An ENT, or Otolaryngologist, is a specialized doctor who treats issues regarding the nose, ears, throat, head and neck. If you’re having issues in one of these areas, your should seek an ENT because they’re trained in both medicine and surgery and will not need to refer you to another physician if surgery is needed.
But, how can you make sure that the doctor you visit or take your loved ones to is the best option for you? Below we list the things to look for in ENTs and their practices so you can make an informed decision:
Keep your insurance plan in mind
Depending on your insurance provider and what type of insurance plan you have, your choices might be restricted to plan-approved physicians. Check your insurance coverage terms and speak to an insurance representative to better understand what your choices are when it comes to choosing a specialist. Some insurance plans require a primary care physician to refer you to a specialist before you can visit them, so keep that in mind as well.
Visit an ENT that specializes in what you need
While Otolaryngology is a medical specialty, ENTs tend to focus on one or more practice areas according to their particular inclinations or the community’s needs. The seven practice areas of Otolaryngology are:
- Allergy: treatment of allergy conditions and allergic reactions.
- Head and Neck: treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors in the head or neck.
- Otology/Neurotology: treatment of ear diseases.
- Laryngology: treatment of disorders of the throat.
- Rhinology: treatment of disorders of the nose and sinuses.
- Pediatric otolaryngology: treatment of children with ear/nose/throat problems.
- Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: performing cosmetic, functional, and reconstructive surgery for the face, neck, and ears.
When choosing an ENT, make sure that he or she specializes in the areas of medicine you need help with.
Make sure they are board certified
To find out if an ENT is board certified, call their office and ask, or visit the American Board of Otolaryngology’s website and look up the physician’s name to verify they are board certified.
Review their credentials
Browse the physician’s website or call their office to find out more about their medical education and training, as well as their licenses and board certification. This way you can be assured that the physician received the proper training to treat your ailments.
Choose an ENT relatively close to you
While it might be tempting to drive 3 hours to see the best-reviewed and most-recommended ENT in the state, keep in mind that the long distance might hinder your ability to see them in times of emergency or during the weekdays, if you work regular business hours.
Keep wait times in mind
If you are in need of seeing an ENT for an ailment that is currently bothering you, then you probably can’t wait weeks to get an appointment with a certain physician. However, you might not be in a hurry and are perfectly okay with scheduling your visit for a future date. Whatever the case may be, keep the appointment wait times in mind when you are trying to find an ENT.
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