What Exactly is an ENT?
January 9, 2018
Especially when patients are referred to us from a general family physician, we find that there is a little confusion as to what exactly an ENT does.
So, we thought we’d make a quick easy guide that outlines exactly what it is our ENT’s specialize in, and how that specialization is helping thousands of people find total airway health.
Ear, Nose and Throat
Though the formal name for this division of medicine is otolaryngology, the specialization is most often referred to as Ear, Nose and Throat. It’s actually the oldest medical specialty in the United States!
ENT specialists are unique from other medical specialists in that they’re trained in both medical and surgical management of ear, nose, and throat disorders.
In addition to medical school, board certified ENT specialists must complete about 5 years of specialty and pass a comprehensive exam from the American Board of Otolaryngology in order to practice.
The Head and Neck
While an ENT’s most obvious area of expertise are the ears, nose, and throat, they’re also experts at treating head and neck issues.
This is because structures of the neck and face are so intimately intertwined with the ears nose, and throat. So, you’ll find that facial plastic surgeons, like our own Dr. Paige Bundrick out of the Louisiana clinic, are ENT’s.
Because this system is so interconnected, ENT specialists are often able to heal a plethora of airway diseases, just by having such a deep understanding of each component.
If you were only going to a throat doctor, you may not know that the reason your throat is infected is because of sinus drainage coming from your nose!
At BreatheAmerica, we’ve taken this basic understanding of the ENT specialty to the next level, creating customized treatment plans that promote healing through complete airway health.
Our motto is One Airway, One Disease.
When to See an ENT Specialist
An ENT is able to treat a very wide range of ear, nose, throat, head, and neck issues (here’s a great list of ENT-treatable issues), an easy indication that you’re in need of ENT care is if you’re experiencing sinus, allergy, or asthma trouble.
This could be caused by injury or by a lifelong struggle with airway health. One of our favorite success stories comes from our VP, who was a patient of our clinic before ever taking a job with us.
Read Tim’s story here!