus lining, and then dissolves. Talk with your physician to see if Propel may be right for you.


Coblation Turbinate Reduction

Nasal airway obstruction is uncomfortable. It can fore you to breathe through your mouth, making eating, speaking, and sleeping more difficult. Decongestants and anti-histamines only offer temporary relief. Coblation is an advanced technology that helps to remove and shrink soft tissue inside the nasal turbinates. Because Coblation is not a heat driven process, it is designed to specifically preserve surrounding healthy tissue. This procedure can typically be done on an outpatient basis allowing patients to return home shortly after the procedure. Do you suffer from nasal airway obstruction? An office visit with one of our physicians can help determine if you are a candidate for turbinate reduction surgery. Our commitment to improving your quality of life drives us to implement the most advanced diagnostic and treatment methods.  Along with extensive aftercare, we’re confident you’ll received the most effective care available.


Ready to schedule a consultation?  Contact Oakdale ENT today.