Dr. Totten has retired and is no longer scheduling appointments. If you are a current patient and would like a copy of your records, please contact our office as the Practice will be closing in February.

Sinus Infection Specialist

Aurora ENT -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

Aurora ENT

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor located in Anchorage, AK

Our patients can find relief from undesirable sinus infection symptoms at Aurora ENT. Our physician combines compassion and genuine care for patients with their extensive knowledge and experience to provide customized, highly effective treatment for each individual case. Even the most complex and rare sinus conditions can be evaluated and treated at Aurora ENT.

Sinus Infection Q & A

When do patients see an ENT instead of their primary care provider?

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:

  • Sinusitis that doesn’t resolve with broad-spectrum antibiotics and comprehensive care from the primary care doctor
  • Sinus infections that are recurring more than 3 times annually
  • Complex or complicated sinus problems that might benefit from a second opinion
  • Rare disorders of the sinuses including fungal infection, osteomyelitis, and leaking cerebrospinal fluid

What are the most common symptoms of sinus infection?

Symptoms vary between patients, but the most common symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Areas of the face that are tender to the touch
  • Pressure
  • Aching teeth
  • Nasal drainage: post nasal drip
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Fever
  • Cough

How are sinus infections treated?

The best treatment or treatments for chronic sinus problems depend on the underlying cause of the problem. Some treatments prescribed often include:

  • Broad spectrum oral antibiotics
  • Antifungal medications
  • Saline sinus rinses
  • Nasal sprays
  • Allergy medications
  • Over-the-counter or prescription decongestants

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.

Does insurance cover ENT appointments?

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.

Is medical treatment necessary for sinus infections?

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.

Insurance Providers

Please contact our office for more information about our insurance policies.

Blue Cross
Multiplan/Beech Street