Experienced Kirkland ENT Doctors
Our ears, nose and throat are interconnected. When something affects the ears, there is a great chance that there is discomfort in the nose and throat. The same may be true, given the reverse. Discomfort of the throat may be coupled with discomfort with the ears and nose.
The ears, nose, and throat are a part of the upper respiratory system. Additionally, they share the mucous membranes. Given such, it’s very common to have problems with your throat, alongside issues with your ears and nose. Such issues may encompass: infection, congestion, swelling, headache, dripping and other ailments.
So, for the discomfort you have with either your ears, nose or throat, you need a skilled team of doctors, ready to assist. The doctors of NW Face Medical will provide you with complete care of your ears, nose and throat, using the most ground-breaking techniques, to address and remedy your problems. Drs. Sunil Ummat and Ludwig Allegra are two of Kirkland’s most experienced Otolaryngologists / ENT doctors. With their usage of innovative diagnostics, therapies and treatments, you’ll understand the cause of your discomfort, as well as various treatment options available to you.
Understanding the Ear, Nose and Throat
Otolaryngologists treat disorders of the ears, nose and throat. Commonly referred to as ENT doctors, otolaryngologists have received additional training on conditions that affect the ears, nose and throat. An ENT doctor can provide surgical and medical treatment of not only the ears, nose and throat, but the:
- Nasal and sinus passages
- Oral cavity
- Voice Box (the Larynx)
- Face structures
- Neck structures
- Upper pharynx and more.
At NW Face Medical, Drs. Ludwig Allegra Sunil Ummat will not only help patients to alleviate pain, pressure and discomfort of the ears, nose and throat, but they will also find the causes source of the problem. Some of the most common issues of the ears, nose and throat include but aren’t limited to:
Ears: ringing (Tinnitus), diminished or complete hearing loss or hearing impairment, dizziness, vertigo, ear wax build up, infections, swelling and tenderness.
Throat: Inability to swallow, eat, sing or speak, sore throat, strep throat and tonsillitis.
With both Drs. Sunil Ummat and Ludwig Allegra each having over two decades of experience in Otolaryngology, you can be assured of comprehensive treatment for your ENT disorders. As award-winning physicians, they stand dedicated to your health and wellness.
Our ENT doctors are renowned physicians in the treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders. Furthermore, they can also help with other sicknesses such as:
- Chronic and acute sinusitis
- Sinus infections
- Deviated septum
- Ear infections
- Sleep apnea
- Nasal Polyps
- Nose bleeding
- Restricted airway passages
- Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus), ear pain and pressure
- Restricted breathing
- Turbinate Hypertrophy
- Disorders of the voice (voice box)
- Common cold
- Swallowing disorders (Dysphagia)
- Inability to smell, speak or sing
- Lumps or masses found on the throat, neck or other areas, affecting the ear, nose and throat.
What Are the Most Common Sinus Problems?
The sinuses are a system of interconnected cavities in the skull. In the average adult, the largest sinus cavities measure approximately one inch across. Other sinus cavities are smaller, Broken down by location:
- The ethmoid sinuses are located between the eyes.
- The frontal sinuses are located at the lower center of the forehead.
- Within the bones behind the nose is where the sphenoid sinuses can be found.
- The cheekbones are where the maxillary sinuses (the largest of the sinuses) are located.
Turbinates are ridge-like cavities within the nose that function to filter as well as moisten the air an individual breathes. The septum is a thin wall, dividing the nose. Furthermore, most sinuses will drain into the nose through a small channel or drainage passage, referred to by physicians as the “middle meatus.”
Sinuses are lined with a delicate soft tissue referred to as the mucosa. In a normal state, a person’s sinuses are empty, with the exception of mucus.
However, there are instances in which a patient can suffer acute, as well as chronic problems with their sinuses. These issues can lead to facial pain, pressure buildup, excessive drainage, headaches and other disorders.
Some of the most common sinus disorders include:
- Chronic sinusitis or rhinosinusitis: This condition includes various infections of the sinuses and causes persistent pain, pressure and discomfort. Individuals chronic sinusitis also suffer from inflamed or swollen sinuses.
- Acute sinusitis: Sufferers of acute sinusisti suffer from inflammation or swelling of the sinuses, severe nasal congestion, pain and pressure in the cheeks, forehead and areas around the eyes. For many, acute sinusistis can cause pain in the entire face. Additionally, discomfort and problems occur when bacteria, viruses and fungi enter into the sinus cavities.
- Deviated septum: When the nasal septum, (the cartilage and bone that separate the nasal cavity into two) is crooked or misaligned, this makes breathing difficult. Many individuals have some sort of degree of a skewed or asymmetrical breathing passages. However, when a septum is severely dislocated, medical care is paramount.
- Nasal polyps: Polyps are painless, benign nodules or growths located in the sinuses or the lining of the nose. They may be present if an individual suffers from a constant runny nose, post-nasal drip, mucus that looks thick and discolored or some other ailment.
- Allergic rhinitis / hay fever: This condition is the allergic response to environmental factors such as pollen, dust, and mold. For many, the spring season is a season to dread, due to a rise in hay fever. Trees garner pollen, causing many individuals to constantly blow their nose, and endure the hardship of swollen sinuses, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing and other problems.
- Turbinate hypertrophy: This condition is the enlargement of the turbinates which are small structures in the nose. Enlarged turbinates can also contribute to headaches and sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
At NW Face Medical, our specially trained staff can help to alleviate your sinus conditions with the most innovative treatments available. Beginning with a comprehensive examination of the nose and sinuses, the most effective treatment plan created, to help you live a life free of sinus disorders. Our ground-breaking balloon sinuplasty procedure helps to unblock sinuses and restore complete breathing.
What are Treatment Options for Sleep Disorders?
Whether you suffer from chronic snoring, sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea, the ENT doctors of Kirkland’s NW Face Medical can provide you with relief, ensuring a sound sleep.
Drs. Ummat and Allegra can provide patients with non-surgical as well as surgical treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Our comprehensive treatments include: oral-maxillofacial therapies, pulmonology services, education, intricate testing and lifestyle support.
Upon diagnosi of a sleep disorder, you’ll have immediate access to some of the most ground-breaking medical therapies, technology and devices helping you to have a more complete and rejuvenating sleep.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea
When a person’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts, sleep apnea exists. You may suffer from sleep apnea if you awaken after a night’s sleep and feel lethargic, fatigued and possibly irritable. Obstructive sleep apnea, is a condition that forms when the throat muscles relax, restricting the airway during sleep.
Snoring is caused by a person’s vibrating soft palate or back of tongue during the passage of air, between the throat and the nose during sleep. In an awakened state, muscle functions keep these structures from falling against the back of the throat, even while resting. But, during sleep, those same muscles relax, causing possible partial collapse of the palate and tongue. This causes us to struggle to pull air through a narrower breathing passage.
For suffers of snoring and sleep apnea, Drs. Ummat and Allegra can provide complete treatment and therapies, helping to create a sounder sleep and rest. Some of the most common treatments for snoring include:
- CPAP– A continuous positive airway pressure machine can help with sleep apnea and snoring. The machine helps to blow room air into the back of the patient’s throat, helping to prevent it from collapse.
- Surgery– If deemed a medical necessity, surgery may be recommended to treat chronic sleep apnea and snoring. Generally, surgeries to treat snoring and sleep apnea take place at the back of the snorer’s patient’s throat, the nose or the roof of the mouth. Drs. Ummat and Allegra have specialized training in surgical procedures for the treatment of sleep apnea snoring, and a high success rate performing these surgeries.
Why Choose NW Face Medical for Your ENT Care?
There are many options when it comes to the treatment of your ears, nose and throat. Drs. Ummat and Allegra at Kirkland’s NW Face Medical are up to date on the most current procedures and can provide you with individualized care for your ENT ailments.
At Kirkland’s NW Face Medical, we use the most cutting-edge and state-of-the-art tools to diagnose and treat conditions of the ears, nose and throat including:
- In-office CT Scanner
- Digital X-rays
- Intra-operative stealth navigation and more.
Each and every member of our team will provide you with the most complete, most uncompromised and most efficient care for the treatment of your ears, nose and throat. It’s our mission to make you comfortable, happy and healthy with ENT treatments that are effective and enduring. You’ve suffered long enough; now it’s time for real relief. Let the team at Kirkland’s NW Face Medical offer you long-lasting and efficient ENT care. Connect with us online or contact us today for an appointment. Call 425-522-0555. We look forward to serving you!
At Kirkland’s NW Face Medical, you will be treated with the compassion, respect and dignity you need and deserve. We realize that ENT disorders vary from patient to patient and strive to provide the best treatment for the individual.