Ear, Nose and Throat
The Ear, Nose and Throat physicians and medical staff provide comprehensive medical treatment for adults and children with disorders of the ears, nose, sinus, mouth, throat, neck, and thyroid. They also work with swallowing and voice disorders, snoring, sleep apnea, and allergies.
The ENT physicians are Board Certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Audiology. All of the professionals in the clinic hold current state and national certifications.
- New patients should arrive at the clinic 15 minutes prior to a scheduled appointment to complete registration.
- Please bring an insurance card for the first visit or anytime insurance coverage changes.
- Some insurance companies require a referral from a primary care physician to see a specialist. All referrals must be received by the clinic prior to an appointment. Without the referral, the insurance company will not authorize payment, and the patient will be responsible for the entire bill.
- Please bring a list of all current medications and dosages or prescription bottles.
- The ENT staff makes every effort to adhere to its patient appointment schedule. However, emergencies may affect the timeliness of being seen. We apologize for any inconvenience and will reschedule appointments if it is more convenient.
- Please provide a 24–hour notice of any appointment cancellations.
St. Peter’s Medical Group ENT Clinic is one of the first in the state to offer Balloon Sinuplasty™ with Cyclops Technology. Cyclops is a newly developed miniature endoscope with multi-angled capabilities, allowing for better views of the sinus anatomy.
Balloon Sinuplasty is effective in treating chronic sinusitis, one of the most common health problems in the country. Sinusitis symptoms include:
- Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
- Nasal obstruction or congestion or tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead.
- Symptoms can include throbbing facial pain or headaches, difficulty breathing and sleeping, bad breath, irritability, fatigue, nausea and loss or reduced sense of taste.
The revolutionary Minimally Invasive Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure is:
Safe – More than 150,000 patients have been treated with Balloon Sinuplasty™
Proven – Over 95% of patients who have had the procedure say they would have it again
Fast - While recovery times vary with each patient, people can quickly return to normal activities
For more information about Balloon Sinuplasty click here.
The Gold Laser is a precision contact laser with only a 0.3 mm depth of tissue penetration, making it a superior instrument for use in a number of procedures, the most common being tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies. Michael Dixon, M.D., has also found the Gold Laser to be superior in certain nasal procedures and other oral cavity procedures for sleep apnea and the excision of lesions or masses.
Gold Laser brings great value to patient care by allowing healing to occur more quickly, reducing the severity of post-operative pain, reducing trauma to the surrounding normal tissue, reducing the risk of post operative complications and reducing the number of days patients typically need to be on pain medication.
St. Peter’s joins many outstanding health facilities in the nation in using the Gold Laser, including U.C. Davis Medical Center Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital of Tampa and the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. More information on the technology can be found at www.medicalenergy.com.
- Complete diagnostic audiological evaluation from a Doctor of Audiology
- Vestibular evaluations to investigate dizziness and vertigo
- Highest standards in service and hearing aid devices
- Hearing aid fitting and dispensing, including free consultation
- Battery supply included with most hearing aid purchases
- Repair, programming, maintenance, cleaning available on most hearing aids
- All hearing aid purchases include a factory warranty.
- Counseling regarding assistive listening devices for television and phone
Our hearing is at work for us 24 hours a day, whether we are talking to loved ones, listening to the radio, watching TV, or interacting with peers on the job. Effective communication through hearing is a vital part of living.
Untreated hearing loss can be frustrating and isolating. According to a study by the National Council on Aging, people with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression and anxiety and participate less in social activities than those who wear hearing aids.
Although hearing problems are typically associated with the normal aging process, more than half of all hearing impaired persons are under the age of sixty-five.
It is always a good idea to practice hearing loss prevention techniques, but hearing loss can still sneak up on you. If you experience any of the below signs, you should see an audiologist.
- Difficulty hearing on the telephone
- Trouble hearing birds, wind, alarms/ bells, women and children
- Turning the TV volume too high for others
- Frequently asking people to repeat themselves
- Trouble hearing words or music when there is background noise
- Difficulty following conversations in groups
- Feeling that many people mumble
- Misunderstanding words and responding inappropriately, or nodding/smiling when you haven’t really understood what was said
- Frequent ringing, roaring, or hissing in the ears
If someone you know has a hearing problem:
- Face the person and talk clearly.
- Stand where there is good lighting and low background noise.
- Speak clearly and at a reasonable speed.
- Do not hide your mouth, eat, or chew gum.
- Use facial expressions or gestures to give useful clues.
- Reword your statement if needed.
- Be patient, stay positive and relaxed.
- Ask how you may help the listener.
- Set up meetings so that all speakers can be seen or can use a microphone.
- Include the hearing-impaired person in all discussions about him or her to prevent feelings of isolation until he or she can be fittedwith the most appropriate hearing aids.
Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know
There are many different options available. Each manufacturer may have several different models in their product line. The differences between similar levels of technology are usually quite small.
- Make sure that the instrument is right for your individual needs.
- Be sure that the type and degree of hearing loss are considered as well as your ability to discriminate in different listening situations.
- While they may be cosmetically appealing, the smallest instrument may not always be the best. There is usually a trade off between size and functionality.
- Ask why a specific instrument is the one recommended. There should be sound reasoning behind the recommendation, not merely, “I like this one,” or “It has worked well for my other patients.”