ENT specialists are specifically trained to diagnose and treat conditions related to the throat and voice. This includes the numerous components of the throat which can experience various issues that produce symptoms including: difficulty swallowing, sore throats, restricted airflow, hoarseness, and sleep issues.
Common Throat & Voice Disorders
There are numerous throat and voice related disorders that we are able to identify and treat. Common throat and voice disorders includes:
Tonsils are the two fleshy like tissue in the back of the mouth, one on each side. Tonsils are an important part of the immune system which work to trap the bacteria and viruses that we breathe in. Tonsillitis is the inflammation and infection of the tonsils which is caused by viral or bacterial infection.
Thyroid Gland Disorders
The thyroid gland, located in the front of the neck, produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism. There are several types of thyroid disorders which impact the production of these hormones, producing a range of symptoms that can contribute to other medical conditions.
Nodules, Polyps, Cysts
The vocal cords, in the larynx (or voice box), produce sounds which is how we are able to speak. There are different types of growths that vocal cords can experience which impact their ability to function.
Also referred to as dysphagia, difficulty swallowing is typically produced by issues with the muscles in the throat or esophagus.
Is the inflammation of the larynx which can be caused by overuse, infection, or strain. The swelling of the larynx impacts the sounds produced, leading to voice distortion and hoarseness.
Specifically refers to the inflammation of the pharynx which is located in the back of the throat. The most common symptoms associated with pharyngitis is a sore throat, itchiness, and difficulty swallowing.
Inflammation of the epiglottis – a small piece of cartilage that covers the windpipe. This obstructs the windpipe and leads to breathing challenges.
This is a condition where acid from the stomach travels to the esophagus and throat which does not always produce symptoms but can lead to serious health conditions.
One of the most common sleep disorders, sleep apnea is caused by the collapsing or over-relaxing of the tissue in the back of the throat. This restricts the airways which prevents air from traveling through. The brain senses this and wakes you during sleep so that your airways can open up. This occurs so quickly that people are not aware that they are being roused from sleep.
These conditions have specific treatment options that alleviate symptoms and improve overall health.
Our ENT providers are able to diagnose and treat throat related conditions by offering services including:
This surgical option is designed to treat tonsillitis. It involves the partial or complete removal of the tonsils. This means that the tonsils can then no longer become infected, alleviating chronic tonsillitis and the related symptoms.
This treatment option involves surgically removing the adenoids (or adenoid gland) which are a patch of tissue in the upper throat. This tissue can become inflamed and obstruct airflow.
The surgical removal of the thyroid gland (if medications are not effective). If the thyroid is removed, people do have to take synthetic medications that produce the thyroid hormone.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
treatment options for sleep apnea depends on the underlying cause that is triggering it and can range from self-managed interventions like lifestyle changes, to therapies, and surgery.
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): a machine that provides air pressure through a mask worn over the nose while you sleep. This air pressure helps airways to stay open.
- Surgery: there are different options including removing the tissue in the back for the mouth, throat, and tonsils. Other options are to shrink the tissue as well as surgery that repositions the jaw.
Chronic throat pain and issues with your voice can really disrupt daily life. Navigating throat or voice disorders presents various challenges that impact overall health. Our providers are equipped with the expertise, experience, and tools to effectively diagnose and treat your health concerns. You can contact us to learn more!
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