Sinus And Nasal Center
Sinus & Nasal Center in Austin, tX
Patients frequently suffer from chronic nasal allergies and congestion, recurring sinus infections, and chronic sinus pressure with little relief despite many visits to the doctor. Dr. Slaughter is a nationally recognized leader in sinus and nasal care. He has pioneered the modern non-surgical and minimally invasive techniques that have provided relief for thousands. As a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy he offers the state of the art in allergy treatments for his patients. Dr. Slaughter serves as a National Entellus Center of Excellence Trainer in balloon sinuplasty and other minimally invasive surgical techniques and led the way for simple office based solutions in ENT care.
Our office has all of the advanced diagnostic equipment such as our very low dose in-office Xoran MiniCAT CT scan available in one location to make your visit a complete and comprehensive evaluation of your sinus and nasal issues. Request an appointment to see Dr. Slaughter today and join the thousands who have found relief to their sinus issues.
Medical Therapies for Sinus and Nasal issues
Thorough allergy testing and treatment including allergy drop therapy and allergy shot therapy are available in our Allergy Center.
Medications for allergies
In addition to allergy drops and allergy shots, there are now many safe effective medications that we can use to reduce a patient’s allergy complaints. It’s Dr. Slaughter’s deep understanding of how these different treatments compliment each other and how they change specific symptoms that allows him to create the perfect balance of therapies for his patients.
Nasal steroid sprays, antihistamine sprays, oral antihistamines, oral leukotriene inhibitors, saline rinses, and new modern immunoglobulin therapy like Xolair can all be useful. Many holistic therapies can also add benefit as well.
Many patients suffer from all the typical allergy complaints of congestion, runny nose, sneezing, pressure, and recurring sinus infections only to be told their allergy testing is negative. These patients may have one of several conditions: Local Allergic Rhinitis, Vasomotor Rhinitis, and Structural Issues (Chronic Sinusitis, Septal Deviation, Turbinate Hypertrophy, Nasal Polyps, and Fungal Sinusitis).
Local Allergic Rhinitis is a true allergy confined to the nasal cavity. It will respond to all the typical allergy therapies reviewed in our Allergy Center but will show negative skin testing and blood tests. Our comprehensive allergy treatments can let you get control of these bothersome symptoms even if you were told “you don’t have allergies”.
Vasomotor Rhinitis patients have an allergy-like reaction to changes in temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure change. There is a unique topical therapy available for this condition that safely controls these symptoms. Modern balloon sinuplasty and turbinate reduction can also help relieve these symptoms non-surgically.
Chronic Sinusitis, Septal Deviation, Turbinate Hypertrophy, Nasal Polyps, and Fungal Sinusitis are structural issues in the nose that can mimic allergy complaints. Patients with these conditions may suffer for years on allergy therapy without relief because the diagnosis was missed at the initial visit.
Dr. Slaughter personally evaluates all patients at the initial visit to make sure the treatment plan is correct. He can use the office based non-surgical and minimally invasive techniques he has pioneered such as balloon sinuplasty, endoscopic septoplasty, submucosal turbinate reduction, and endoscopic polypectomy to relieve these structural issues.
In addition to relieving these structural issues Dr. Slaughter has developed the use of custom topical antibiotic treatments that can be used to relieve the patients sinus infections. Patients suffering from sinus infections typically are given an antibiotic without any culture being performed. Unfortunately the bacteria may not be sensitive to that antibiotic and the infection will persist. Dr. Slaughter can perform video nasal endoscopy at the time of your visit or procedure to obtain a culture and guide your therapy.
Balloon Sinuplasty offers a nonsurgical therapy to open blocked sinus passage ways and relieve many sinus conditions including: chronic sinusitis, acute recurring sinusitis, chronic sinus pressure, and even migraine headache.
Balloon Sinuplasty is performed in our office procedure room with intravenous sedation for maximal comfort. It takes just minutes and patients are back to full speed without need for recovery or pain medicine in hours. There is no packing or foreign material placed in the nose and never any bruising or swelling that accompanies traditional sinus surgery.
Dr. Slaughter was intimately involved in the development of the original prototype for the sinus balloon and helped perform the study that made this therapy FDA approved. He pioneered the use of IV sedation in the office setting for his patients providing a superior level of comfort. As an Entellus Center of Excellence trainer, Dr. Slaughter lectures nationally on the use of this technology in advanced cases including the ability to correct septal deviation, nasal polyps, turbinate swelling, and fungal sinus infections while performing balloon sinuplasty. ENT physicians travel from all over the country to learn how to incorporate his techniques.
Endoscopic Sinus and Nasal Surgery
Sinus and nasal surgeries to correct infections and nasal congestion have also been changed dramatically from the old days of packs and splints. Conditions such as chronic sinusitis, septal deviation, turbinate swelling, nasal polyps, and nasal fractures are now easily treated in the office setting without the need for general anesthesia.
This surgical technique to remove the blockage of sinus outflow tracts and relieve sinusitis has been the mainstay of treatment for patients who failed medical therapy for years. Dr. Slaughter helped evolve this treatment from the extensive and painful procedure that was common place in to the minimally invasive therapy that he offers today. Most patients can have their endoscopic sinus surgery right in our office with the comfort of IV sedation with the assistance of balloon sinus dilation to reduce any healing time. No intranasal packing is required and the natural anatomy is preserved. Rapid recovery is the rule, with most patients back to work the next day.
The septum is the divider between the two nasal cavities and it is frequently crooked from abnormal growth or trauma. Dr. Slaughter performs modern minimally invasive Endoscopic Septoplasty which can be performed right in the office with intravenous sedation. He pioneered techniques that do not require any intranasal packing or splinting. Minimal discomfort, rapid recovery, and little downtime makes this an easy procedure to correct those longstanding nasal blockage issues.
Endoscopic Turbinate Reduction
Turbinate swelling is a frequent reason for nasal congestion. The turbinates are natural shelves that humidify, warm, and filter the air we breathe. Whether from allergies, infection, or addiction to nasal sprays, the turbinates may stay persistently swollen despite maximal medical therapy. Reduction of the swollen nasal turbinates ( Submucosal Turbinate Reduction) can now be performed by a minimally invasive technique similar to liposuction as an office procedure. They can be safely reduced in minutes to allow for free breathing using this technique. Painless and with essentially no recovery the patient is right back to normal activity the next day. This technique does not carry the risk of an overly dry nose or “empty nose syndrome” that the old techniques could cause.
Endoscopic Polyp Removal
Patients that have had issues with recurring nasal polyps have been very frustrated. Recurring extensive surgical therapies over many years can be painful and expensive. Modern office based Polypectomy procedures can be done safely and with comfort using intravenous sedation without the need for general anesthesia in our procedure room. Combined with Balloon Sinuplasty it can provide long lasting results without all the downtime and expense. Comprehensive management in our Allergy Testing and Treatment Center can also dramatically reduce polyp recurrence.
Fungal Sinusitis Treatment
Fungal sinus infections are a very difficult issue for some patients. This unique form of infection will not respond to traditional medical therapies. Dr. Slaughter has developed a comprehensive approach involving Balloon Sinuplasty, minimally invasive polyp removal using a microdebrider, anti fungal topical therapies, and allergy management in our Allergy Testing and Treatment Center to relieve this condition with minimal recovery and lasting results.
Dr. Slaughter understands that the nasal structure and function are closely tied. As part of our Facial Cosmetic Care he offers rhinoplasty (cosmetic nasal correction) to correct the cosmetic issues along with the assurance of optimal breathing.
Dr. Slaughter treats many other common sinus and nasal conditions such as recurring nose bleeds, nasal tumors, nasal fractures, nasal skin cancers, and much more.
Schedule a consultation
If you would like to learn more about the sinus and nasal treatments offered at Sinus & Snoring Specialists, call (512) 601-0303 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Slaughter at our office in Austin, TX.