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We Accept Aetna Insurance

Exciting news for our patients along the Wasatch Front: the Ear, Nose & Throat Center now accepts Aetna health insurance. This is big news because many people in Utah who seek the services of an ENT doctor are covered by Aetna health insurance as part of a corporate or personal health plan.

“The Ear, Nose and Throat Center is proud to accept Aetna insurance,” said Dr. Steven Miller of the Ear, Nose and Throat Center of Salt Lake City. “With more than 100,000 Aetna subscribers in Utah, we wanted to ensure that all of our ENT doctors accept Aetna health insurance. It’s one more way we can make sure our patients have access to the health care and services they need.”

The Ear, Nose and Throat Center has offices on both ends of the Salt Lake valley. Our original office is located in downtown Salt Lake City on 900 East and 22 South. But many patients visit our ENT office in Draper that is located at 12200 South and 756 East. And the practice also operates an office in Park City located at 1820 Sidewinder Drive.

View: ENT Center locations

The Ear, Nose and Throat Center already accepts health insurance from most major providers, including United Health Care, Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield and many others.

“Adding Aetna insurance coverage to the wide range of health insurance carriers we already accept is an important development in our practice,” said Dr. Miller. “More coverage and more options is better for everyone.”

View: List of Accepted Health Care Plans

Meet Our ENT Doctors in Utah

The seven board-certified Utah ENT doctors listed below now all accept Aetna insurance and are committed to providing excellent care.

About the Ear, Nose and Throat Center

The Ear, Nose & Throat Center has served patients across Salt Lake City, Sandy, Draper and Park City since 1968. We’re dedicated to providing outstanding care that promotes and maintains your good health. Our board-certified physicians and staff work closely with patients to diagnose, prevent and treat adult and pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders. We also provide a wide array of services for pediatric and adult patients.

Call us at 801-328-2522 to set an appointment today with an ENT doctor in Salt Lake City and Draper, Utah.

Acid Reflux and Turkey

Thanksgiving is the annual day of gluttony. We gather ’round the table with family and friends and then proceed to gorge ourselves on a mix of delicious turkey, buttery breads, smothered potatoes laden with sour cream, chives, more butter and possibly gravy. Mix in cranberries, alcoholic drinks and sodas, plus a few helpings of pumpkin and apple pie and you have a recipe for a long afternoon nap.

And yes, if you’re an acid reflux sufferer, a long afternoon of heartburn.

Acid reflux is more common than you might expect. Estimates peg the number of acid reflux sufferers at approximately 60 million in the United States alone. In Utah, we see plenty of acid reflux or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease sufferers. The Ear, Nose and Throat Center diagnoses and treats acid reflux patients daily.

If you count yourself among the sufferers, chances are you view Thanksgiving and other large holiday meals with a mix of excitement and angst. You love the food; the food simply doesn’t love you back. A big meal often results in indigestion, heartburn, feelings of bloating and general discomfort.

Read: The Symptoms of Acid Reflux Disease
Fortunately, the hero of Thanksgiving day, your old friend turkey, is actually quite easy on most people’s stomachs and is a good substitute for beef in many dishes. That’s largely due to the lower fat content of turkey compared to beef.

But turkey tastes great, too, which is why we recommend acid reflux sufferers experiment with turkey recipes in order to find a few favorites. If you’re ready to adjust your diet, try a few of these turkey recipes including mushroom and cheese turkey burgers, turkey meatballs and spaghetti and turkey tetrazinni.

Many restaurants are starting to offer turkey as a substitute for beef. For instance, Carl’s Jr. is famous for their beef burgers. But look closely at their menu and you’ll find tasty concoctions like a Turkey Guacamole Burger or a Turkey Terriyaki Burger. We’ve sampled both and they’re tasty and lighter than the traditional burger. Add a low-fat cheese and you have a tasty concoction literally in your hands. But stay away from the fries since greasy french fries are a common trigger for heartburn and acid reflux symptoms.

Read: 11 Foods that Trigger Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Enjoy the annual rite of turkey day and enjoy yourself. But think wisely about what you should and shouldn’t eat if you want to enjoy the afternoon’s football game in peace instead of heartburn pain. And stay away from the pizza. Your body will thank you later.

Of course, in Utah, our ear, nose and throat doctors in Salt Lake City and Draper, Utah can help you learn more about treatment options for acid reflux disease. Call us at 801-328-2522.

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Strep Throat

If your symptoms and diagnosis confirm strep throat, it’s time for treatment. With the results of the rapid stress test in hand, your ENT doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat strep throat.

We strongly encourage the use of antibiotics for two reasons:

  1. Antibiotics work quickly: Patients are no longer contagious within 24 hours from the time you begin taking antibiotics. That means you can get on with your life by returning to work or school and not worry about infecting others with strep throat.
  2. Antibiotics reduce the severity of strep throat symptoms and risk of complications: Strep throat is painful and the sooner your symptoms disappear, the better you feel. You should expect to feel better quickly, usually within 24 to 36 hours after you start taking antibiotics.

Common Strep Throat Antibiotics

If you or a child is diagnose with strep throat, your doctor will commonly prescribe oral antibiotics such as penicillin or amoxicillin in tablet or liquid form. Both antibiotics are effective in curing strep throat. However, your doctor may prescribe other antibiotics based on the strep throat diagnosis and the unique needs of the patient.

It’s also important to complete the entire prescription even if you begin to feel better quickly. Always follow the prescription plan as prescribed by your doctor.

If you don’t begin to feel better within 48 hours of using the prescribed antibiotics, call the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522.

Ways to Reduce Strep Throat Pain

You can reduce sore throat pain by using throat lozenges and gargling with warm salt water. If bad enough, liquid narcotic medicine may be prescribed. However, if the pain lingers and is particularly strong, you may also choose to reduce sore throat pain and reduce fever by using a variety of over-the-counter medications including ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Your doctor and/or pharmacist will also provide directions for the correct dosage of any prescription or over-the-counter medicines. With all medicines, be sure to read and follow the directions on the label and contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 with questions.

  • Ibuprofen products include Advil, Children’s Advil/Motrin, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever etc. Various store brand and generic versions of ibuprofen are also available.
  • Acetaminophen products include Tylenol and Children’s Tylenol. Like ibuprofen, generic versions of acetaminophen are available at most drug stores and are less expensive than the brand name products.

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center with Strep Throat Questions

While strep throat can be painful, it can also be cured quickly. If you suspect you have strep throat symptoms, our ENT doctors in Salt Lake City, Draper and Park City, Utah can quickly diagnose and treat strep throat. Call 801-328-2522 to set an appointment.

Polar bear robot helps people stop snoring

Can a Japanese Robot Bear Help People Stop Snoring?

People will try nearly anything to help stop snoring. Sleep strips. Special pillows. Anti-snoring sprays. Not to mention sleeping on our sides or sleeping alone.

Leave it to Japanese inventors to invent a robot that helps people stop snoring.

Even better, the robot is actually a pillow that is disguised as a bear. A polar bear to be precise (click the image to see the bear pillow in its full glory).

Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up.

This high-tech robot / polar-bear / anti-snoring device debuted at the International Robot Exhibition in Toyko, Japan. The inventor, Dr. Kabe from Wasaeda University in Japan, invented the device to help sleep apnea suffers. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that deserves serious attention since apnea sufferers stop breathing while sleeping.

Read: How the ENT Center Treats Sleep Apnea

But back to the robot. Its name is Jukusui-kun in Japanese or “Deep Sleep” in English and the robot uses built-in microphones to monitor snoring volume. The sleeper/snorer also wears a sleeve that monitors blood and oxygen levels by assessing the user’s pulse rate. Now here’s the best part: if the snoring gets too loud or oxygen levels decrease too low, the robot bear leans over and tickles the snorer’s face, which should, ideally, cause the snorer to turn to the side and, you guessed it, stop snoring.

Watch video of the Snoring Robot in Action

Get Real Snoring Treatment from the Ear, Nose and Throat Center

The robot bear is cute. It’s cuddly. And it allegedly helps you stop snoring but it’s not yet available in stores.

Frankly, we’re not buying it (the bear or the tickling therapy).

That’s because we know that when you’re ready to stop snoring, it makes the most sense to explore a more traditional route that starts by contacting an ENT doctor like our team at the Ear, Nose and Throat Center in Salt Lake City. We regularly help our patients overcome snoring through traditional treatments and the pillar procedure surgery. We can also help diagnose and treat sleep apnea.

Our methods may not be as cute as a robot. But they work. Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to learn more.

Read: The Facts about Snoring

Read: How the ENT Center Treats Snoring

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5 Facts about Neti Pots

Millions of Americans suffer from sinusitis or sinus infections each year. In Utah, we see patients who live with sinus infections year round and they wonder what they can do for sinus relief.

Sinusitis or a sinus infection occurs when the membrane lining of the sinus becomes inflamed. Patients often describe symptoms like a stuffy head, headaches, clogged nasal passages. Some even describe feeling like their head is going to explode. Fortunately, heads don’t explode from sinus infections, so rest easy.

Read: 20 Questions about Sinusitis and Sinus Infections

Sinus infections respond well to antibiotics and decongestants. But many sinusitis sufferers ask us about natural sinus remedies. One of the most popular you’ve likely heard about is a Neti pot. Dr. Oz introduced this natural nasal irrigation solution on the Oprah Winfrey show. Soon Neti pots were flying off the shelves at local drugstores.

But the question remains: does a Neti pot work?

Let’s look at 5 facts about Neti pots.

Fact #1: Neti Pots Work to Drain Clogged Sinuses

Does a Neti pot help drain clogged sinuses? The simple answer is yes, the Neti pot can help drain your sinuses. In fact, many ear, nose and throat doctors recommend Neti pots following sinus surgery and many recommend a Neti pot to help drain clogged sinuses.

Does that mean the Neti pot is the ultimate sinus-clearing solution? Probably not. But it can provide relief for patients with clogged sinuses.

Fact #2: Neti Pots Come from India

There is nothing new about Neti pots or saline nasal irrigation. There is documented use of Neti pots thousands of years ago in ancient Indian history. The idea goes way back yet the goal of nasal irrigation remains the same today: relieve allergy, cold or sinus symptoms by running warm, pure saltwater through one nostril and out the other.

It sounds a little strange, and indeed, the first time you try it, it may feel just as strange as it sounds. We’ve included a video that shows how to use a Neti pot if you want to give this alternative therapy a try.

Watch a video of how to use a Neti pot

Fact #3: Neti Pots Best Used for Temporary Relief

Our patients ask if Neti pots can be used daily. Yes, in the short term. But if you experience lingering sinus infections or inflammation, you may have a sinus issue that should be evaluated by an ear, nose and throat doctor. At the Ear, Nose and Throat Center, our Utah ear, nose and throat doctors look closely at your sinusitis symptoms and recommend the right course of treatment that may include the use of antibiotics, decongestants and sinus surgery, when necessary.

Fact #4: Side Effects Are Limited

Regular use of a Neti pot can trigger side effects in about 10 percent of users. Typical side effects include a stinging sensation within the nose or general nasal irritation. In rare cases, a bloody nose has been observed following use of a Neti pot. But generally speaking, Neti pots have become popular simply because they are viewed as a gentle and affordable way to help deal with clogged sinuses.

If you do encounter side effects, simply reducing the amount of saline in the water can help. Or adjust the water temperature (cold water is a bad idea but too warm can also be a problem). You may also want to adjust how often you use a Neti pot. Make some modifications, then trust your body to point you in the right direction. And if you still have questions, refer to fact #5 below.

Fact #5: Ask Your Doctor if a Neti Pot Is Right For You

Okay, that headline sounds like the disclaimer on your typical prescription drug advertisement. But the advice is sound. If you have questions about your sinuses, sinus infections, Neti pots or any other nose or breathing issues, talk to one of our board-certified ENT doctors in Salt Lake City, Draper and Park City, Utah. We’ll work with you to determine if a Neti pot can help you treat your sinus issues. And we can also diagnose and treat lingering sinus issues.