Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

When is Dr. Martinez available?
How do I make an appointment?
Does the doctor speak Spanish?
Does the doctor see children?
What insurances do you accept?
Do I need a referral?
How long will my visit take?
What should I bring to my first visit?
How are my medications sent to the pharmacy?

Sinusitis

What is sinusitis?
What are the common symptoms of sinusitis?
How is sinusitis treated?

Balloon Sinuplasty

Is Balloon Sinuplasty cleared for use by the FDA?
Does Balloon Sinuplasty work?
What are the advantages of the Balloon Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgery?
Is Balloon Sinuplasty safe?
What material is the balloon made from?
What are the risks associated with Balloon Sinuplasty?
How long does the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure take?
How is a Balloon Sinuplasty performed?
Will I require general anesthesia during Balloon Sinuplasty?
What is the recovery time after a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure?
Am I a candidate for a Balloon Sinuplasty?
Is Balloon Sinuplasty covered by my insurance carrier?

Allergies

What is an allergy?
What is the best method of testing for allergies?
Do either of the allergy tests hurt?
How long is an allergy diagnostic test?
What is the difference between a skin test and a true test?
Is either of the allergy diagnostic tests covered by my insurance carrier?
What are allergy shots?
Do allergy shots have side effects?
Will I be required to take any steps before my allergy diagnostic test?
Are allergy shots covered by my insurance carrier?

When is Dr. Martinez available?

Appointments are available within 48 to 72 hours.

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment online via our ‘book an appointment’ button or you can call us at the number listed above and we can book you with the location of your choice.

Does the doctor speak Spanish?

Yes.

Does the doctor see children?

Only children over the age of 15.

What insurances do you accept?

Please refer to our insurance page for a list of the insurances we accept. See more at Insurances Accepted.

Do I need a referral?

The following insurances require an authorization or referral in order for you to see the doctor:

  • Neighborhood Health Partnership
  • Simply Healthcare
  • Bluecross Blueshield HMO (Some plans may not require.)
  • Humana Medicare
  • Coventry Summit (Some plans may not require.)
  • Avmed Medicare
  • Medica
  • Careplus

How long will my visit take?

For new patients please allow up to 30 minutes prior to seeing the doctor for paperwork and insurance processing. If we have not received necessary referrals or medical records, additional time may be required prior to seeing the doctor. Dr. Martinez’ goal is to give each patient the time he or she needs for the diagnosis and symptoms presented – no patient is rushed out of the office.

What should I bring to my first visit?

It is essential that the following items are brought to your first visit:

  • Photo identification
  • Insurance card
  • A list of medications you are taking
  • Medical records and imaging studies pertaining to your diagnosis and/or symptoms

Is Balloon Sinuplasty safe?

Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that will significantly improve your quality of life.

How are my medications sent to the pharmacy?

Electronically.

What is sinusitis?

A sinus infection can affect the daily routine of an individual. It is typically the result of increased nasal congestion and becomes the breeding ground for bacteria.

What are the common symptoms of sinusitis?

Symptoms can include fever, bad breath, nasal discharge, nasal congestion, facial pain and toothache. It is important, however, to remember that every patient is different. In certain cases, sinus infections do not exhibit the typical symptoms, seeing a physician is essential to get a proper diagnosis.

How is sinusitis treated?

Sinusitis can be treated using three different methods.

The first method is non-surgical using medical therapy such as – saline nasal sprays and over-the-counter medication found at your local pharmacy and using medication prescribed by an ENT such as – antibiotics and nasal steroid sprays. However, studies show that 20% of chronic sinusitis patients are not treated successfully with medical therapy
Traditional sinus surgery is a second method of treating sinus. This procedure removes bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening with the aim of clearing blocked sinuses and restoring normal sinus drainage. Traditional sinus surgery is often associated as being painful and has long recovery times.
Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough in treating chronic sinusitis – it is a convenient and effective in-office procedure used to gently reshape the sinus anatomy. This procedure is minimally invasive with a short recovery time; patients are typically able to return to their daily routines within 2 days and experience little to no post-operative pain after the procedure.

Learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty by watching this video.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty cleared for use by the FDA?

The devices used in the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure were cleared by the FDA in 2005.

Does Balloon Sinuplasty work?

Research confirms that Balloon Sinuplasty is an effective procedure in providing long-term relief from sinus symptoms.

What are the advantages of the Balloon Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgery?

Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery with no cutting, no stitching, minimal bleeding and little to no post-operative pain after the procedure.

What material is the balloon made from?

The balloon is made from a plastic material that does not contain latex.

What are the risks associated with Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure with a low complication rate. However, as with all procedures there are some associated risks with this procedure including infection, tissue and mucosal trauma or possible optic injury.

How long does the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure take?

The average procedure time is 60 minutes – including pre-operative and post-operative preparations.

How is a Balloon Sinuplasty performed?

This procedure is performed in the office. It is a non-invasive procedure – meaning that there is not cutting or stitching performed during the procedure. For more information on this procedure please see the video titled Balloon Sinuplasty.

Will I require general anesthesia during Balloon Sinuplasty?

No. Dr. Martinez performs the procedure in the office, under local anesthesia.

What is the recovery time after a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure?

While recovery time varies with each patient, most patients can return to their daily routine within 2 days.

Am I a candidate for a Balloon Sinuplasty?

Most patients with nasal congestion, recurrent nasal infections and sinus headaches will qualify. However, an evaluation by Dr. Martinez is necessary.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty covered by my insurance carrier?

Most insurance carriers cover the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. To be certain of your insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider.

What is an allergy?

Allergy is a condition where the immune system has an abnormal response and results in sensitivity to a usually harmless substance in the environment. This substance, commonly known as, dust, pollen and mold, is called an allergen. Symptoms may include itchy eyes, nasal congestion, rash, runny nose and sore throat.

What is the best method of testing for allergies?

After reviewing your medical history and performing a physical exam, Dr. Martinez will determine if an allergy diagnostic test is appropriate for you. Allergy diagnostic tests, such as skin test or true test provide the quickest and most effective results.

Do either of the allergy tests hurt?

Both are non-invasive procedures and do not hurt.

How long is an allergy diagnostic test?

A skin test takes an estimated 30 minutes as is done in the office. A true test takes about 48 hours – the patches are placed on a patient’s back and must return to the office for the removal and results.

What is the difference between a skin test and a true test?

A Skin Test – also known as a skin prick or scratch test – is performed in the office and takes an estimated 30 minutes.

A True Test is a convenient, ready-to-use patch test performed in the office. The patches are placed on the patient’s back and attached with hypoallergenic surgical tape. These patches must not be moved or touched with water for 48 hours. The patient is to return to our office for the removal and examination of the results.

Is either of the allergy diagnostic tests covered by my insurance carrier?

Most insurance carriers cover allergy diagnostic tests. To be certain of your insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider.

What are allergy shots?

Allergy shots – also referred to as immunotherapy – are a form of long-term treatment that decreases your symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis or allergic asthma.

Do allergy shots have side effects?

Like all medical treatments, allergy shots/immunotherapy can have side effects. Dr. Martinez will discuss this with you in detail if he feels that immunotherapy is needed to improve your symptoms.

Will I be required to take any steps before my allergy diagnostic test?

The following are the requirements that must be followed by the patient before undergoing an allergy diagnostic test.

The patient may not take any antihistamine 5 days prior to the test:

  • Prednisolone
  • Methylprednisolone
  • Zyrtec
  • Benadryl
  • Clarinex
  • Allegra
  • Advil PM
  • Advil Sinus
  • Tylenol PM
  • Nyquil
  • Claritin
  • Tylenol Sinus
  • Promethazine

The patient may not take any of the following medications 3 days prior to the test:

  • Astelin
  • Astepro
  • Azelastine
  • Meclizine

Are allergy shots covered by my insurance carrier?

Most insurance carriers cover allergy shots/immunotherapy. To be certain of your insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider.