Not being able to breathe well through the nose is a frustrating problem. Congestion of any kind can make it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep, resulting in additional irritating symptoms. If sleep is achieved, one may quickly switch from nose-breathing to mouth-breathing, again resulting in additional irritating symptoms. Mouth breathing may be just as bad for health as not being able to breathe well through the nose. This habit contributes to snoring, dry mouth, bad breath, and even cavities. If you frequently or persistently have trouble breathing through your nose, now may be the time to schedule a consultation with a sinus specialist.
Dr. James Gould is an internationally recognized pioneer and researcher of In-Office Balloon Sinus Dilation. He is the founder and medical director of Synergy ENT Specialists and St. Louis Sinus Center. He offers conservative, effective treatment for people who are living with chronic sinusitis and are ready to explore a long-term solution for their discomfort. Balloon sinuplasty was designed to relieve sinus pressure and its consequences without surgery and downtime.
What is Balloon Sinus Dilation
Balloon sinuplasty is also referred to as balloon sinus dilation. This office procedure is performed using a local anesthetic that numbs the nasal passageways. To relieve pressure within the sinuses, Dr. Gould inserts a tiny tube through the nasal passage. A balloon at the end of the tube is inflated slightly to expand the congested sinuses. After a moment, the balloon is deflated and removed. With no incisions and no tissue modification, patients recover very quickly from the balloon sinuplasty procedure.
How Do I Know if I Have Chronic Sinusitis?
The term sinusitis is pretty unique and not one you hear brought up at work or parties. The condition is diagnosed when a person has symptoms that indicate inflammation of the sinus lining or tissues that blocks mucus drainage. Chronic sinusitis may occur several times a year and may be diagnosed as sinus infections because the improper drainage often leads to that complication. Symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Stuffy nose
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Discolored nasal discharge
- Sore throat
- Headache, usually across the forehead
- Upper tooth pain
- Facial pressure or pain
Millions of people have been helped by balloon sinus dilation. After a thorough consultation and examination, Dr. Gould can help you determine if your symptoms stem from chronic sinusitis. Treatment options, including balloon sinuplasty, can then be discussed and you can be on your way to breathing well, as you deserve! Call 314.473.5433 today to schedule your visit to St. Louis Sinus Center.