Ocala ENT Services
Welcome to Ocala ENT, where compassionate care meets advanced expertise. Our commitment to your comfort and health drives us to provide a comprehensive range of ENT services tailored to your unique needs. Whether you’re seeking relief from sinus issues, hearing problems, or any other ENT concern, our skilled team is here to guide you towards a life of better health.
Head and Neck Cancers
There are early symptoms for detecting most head and neck cancers. Below are some of the warning signs so you can spot them early and contact your doctor.
- A lump in the neck
- Change in the voice
- A growth in the mouth
- Swallowing problems
- Bringing up blood
- Changes in the skin
- Persistent earache
Although any and all of these symptoms could occur without cancer being present, you should consult with your doctor ASAP to determine the cause and treatment.
Our Head and Neck Cancers Services:
- Melanoma of the Head and Neck
- Skin Malignancy Cancer of the Nose and Sinuses
- Salivary Gland Cancers
- Lip Cancers
- Cancer of the Oral Cavity
- Lymphoma of the Head and Neck
- Oropharyngeal Cancer
- Cancer of the Larynx
The ear, nose, and throat physicians at Ocala ENT provide pediatric otolaryngology. They are experienced in treating conditions both in the office and operating room that occur often and/or exclusively among babies, children, and adolescent patients.
Common conditions and treatments include:
- Infections, including ear infections
- “Strep throat” and sinusitis
- Sore throats & hoarseness
- Enlarged adenoids and tonsils
- Breathing difficulties
- Foreign objects in the ear, nose, or throat
- Nosebleeds (epistaxis)
- Congenital abnormalities
- Hearing loss
- Ear Infections (tubes)
- Congenital Cysts
- Tumors of the Head and Neck
Diseases of the Salivary Gland
Your salivary glands make saliva – sometimes called spit – and empty it into your mouth through openings called ducts. Saliva makes your food moist, which helps you chew and swallow. It helps you digest your food. It also cleans your mouth and contains antibodies that can kill germs. Problems with salivary glands can cause the glands to become irritated and swollen. This causes symptoms such as:
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Dry mouth
- Pain in the face or mouth
- Swelling of the face or neck
- Causes of salivary gland problems include infections, obstruction, or cancer
- Problems can also be due to other disorders, such as mumps or Sjogren’s syndrome
- Inflammatory Diseases
- Sialolithiasis (stones)
- Cancer Cysts
Diseases of the Parathyroid
Most people have four pea-sized glands, called parathyroid glands, on the thyroid gland in the neck. Though their names are similar, the thyroid and parathyroid glands are completely different. The parathyroid glands make parathyroid hormone (PTH), which helps your body keep the right balance of calcium and phosphorous. If your parathyroid glands make too much or too little hormone, it disrupts this balance. If they secrete extra PTH, you have hyperparathyroidism, and your blood calcium rises. In many cases, a benign tumor on a parathyroid gland makes it overactive. Or, the extra hormones can come from enlarged parathyroid glands. Very rarely, the cause is cancer. If you do not have enough PTH, you have hypoparathyroidism. Your blood will have too little calcium and too much phosphorous. Causes include injury to the glands, endocrine disorders, or genetic conditions. Treatment is aimed at restoring the balance of calcium and phosphorous.
- Diagnosis and Surgery of Benign and Malignant Tumors
- Primary Hyperparathyroidism
At Ocala ENT, we know how important your hearing is to your life and your relationships. That’s why our audiologists are much more than experts on the latest hearing technology. We take the time to get to know you and the specific listening situations that are most challenging for you before creating a customized better-hearing plan tailored to your specific needs. Unlike other hearing aid retailers and big-box outlets, we provide an alternative to cookie-cutter medical care:
- Credentialed, experienced audiologists who keep up to date with the latest advances in hearing care research and technology.
- Recommendations that put our patients’ interests first
- Access to the latest hearing technology — not “new” technology that was new three years ago
- A comprehensive, collaborative approach to helping you hear better
- Free follow-up adjustments and hearing retraining programs that are included as an integral part of your investment in better hearing
- Hearing Aid Sales & Service
- Speech/Language Evaluations
- Hearing Aid Accessories
If you experience any change in the way you feel or sound with regard to your voice, Ocala ENT physicians can help. Symptoms of voice disorders include discomfort or strain when talking or singing, hoarseness, roughness, breathiness or weakness in the voice. A voice disorder may result from many causes, including overuse or misuse of the voice, benign or cancerous lesions, or one of many medical conditions that contribute to voice problems. Many voice disorders can be treated with medications and/or behavioral modifications. Sometimes surgery is necessary. Voice therapy often is the first-line treatment option. It involves teaching techniques and exercises to rebalance the systems necessary for optimal voice.
- Surgical Repair of Paralyzed Vocal Cords
- Laryngitis Vocal Nodules and Polyps
- Tumors of the Vocal Cords
- Diagnosis of Hoarseness
Ocala ENT is dedicated to issues related to sleep-disordered breathing. Snoring and sleep apnea can lead to problems far more serious than the disruption of bedroom harmony. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. The condition also increases a person’s risk for automobile accidents. Our physicians conduct a comprehensive assessment of health risks associated with your condition; an individualized treatment strategy to reduce long-term risks, eliminate snoring and improve quality of sleep; and ongoing reassessment of your condition and progress using objective and validated measures in order to ensure the most positive outcomes possible.
- Diagnosis of Sleep Disorders
- Surgery for Sleep Apnea
- Treatment for Snoring
- Sleepiness Test
More than 50 million people in the United States alone experience allergies. Discovering what you are allergic to is an important initial step to a successful treatment. With the advancement of medical technology, allergy tests are more convenient and accurate than they have ever been. They can be seasonal (pollen) or annual (i.e., food and pets). No matter what the cause, allergies can make you feel unpleasant such as sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, nasal congestion, skin rash, and life-threatening issues. Testing can be a blood test or a skin test. Diagnosis can be done fairly quickly so we can recommend the proper treatment to having you feel better. Treatment can include nasal sprays, medication, allergy shots, and allergy drops (No shots!).
- Skin testing for nasal allergy
- Blood testing for nasal allergy
- Immunotherapy for allergic disease
- Sublingual Immunotherapy for allergic disease
- Environmental Education
Skin Renewal IPL
New Treatments for Sun Damage, Skin Discoloration, Brown Spots, Scars, Fine Wrinkles, and Facial Veins are available from Ocala ENT.
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Results are quick and effective, the procedure is very mild, and recovery is complete in days!
Diseases of the Ear
Our ears connect us to the outside world. They also contribute to our sense of balance. When our ears don’t function as they should, it can be frustrating, life-limiting and socially isolating. More than 36 million Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss, many of them as a result of repeated exposure to loud noises. Our physicians and audiologists are experts in the most advanced diagnostic techniques and treatments for all conditions affecting the ears, including:
- Chronic ear infections
- Congenital abnormalities
- Ear and skull base tumors
- Full or partial hearing loss
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sudden deafness
While some types of hearing loss are permanent, our ear specialists are skilled in alternative treatments such as cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing aids, which can provide a semblance of sounds to children and adults who are deaf or extremely hard of hearing. Above all, our highly trained physicians are dedicated to providing you with the best, most compassionate care to preserve your hearing and health.
- Evaluation of Hearing Loss
- Evaulation of the Dizzy Patient
- Eustachian Tube Disfunction
- Balloon Eustachian Tube Dilation
- Infections of the External Ear
- Repair of Trauma to the External Ear
- Congenitial Malformations
- Infections of the Middle Ear
- Surgery of the Mastoid
- Reconstruction of the Ear Drum
- Surgery for Hearing Tinnitus (ringing of the ear)
Diseases of the Nose
The sinuses are air spaces located within the face and head. Each of the four groups of sinuses has an opening that provides an outlet for the mucous to drain. This drainage is what allows your sinuses to remain clear. If there is anything that is obstructing the flow, it may lead to mucous buildup and therefore cause inflammation. Signs and symptoms of sinusitis may include:
- Facial pain or pressure
- Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
- Loss of the sense of smell or taste
- Bad breath
- Tooth pain
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Sore throat
- Ear pressure
- Diagnosis of Allergic Patients
- Smell Disorders
- Evaluation of Nasal Obstruction
- Balloon Sinus Dilation
- Cryosurgery (Clarifix)
- Cancer Cosmetic Repair of the Nose (Rhinoplasty)
- Nosebleeds (Epistaxis)
Diseases of the Throat
Your ability to speak and hear influences how well you communicate with the world around you. Problems affecting your throat can have a major impact on your relationships, education, career opportunities, and self-image. Ocala ENT specialists diagnose and treat patients experiencing hoarseness, pain, and difficulty swallowing. These symptoms can be caused by nerve or muscle disorders, stroke, respiratory illness, medical or surgical intervention, or even radiation therapy.
- Taste Disorders
- Video Stroboscopy
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Swallowing Disorders
- Laryngoesophageal Reflux Disease (LPR)
Facial Plastic Surgery
All of our Otolaryngologists are trained in Facial Plastic Surgery. Our practice is focused on the head and neck; therefore we are naturally facial specialists with knowledge of the intricacies of facial anatomy, techniques of facial plastic surgery, and aesthetics of the face. We provide a wide variety of services in facial plastic surgery for reconstructive and cosmetic purposes. Many of the procedures can even be performed right here in the comfort and privacy of our own office. Our cosmetic surgical options include injectables, skin care treatments, and products that can be used alone or to enhance the results of the more invasive procedures. All procedures are done in our office or at the Surgery Center of Ocala. Cosmetic consultations are free!
Plastic Surgery Services:
- Browlift (Traditional and Endoscopic)
- Face Lift
Facial Aesthetics Services:
- Professional Solutions – Medical Grade Skin Care Products
- Facial Peels
- Fractional Laser Treatments
- Intense Pulse Light Treatments (IPL)
- Juvederm Ultra / Ultra Plus
- Juvederm Voluma
Diseases of the Thyroid
Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. Thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter (enlarged gland) that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer. The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Too much thyroid hormone results in a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Insufficient hormone production leads to hypothyroidism. Although the effects can be unpleasant or uncomfortable, most thyroid problems can be managed well if properly diagnosed and treated.
- Surgery for Thyroid Goiter
- In-office ultrasound evaluation and biopsies
- Surgery for Tumors of the Thyroid
Ocala ENT is excited to announce our partnership with the American Institute of Balance (AIB), located in Largo, FL. AIB is one of the country’s best-known diagnostic, treatment, and educational facilities specializing in equilibrium disorders. The Institute is widely recognized for providing practitioners with the most current clinical and scientific breakthroughs in treatments. We are proud to announce that AIB has qualified us as a Center of Specialty Care!
Balance and the Vestibular System
The medical term for the part of the inner ear involved with balance is called the vestibular system. The vestibular system is an organ located within the inner ear which relays information to the brain about the balance and orientation of the head and body. Balance is a complex interaction that requires input from our vestibular system, in addition to our vision and the sensation from our feet, muscles, and joints. If any one of these systems is not working properly, you will suffer loss of balance.
A balance disorder may be caused by viral or bacterial infections in the ear, a head injury, or blood circulation disorders that affect the inner ear or brain. Many people experience problems with their sense of balance as they get older. Balance problems and dizziness also can result from taking certain medications. However, many balance disorders can begin all of a sudden and with no obvious cause. Your physician may have referred you to our clinic as the balance experts who will help in the process of determining possible causes and best treatment options.
The inner ear is home to the hearing and balance centers. The receptors within the ear allow signals to be received and processed by a variety of locations within the central nervous system and the brain. Unlike imaging studies which show only the anatomy or structures, this family of tests allows your doctor to better understand how the system is working and where a problem may arise. Depending on your condition, your physician may recommend an evaluation of the hearing and/or balance centers as they are all part of the inner ear. All testing is easy, comfortable, and uses advanced technology.