5 Tips for Finding the right ENT Doctor

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    There are many reasons Americans seek out treatment from an ear nose and throat doctor. Commonly referred to as “ENT doctors” they can treat ear infections, provide sleep apnea treatment and pediatric tonsil removal. More than 29.4 million people in the United States have sought care from an ENT doctor for sinusitis. The acute form of the problem can last for about a month. Sufferers who develop chronic sinusitis can expect it to last years.There are many reasons Americans seek out treatment from an ear nose and throat doctor. Commonly referred to as “ENT doctors” they can treat ear infections, provide sleep apnea treatment and pediatric tonsil removal. More than 29.4 million people in the United States have sought care from an ENT doctor for sinusitis. The acute form of the problem can last for about a month. Sufferers who develop chronic sinusitis can expect it to last years.

    Whether you are looking for a pediatric ENT doctor or one for an adult, the process can be daunting. Here are some tips to help you get the right person for your needs:

    1. Start with people you know and trust. andnbsp;You may not know it but you probably know at least a few people who have gone to an ENT doctor. Talk to your family members, friends and even coworkers. Ask if they have ever needed an ENT doctor, who they went to and how they found the service. Even if they did not like the doctor they say, knowing who doctors you should avoid can be helpful. On the flip side, you may find that a doctor your friend hated would be perfect for you. Finding out why they liked or disliked their ENT doctor can tell you a lot.
    2. Look up your choices on line. When you have started a list of ENT doctors in your city, start looking them up on line. Keep in mind that people are far more likely to leave a negative review or comment than a positive one so be wary of the bad ones. Also, any bad reviews left with no name or some silly name, such as Bugs Bunny, may not be the real deal. Also, there are a number of sites that rate doctors so you should look at those when you are looking for any new medical professional.
    3. Go in and talk to several doctors. If you never have problems that would take to an ENT doctor, you may not need to do this but if you think you will see more of them than the average person, you need to be able to communicate with them. Not every doctor treats their patients the same. If they seem to be in a hurry, you may want to go to someone else. Any doctor who refuses to take the time to explain your problem and the possible treatment options (and side effects) should not get your business. No doctor can really help you if you do not feel comfortable talking to them about your problems and concerns honestly and openly. If you need to take your child to an ENT doctor, you need to find one who has a child friendly office and bedside manner.
    4. Talk to your health insurance carrier. You need to make sure you seek out an ENT doctor that you can afford. Before you start researching doctors, get a list from the insurance company of their in network providers. Many have this information online but if you cannot find it there, you can call and get help that way. The last thing you want to do is find a fantastic physician and then learn that they are not part of your plan.
    5. Look at the location and hours. Depending on where you live, you may have different options. If possible, you should seek out an ENT doctor who is close to where you live and in a convenient spot. This will make it easier to go in for your appointments. More and more medical offices are opening early and staying open late. This can make a big difference.

    Going to a doctor you like can make the experience better for everyone and will increase the chances that you go to them.