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Sinusitis Specialist

Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders

Sleep Specialist & Ear Nose and Throat Specialist located in Goshen and South Bend, IN

Do you have a stuffy nose, discharge, and facial pain that just won’t go away? Those are possible signs of chronic sinusitis. The Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders provides a variety of effective therapies to free you from sinusitis, including the SINUVA™ implant and balloon sinuplasty. Both treatments require little to no downtime. Call the office in Goshen and South Bend, Indiana, today to book a consultation with double board-certified sleep medicine physician Doug Liepert, MD.

Sinusitis Q & A

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a common condition triggered by inflammation of the lining of your sinuses. With sinusitis, your sinuses become swollen and mucus clogs your nose. 

Sinusitis is easily treated at the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders. Left untreated, the condition may worsen, causing throbbing facial pain, headache, and severe congestion that can make it difficult to breathe. 

How is acute sinusitis different from chronic sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis is short term. It’s often brought on by the common cold when bacteria infect your sinuses. 

Symptoms persisting more than 12 weeks are considered chronic sinusitis. With chronic sinusitis, it's difficult to breathe through your nose. The area around your eyes may also feel swollen. 

With both acute and chronic sinusitis, the team at the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders pinpoints the reason for your condition. Then, they recommend treatment to relieve congestion and open your nasal passages.

What causes chronic sinusitis?

A variety of factors lead to ongoing sinusitis, such as a recurring cold or allergies. Nasal polyps can block your nasal passages or sinuses, resulting in chronic sinusitis.

A deviated nasal septum also causes chronic sinusitis. This is a condition where the septum — the thin wall separating your nostrils — is off-center and blocks your nasal passages.

How is sinusitis treated?

The Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders tailors your treatment to your condition. Antibiotics are usually needed to treat a bacterial infection. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders team may suggest a nasal spray with steroids or oral or injectable corticosteroids. If your condition is allergy-related, your provider discusses immunotherapy to build up your natural resistance to allergens.

With polyps, your provider may recommend removing the growths with a small SINUVA implant. They insert the implant in your sinus cavity, where the device gradually releases medicine to shrink polyps, relieve congestion, and help restore your sense of smell. Your provider then removes the implant after 90 days.

What is sinus balloon dilation?

Sinus balloon dilation is an outpatient procedure to treat chronic sinusitis. The procedure uses a tiny balloon to open up your blocked sinus passageways without incisions. The team at the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders offers this procedure with local anesthesia, so you don’t need to go to a hospital. 

If you’ve been battling sinus infections for some time, call the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders today for sinusitis treatment.