Monthly Archives: August 2015


How Balloon Sinus Dilation Can Improve Your Life

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When you suffer from chronic sinus infections, the smallest tasks can seem impossible. The debilitating pain and tenderness around your eyes, cheeks, nose, and forehead combines with bothersome congestion to make breathing difficult and daily activities a lot less fun. You feel as if you can’t get anything done when the symptoms of your chronic sinusitis are so disruptive. If you’re tired of putting up with chronic sinus issues, you may be interested in CT Sinus Center’s Balloon Sinus Dilation procedure.

This treatment option is a non-invasive procedure that offers patients long-term sinus relief. To start, our physicians will administer a local anesthetic to your nasal passages so they can insert an inflatable tube. Next, the balloon is inflated, which provides your doctor with the opportunity to drain your nasal passages using a sterile saline solution. This balloon helps open the sinus passages, which decreases the risk of symptoms returning.

We see many sinusitis cases come in, ranging from mild to severe. If the problem is serious enough, you could be a candidate for our balloon sinus dilation procedure. If you suffer from chronic sinus headaches, regular facial and sinus pain, experience repeat sinus infections that don’t respond to medication, or are regularly dizzy and disoriented as a result of sinus pressure, then this procedure is for you. The experts at CT Sinus Center can drain your nasal passages, reduce the recurrence of ailments, and provide you with long lasting, much-needed relief.

This procedure doesn’t simply treat your symptoms, it helps reshape your nasal passages, effectively eliminating the chances of continued problems. By reshaping them, it will help drainage for your sinuses while increasing airflow. This procedure also decreases the number of headaches due to sinus issues, and will give patients the long-term relief they need. Since the procedure is non-invasive, there is minimal downtime and recovery time associated with it. Many patients are back to doing the things they love the very next day.

If over the counter and prescription sinus medications are unable to provide you with effective sinus pain relief, balloon sinus dilation may be the solution for you. Schedule a consultation with the experts at CT Sinus Center to see what treatment options are available. To learn more about this procedures and others, visit our website and check-in to our blog.


Meet the CT Sinus Center Team: Doctor Loughlin

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When you’re looking for a doctor, there are certain criteria they must meet. You want them to be personable, trustworthy, knowledgeable in their field, and comforting. At CT Sinus Center, our physicians meet these criteria and share common values towards patient-centered care. Today, we’d like to highlight one doctor in particular, Dr. Chris Loughlin.

Dr. Loughlin was raised in the New Britain, CT area, and got his undergraduate degrees from Central Connecticut State University. He graduated in 1988 with honors in biology and economics, and then attended the University of Connecticut Medical School where he graduated in 1992. In order to complete his internship at Wake Forest University Medical Center, Dr. Loughlin moved down to North Carolina where he stayed until he completed his residency in otolaryngology in 1997. A year later, Dr. Loughlin was certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Over the years, Dr. Loughlin grew interest in nasal/sinus disorders and allergies, head and neck tumors, thyroid masses, and sleep apnea/snoring surgery, which compelled him to gain a vast knowledge of these conditions. This expertise made him the perfect addition to the CT Sinus Center team. Dr. Loughlin’s years of experience allows him to answer the questions of patients in a detailed, yet easy-to-understand manner, while his easygoing and comforting personality puts patients at ease. When he’s not in the office taking care of patients, he can be found with his wife and three kids either rowing, kayaking, or playing basketball.

If it’s superior patient care you’re looking for, then look no further. Dr. Loughlin takes the time to explain his diagnosis and the options available to the patient. Working with the other physicians at CT Sinus Center, he can provide patients with one-stop shopping and, in many cases, same-day treatment. If you’d like to experience the superior care that Dr. Loughlin and our other physicians offer, book an appointment today! For information on sinus and allergy issues, visit our website, and check into our blog weekly.


What is Sleep Apnea?

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You’re in bed and on the brink of that wondrous deep sleep, when you suddenly hear what sounds like a lion roaring at the other side of the bed. You wake up only to realize that the lion roaring is actually your partner snoring and totally disturbing your sleep. If this sounds like a situation you’ve experienced before, it’s important to know that your partner’s snoring isn’t just a nuisance, but could actually be a more serious issue, like sleep apnea.

The Mayo Clinic describes sleep apnea as, “A potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.” This disorder is broken down into two types: obstructive sleep apnea, and central sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

When a person suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles in the back of their throat become relaxed, which narrows or closes the airway. This results in lower levels of oxygen in the blood. The brain can sense the body’s inability to breathe and will briefly wake up so that airways can be reopened. The sufferer will not remember waking up because it is so brief, but it can occur between 5-30 times an hour throughout the night. Most people that suffer from sleep apnea have obstructive sleep apnea.

Central Sleep Apnea:

Central sleep apnea is less common, occuring when the brains fails to transmits signals to your breathing muscles. People that suffer from this type often wake up with shortness of breath. They also have difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep. Central sleep apnea is most often caused by heart failure or stroke.

There are many symptoms associated with sleep apnea. Most sufferers will experience excessive daytime sleepiness, since their body is constantly waking them up throughout the night. They can also encounter loud snoring, morning headaches, insomnia, or attention problems. On top of that, a person with sleep apnea may wake up abruptly with shortness of breath, and suffer from a dry mouth or sore throat. If you or your partner have experienced one or more of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor.

Besides the obvious danger resulting from not breathing, there are other reasons as to why this disorder is dangerous. Sleep apnea can affect your sleeping patterns, making you extremely tired during the day and inhibiting activities. This is dangerous because it can, in some cases, cause motor vehicle accidents or accidents on the job. There are also other health risks associated with sleep apnea, such as high blood pressure, stroke, or heart disease.

Sleep apnea can be caused by many things, including nasal congestion. If that’s the case, the experts at CT Sinus Center can help! We offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical options available for sleep apnea sufferers. To find out more about CT Sinus Center, visit our website and check-in to our blog weekly!


Temporary Relief: A Guide to Over-the-Counter Allergy Medicine

When allergies are taking over your life, you’ll take any type of relief that you can get. The first thing you should do is call CT Sinus Center and book an appointment. Then, while you wait for that, you can use this guide to over-the-counter allergy medicine for some temporary relief.

Background:

Allergy medications are usually broken down into three classifications: pills, nasal sprays, and eye drops. Those are further broken down into two classes of drugs: decongestants and antihistamines. A decongestant is used to reduce swelling and can help improve airflow in the upper respiratory tract. Antihistamines are used to block the chemical in the body called histamine, which is a chemical released by white blood cells to neutralize “invaders” in the body.

Allergy Pills:

Most allergy sufferers will turn to an antihistamine or decongestant pill at the first sign of any symptoms.

  • Antihistamine: The pill will attach to the natural histamines in your body and block them from agitating your system.
    • Active Ingredients: loratadine and cetirizine
    • Relieves: itching and congestion associated with allergies
    • Drawbacks: certain medicines can cause drowsiness
  • Decongestant: This pill is used to combat allergies.
    • Active Ingredient: pseudoephedrine
    • Relieves: sinus congestion
    • Drawbacks: can sometimes cause dizziness, anxiety, and irregular heartbeat

Nasal Sprays:

These are usually decongestants and send their active ingredients straight to the source.

  • Decongestant: The medicine will constrict irritated blood vessels in the nose.
    • Active Ingredients: phenylephrine or oxymetazoline
    • Relieves: sinus pressure
    • Drawbacks: may potentially cause nosebleeds or throat irritation

Eye Drops:

Common symptoms that accompanies allergies are itchy or watery eyes.

  • Antihistamine:
    • Active Ingredient: ketotifen
    • Relieves: allergy symptoms in the eyes
    • Drawbacks: needs to be applied frequently
  • Decongestant:
    • Active Ingredients: tetrahydrozoline and naphazoline
    • Relieves: will temporarily shrink inflamed blood vessels in the eye
    • Drawbacks: overuse of drops will have opposite effects

This guide will offer you relief, but it will only be temporary. If you’re tired of suffering from chronic sinus issues and allergies, you need relief that will be permanent. Come see the experts at CT Sinus Center! We offer many treatment options that immediately provide permanent relief, and have our patients back-in-action the very next day. To learn more about all things CT Sinus Center, visit our website, or check up on our blog.