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The ENT Specialist Centre/The Children's Eye & ENT Centre

Singapore
Overview

ENT Specialist Centre & the Children’s Eye & ENT Centre, which is conveniently located at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital in Singapore, provides a wide range of ENT treatments for adults and children. Not only is the clinic equipped with highly sophisticated diagnostic equipment, it is also specially designed to provide an atmosphere of comfort and safety.

The clinic provides diagnostic and treatment services for a wide variety of ear, nose, and throat conditions, such as snoring and sleep apnea, thyroid conditions, ear infections, tonsil and adenoid inflammation, and salivary gland problems, to name a few.

The clinic’s specialists offer a wide range of treatment options from routine checkups to complex surgical procedures. Every treatment plan is carefully formulated to address the exact needs of a patient, thereby increasing the chances of recovering from an illness and improving his or her overall health.

Languages Spoken
  • Mandarin
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • English
  • Cantonese
  • Hokkien
  • Bahasa Melayu
Insurance
  • Baby Bonus Accredited
  • CIGNA
  • Fullerton Healthcare Network
  • Parkway Shenton
  • AIA
  • Prudential
  • Great Eastern
  • iXchange
  • AXA
  • Aon Care
  • Adept Health
  • AVIVA
  • NTUC
  • MHC
  • Alliance Healthcare
Physician
Dr. Dawn Teo
Dr. Dawn TeoVerifiedOtorhinolaryngologist in Singapore
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Dr. Dawn Teo, a board-certified Otolaryngologist, is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the ears, nose, throat, as well as head and neck. Driven to address the needs of adults and children patients, her main goal is to provide individualised treatments that are clinically proven safe and effective.

Procedures
Ophthalmology
Evaluation of Frequent Blinking and Tearing
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Excessive or frequent blinking may be caused by a congenital defect, a foreign object that obstructs or blurs the vision, ingrown lash, infection or eye dryness. The treatment for this condition depends on the underlying reason and may include blepharoplasty (cosmetic or reconstructive eyelid surgery), antibiotics and eye drops to reduce the inflammation or swelling, or manual removal of the foreign object. If a person develops a dry eye syndrome, it may be treated with eye ointments, optical sprays that lubricate the tear film, corticosteroids, and autologous eye drops created from the patient’s own blood. If none of these work, surgeries such as punctal plugs may be used to close tear ducts.

Eyelid Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Babies and Children
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An eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can be performed on both the upper and/or lower eyelids to widen the eyes, improve vision, repair sagginess, remove eye bags and excess skin, and make the eyes more proportional to the rest of the face. In the procedure, an incision is made on the upper eyelid or underneath the lower lash line (for a lower eyelid surgery) to access, reposition, and remove fat and excess skin, as well as tighten the muscles. The surgeon will then suture the incisions making sure that the appearance of visible scarring is minimized.

Paediatric Cataract Surgery
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Although rare, childhood, juvenile, or infantile cataract may develop due to heredity, genetic defect, in association with another condition such as Down’s syndrome, as a congenital problem, or as a result of infection. Cataracts should be removed as soon as possible as they may become irreversible later even if surgery is performed. The basic procedure of removing cataracts involves administering a general anesthesia, making an incision in the lens capsule, and suctioning the natural lens (as well as vitreous gel by making an incision in the posterior lens capsule), that is then replaced with intraocular lens (IOL).

Refractive error
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Refractive errors refer to conditions that prevent the eyes from focusing light properly, resulting in reduction or distortion of visual acuity. These include astigmatism, presbyopia (an age-related condition characterized by the inability to focus on near objects), myopia (nearsightedness), or hyperopia (farsightedness). Treatment options include correctional glasses such as monofocal, bifocal, trifocal, or progressive that help reflect light directly onto the retina. Contact lenses are an alternative to glasses that provide a wider, cleaner, more targeted, and less obstructive view while refractive surgery like LASIK or implantation of an intraocular lens and intrastromal corneal ring (ICR), provide a permanent or more long-lasting solution.

Otorhinolaryngology
Allergy and Sinus Problem
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Treatment for allergy and sinus problems depends on the severity of the condition, which could be acute, chronic or severe. Antihistamines, which block histamine that is produced while the body fights off the allergens, are usually the first line of defense, as well as decongestants that reduce the buildup of mucus in the sinus cavity, allowing the patient to breathe normally. When the problem is chronic or when there’s swelling of a sinus, a steroid spray that suppresses the immune system may be necessary. A nasal surgery may also be performed to remove any blockage in the sinus.

Ear Deformities
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Infant ears may appear deformed during birth, but it may be corrected through a non-surgical procedure called ear moulding. Performed during a couple of weeks after the baby is born, it is effective in correcting various abnormalities such as cup or lop ear (missing cartilage or skin in the helical rim), Spock or elf ear (pointy ears), prominent or big ears, and pocket ear (part of the auricle is underneath the scalp). A putty-like material that is similar to the one used in dentistry is moulded into the ears to achieve the desired shape or to correct irregularities. This is adjusted periodically until the desired results have been achieved.

Ear Drainage / Blocked Ears
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Plugged or blocked ears may be caused by infection, excessive earwax buildup, congenital defect, obstruction of the ear’s canal, or fluid buildup. Treatments may include anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics, as well as decongestants and nasal sprays. In more severe cases or if none of these treatments are successful, ear tube insertion (myringotomy) may be performed to create a new drainage system. The procedure, which requires general anesthesia, involves creating an incision in the eardrum using either a laser or scalpel to vacuum or suction the fluid before a thin tube made of plastic or metal is inserted.

Evaluation for Cochlear Implant
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Hearing loss may be temporary or long-term, as well as conductive (affecting the ear canal, bones, and eardrums), sensorineural (damage to the nerves), or mixed (a combination of conductive and sensorineural loss). The condition may be caused by hereditary factors, infection, fluid and earwax buildup, benign or malignant tumor, allergies, presence of a foreign body, or problems in the nasal cavity. To correct hearing loss, treatments may include corticosteroids, emergency surgery (especially if there’s a rupture or leakage), or hearing aids like a Cochlear implant, a medical device that is composed of external and internal components that stimulate the nerves directly, bypassing the damaged part of the ear.

Sleep Apnea/Snoring Device
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Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterised by pauses or intermittent breathing while sleeping. It is often accompanied by snoring due to a possible obstruction in the air’s passageway. Treatment of sleep apnea and snoring depends on the severity of the condition. For mild sleep apnea, an oral appliance such as a tongue retaining device may be used to keep the tongue forward and lower, improving breathing in the process. A CPAP (continuous positive airflow pressure) machine that includes a mask worn all over the face or on the nostrils that supply air to keep the air passage open may also be used. Nasal surgery, as well as tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, may be performed when none of these solutions work.

Tonsillectomy
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If medications and other forms of treatments don’t work to reduce the inflammation of the tonsils and adenoids or when the problem has already become chronic, they may be surgically removed via a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A). The procedure requires the use of general anaesthesia and a clamp to keep your mouth open throughout the surgery. Using surgical tools such as a scalpel (or harmonic scalpel that releases ultrasonic vibrations) or through electrocautery and radiofrequency, the tonsils and adenoids are slowly removed and the remaining tissue are closed by sutures.

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