The Differences Between the ENT Institute and Urgent Care

We’ve all had to deal with urgent care: the long wait times, too much paperwork, and fairly less-than-enthused staff that sees a variety of ailments each day. But, did you know that 70% of urgent care visits are ear, nose and throat related? Are you one of the 70%? The differences between the ENT Institute and urgent care might change your mind. 

What makes going to urgent care more effective than an ear, nose and throat doctor? Well, nothing really. If you’re dealing with a sinus infection, wouldn’t it make more sense to see a specialist who can treat the problem and not just the symptoms? Here are a few of the differences between the ENT Institute and urgent care: 

Wait Times:

This is a huge one. If you’ve ever waited at urgent care, you know wait times can be terrible. Everyone in the waiting room is there for anything ranging from the common cold to bloody lacerations. So where does your ear infection fit in? What about your terrible allergies? Sleep disorder? Ringing in the ears? At the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, we have same-day and Saturday appointments for your convenience. 

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Transparent Pricing

Ever read that book, War and Peace? No? Ever read the bill from a hospital, urgent care, or minute clinic? Well, then you’ve read something similar to War and Peace. It’s long. It’s heavy. And it stresses people out. The ENT Institute prides itself on transparent pricing, listing out everything the patient will be charged for. In many cases, this also has to do with how much the insurance company is paying vs. what the patient is paying, but the ENT Institute makes it easier to understand the process. 


Personalized Care:

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How do the staff at urgent care make you feel? Did you just get a warm and fuzzy feeling? Yeah, me either. This isn’t their fault, either. They see mass amounts of patients each day and don’t necessarily have the time to get to know each patient, but at a specialist like the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, our providers and physicians go out of their way to individualize each patient’s experience and care. Whether it’s hearing loss, allergies, sleep disorders, or speech therapy, our staff treats everyone like family. 

Treating the Problem:

In many cases, urgent care will prescribe something along the lines of an antibiotic for sinus infections. The problem here isn’t the antibiotic, but if this is the patient’s first sinus infection in a while or their fourth one this year. Having four or more sinus infections per year is chronic sinusitis and that takes more than just treating the symptoms, it takes treating the problem. At ENT, we have special treatments like balloon sinuplasty and sinus surgeries to cure chronic sinusitis. 


These are just a few of the differences between the ENT Institute and urgent care. Why settle for less? Come to the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute.

To make an appointment with one of our ENT doctors, call 770-740-1860 or visit the website to learn more about us: https://entinstitute.com/

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