Most patients with sinus problems start with their primary care doctor. When the primary care doctor feels the patient can benefit from a specialist’s evaluation and care or when the primary care doctor has treated the condition but symptoms persist, the patient is often referred to an ENT.
Dr. Mary Totten often sees patients for:
Symptoms vary between patients, but the most common symptoms include:
The best treatment or treatments for chronic sinus problems depend on the underlying cause of the problem. Some treatments prescribed often include:
Only a qualified doctor can determine the best course of treatment. Ongoing evaluation and adaptation of the treatment plan are required for long-term success.
In most cases, yes. What the insurance company covers depends on the terms of the policy between the insurer and the patient. ENTs are considered specialists, and many insurance companies require a referral from a primary care doctor and/or preauthorization before they’ll pay for an office visit with a specialist. Patients can learn more about their policy and plan for the cost of their care by visiting with the financial team at Aurora ENT or calling their insurer’s member service department.
Yes. Sinus infections should be closely monitored and managed by a qualified provider. Infections that are left untreated can spread to surrounding structures, including the eyes, brain, spinal fluid, blood vessels, and bone. Some of these infections can be life-threatening and result in hospitalization or even death.
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