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Nasal airway obstruction can be uncomfortable and annoying. Blocked nasal passages force you to breathe through your mouth, making simple, everyday activities such as eating, speaking, and sleeping more difficult. Sometimes the cause of nasal airway obstruction is enlarged turbinates. Turbinates are small, bony structures located in the nasal passages that are covered with mucous membranes.
Nasal turbinates facilitate the conduction, filtration, heating, and humidification of the air we breathe, and can be affected by a variety of factors. Allergies or environmental irritants (such as smoke or household chemicals) are the most common cause of irritation, inflammation, and enlargement of turbinates, resulting in blocked nasal passages. Additional causes of turbinate enlargement include anatomical factors (such as a deviated septum) and hormonal changes (such as those that occur during pregnancy). Turbinate size can also fluctuate throughout the day, especially depending on head position (i.e. standing up versus lying down).
Turbinate Reduction Insurance Coverage
Given the complexity of insurance, we have a team of specialists ready to guide you throughout the process. ADVENT does not require a referral and is an in-network provider for many insurance carriers. Visit our Insurance page for a list of in-network providers.
Turbinate Reduction at ADVENT
Turbinate reduction can be performed in conjunction with balloon sinuplasty.
Finally get answers to your sinus questions. Your first visit is focused on finding the facts with an exam to ensure we understand the root of your issue. We'll discuss your goals and design a plan specific to you. If this visit is in-office, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation of your Breathing Triangle® (virtual patients receive this at their first in-office visit).
Understand what is going on inside your nasal passages with an in-office CT Scan. Your doctor will immediately review the results with you and discuss a personalized plan to solve your issues. We'll help you navigate the complexities of insurance. Before you begin your treatment plan, you can get an estimate of all out-of-pocket costs.
On the day of your turbinate reduction procedure, a local anesthetic is applied and the soft tissue inside the turbinates will be shrunken with gentle radio frequency and saline, a process called coblation. Coblation is a low-heat process that precisely targets enlarged turbinates and preserves surrounding healthy tissue and can be performed in less than 10 minutes.
Recovery from a Turbinate Reduction is quick, and patients can return to their usual activities the next day. You’ll return for a 1-week, 3-week, 6-week and 12-week follow-up visit to ensure your recovery is on track.
“Before my procedure, I had a lot of headaches on a regular basis – I was missing work, not able to participate in my kids lives or family social life and those have gone away. It’s been very life-changing as I got my life back and I am able to fully engage and enjoy the things we like to do as a family.”
A Specialized ENT Doctor Experience
We listen and understand your frustration from prior ineffective treatment. Here's what to expect at ADVENT:
- A solutions driven experience - never band-aids that provide you temporary relief.
- A proper evaluation of The Breathing Triangle®. ADVENT specializes in nose and throat issues.
- A proven process. ADVENT developed The Patient Journey™ to reach simple, efficient solutions to your nose, sinus, snoring and/or sleep apnea concerns.