Chalmette Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Doctors
Hearing, Sleep, and Sinus Disorders Treatment in Chalmette and the Greater New Orleans Area
In our GNO Snoring & Sinus Chalmette office, specialists across health-care fields work together to provide the most effective treatment for patients suffering from ear, nose, and throat conditions. Our dedication to efficiency eliminates the need for unnecessary visits to multiple specialists and excessive patient referrals.
From common allergies to more complex conditions, ENT issues can cause recurrent or chronic disease that ultimately impacts quality of life. We are committed to pinpointing the causes of these problems and helping our patients breathe easier, both day and night.
ENT Specialists in Chalmette
Founded by Dr. Akash Anand, MD, the only fellowship-trained ENT physician in the region to focus on advanced sleep and sinus disorders, GNO Snoring & Sinus offers treatment for patients experiencing the full spectrum of ear, nose, and throat issues. From hearing loss and voice loss to ear infections and chronic cough, we are Chalmette’s ENT experts.
- Hearing Loss. We offer treatment for a wide range of hearing disorders, including tinnitus, earwax impaction, sudden hearing loss, and vertigo. Whether a patient is experiencing dizziness or perceiving sound or movement where none actually exists, GNO Snoring & Sinus will determine the cause of the symptoms and provide in-office treatment.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is a condition affecting nearly 18 million Americans. It’s the result of multi-level airway collapse, causing a cessation or reduction in breathing during sleep. If a patient is experiencing daytime fatigue, mood disturbances, or decreased productivity, a complete airway examination is done in our office to ensure an accurate diagnosis and the most appropriate treatment route.
- Snoring. After determining the source of a patient’s snore and assessing their risk for obstructive sleep apnea, our sleep specialists will discuss the most effective treatment of the condition and provide in-office procedures to reduce or eliminate snoring.
- Chronic Sinusitis. Chronic sinus disease and nasal congestion affect millions of individuals. The underlying cause is usually allergies or anatomic obstructions that block nasal airflow or sinus drainage, resulting in post-nasal drip, nasal congestion or obstruction, chronic sinus pressure, or lack of smell. These issues can be made worse by Chalmette’s humid climate and urban air pollution. We focus on all possible causes of sino-nasal disorders, combining medical and surgical approaches in order to provide the most effective treatment. (Check here for today’s allergy outlook.)
Other ENT Conditions
Some of the other ear, nose and throat conditions we treat include:
- Recurrent sore throats
- Chronic hoarseness
- Head and neck tumors
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Facial trauma or facial paralysis
Successful treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis and physical examination. Let us help you breathe easier. Request an appointment today with one of our healthcare professionals.
Case Study: Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea at Our Chalmette Office
Patient A arrived at GNO Snoring and Sinus with a diagnosis of moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The referring physician had prescribed CPAP (treatment that uses a mask to deliver pressurized air to open the airway during sleep), but the patient was unable to tolerate the treatment.
A full airway examination in the office revealed blockage in the region of the nose, palate, and tongue. During positioning maneuvers in the office, it became apparent that most of the obstruction was at the base of tongue. When the patient lay down to sleep, the base of tongue relaxed and fell back, completely obstructing airflow. The patient would suddenly wake up at night with a choking sensation, appearing to his loved ones that he’d stopped breathing.
Treatment & Results
The patient underwent an in-office radiofrequency ablation of the base of tongue to reduce the obstruction.
Before the procedure, the patient’s apnea hypopnea index (AHI) was 20, indicating moderate obstructive sleep apnea. After the procedure, a sleep study showed it had been reduced to 4.1, which is normal.
After the in-office procedure, the patient noted an improved ability to breathe both day and night. Awakening suddenly with a choking sensation was significantly reduced. Given the patient’s normal AHI level, improvement in daytime energy, and improved sleep, the patient no longer needed CPAP therapy.
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