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What to Expect During a Consultation with an ENT Doctor Regarding Sinus Issues

Experiencing sinus issues can be incredibly uncomfortable, and finding the right treatment starts with an effective consultation. Here’s what you can expect during your visit to an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) doctor for sinus concerns.

What is Involved in a Sinus Consultation with an ENT Provider?

Your first consultation with an ENT doctor will typically involve a detailed medical history and a physical examination. The doctor will ask about your symptoms, their duration, and any previous treatments or medications you’ve tried. Be prepared to discuss your medical history, including any allergies, respiratory conditions, or previous surgeries.

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What Will an ENT Do on My First Visit?

On your first visit, the ENT doctor will:

  1. Conduct a Thorough History Review: Understanding your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical background.
  2. Perform a Physical Examination: This includes examining your ears, nose, and throat.
  3. Visual Inspection of the Nose and Sinuses: Using a nasal speculum or a small lighted instrument.
  4. Discuss Potential Diagnostic Tests: Based on your symptoms, the doctor might suggest further tests such as a CT scan or nasal endoscopy.
Onsite CT Scanner at Capital ENT in Austin, TX
Onsite CT Scanner at Capital ENT in Austin, TX

Why Would the Doctor Request a CT Scan?

A CT scan may be requested to get a detailed view of your sinuses and nasal passages, especially if your symptoms are severe, persistent, or if initial treatments haven’t worked.

What is a CT Scan?

A CT (Computed Tomography) scan is an advanced imaging test that combines X-rays with computer technology to create detailed cross-sectional images of your body. It provides more detailed information than regular X-rays and is especially useful to detect nasal and sinus problems.

What Does a CT Scan Detect?

A CT scan can detect:

• Blockages or obstructions in the sinuses.
• Infections such as sinusitis.
• Structural abnormalities like deviated septum or nasal polyps.
• Tumors or other growths.
• Any inflammation or swelling within the sinus cavities.

How Long Do CT Scan Results Take?

At Capital ENT & Sinus Center, we have a CT scanner in the office. Results are available immediately and CT images are reviewed with you during your appointment.

Why Would the Doctor Request a Nasal Endoscopy?

A nasal endoscopy might be recommended if the doctor needs a closer look at your nasal passages and sinuses that can’t be achieved with a simple physical examination or imaging alone.

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What is a Nasal Endoscopy?

A nasal endoscopy is a procedure that involves using a thin tube with a light (endoscope) to examine the inside of your nose and sinuses. It allows the ENT doctor to see detailed views of the nasal cavity and sinus openings.

Is a Nasal Endoscopy Painful?

While a nasal endoscopy might sound uncomfortable, it’s generally well-tolerated. The doctor may use a local anesthetic to numb your nasal passages, minimizing any discomfort. You might feel a slight pressure or sensation of something moving in your nose.

How Far Down Does a Nasal Endoscopy Go?

The endoscope is typically inserted through your nostril and guided along the nasal passages. It can reach as far as the opening of the sinuses and sometimes a bit further, depending on what the doctor needs to examine. The procedure allows the doctor to assess areas that are not visible through regular examination techniques.


Consulting with an ENT doctor about sinus issues is a comprehensive process aimed at identifying the root cause of your symptoms and determining the best course of treatment. With advanced diagnostic tools like CT scans and nasal endoscopies, ENT specialists can provide a thorough assessment and tailored treatment plan to help alleviate your sinus problems. If you have concerns about your upcoming consultation, don’t hesitate to discuss them the providers at Capital ENT & Sinus Center—they are there to help you feel comfortable and informed every step of the way.

Dr. Brown is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and specializes in chronic sinusitis, nasal obstruction, obstructive sleep apnea, and pediatric otolaryngology.

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