Conditions and Treatments

Conditions & Treatment

Experts in Treating Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders

Our team of specialists have extensive training and experience in treating of ENT conditions. This includes:

Ear – hearing loss, ear infections, dizziness and ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Nose – allergies, smell disorders, polyps and nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum
Throat – diseases of the throat, larynx (voice box) and voice and swallowing disorders
Head and neck – infections and tumors, facial trauma and deformities of the face

Nasal and Sinus Disorders

The nasal cavity filters, humidifies, and warms the air that we breathe, and the sinuses are air-filled pockets off the nasal cavity. When the nasal cavity gets blocked, people notice difficulty breathing through their nose and congestion.

When the drainage pathways between the sinuses and the nasal cavity get blocked, the mucous can get trapped in the sinuses and sinus infections can occur. Blockage can be due to variations in anatomy (such as a septal deviation), inflammation, infection, or growths including nasal polyps.

Treatment of nasal and sinus conditions range from sinus irrigations to oral or nasal medications to surgery. Nasal and sinus disorders are very common and can significantly negatively impact one’s quality of life if not treated appropriately.

Here are some of the nasal and sinus conditions we treat:

  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Allergic and Nonallergic Rhinitis
  • Deviated Septum
  • Inferior Turbinate Hypertrophy
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Mucocele
  • Sinonasal Polyps
  • Inverted Papilloma
  • Sinonasal Tumors

Speech, Voice, and Swallowing Problems

Problems with voice and speech include difficulty articulating words, difficulty speaking loudly, rough voice, and change in pitch. Most people have experienced some or all of these throughout their lives. These problems can be due to conditions originating from the mouth, tongue, throat, or voice box including the vocal cords. Treatment can be as simple as adjusting behavior and speech therapy to medications and surgery.

Slightly less common are problems affecting swallowing. These often occur in the elderly or in people with neurologic conditions but can also occur in younger and healthier people as well. Treatment varies and is directed at the cause of the problem.

Here are some of the speech, voice and swallowing conditions we treat:

  • Hoarse Voice
  • Vocal Cord Nodules, Polyps, and Granulomas
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Difficulty Swallowing

Hearing Loss and Ear Complaints

The ear is a complex organ that is made up of the outer ear (including the ear you see on the outside and the ear canal), the middle ear (including the ear drum and ear bones), and the inner ear (including the cochlea and balance canals). Signals from these areas are sent back to the brain along nerves. Problems with the ear and hearing can occur at any location along this pathway.

We offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment of this entire pathway. We work to create a safe ear, eliminate bothersome symptoms and sensations, and optimize hearing and communication.

We also offer the latest technology in hearing aids and devices and provide ongoing support to maximize patient success with hearing devices.

Here are some of the hearing and medical ear conditions we treat:

  • Hearing Loss
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Vertigo and Balance Disorders
  • Ear Infections
  • Surfer’s Ear
  • Ear Drum Perforations
  • Otosclerosis
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Growths and Tumors

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring can be more than just an annoyance —it can lead to poor sleep and can be a sign of something more serious. About 90 million Americans suffer from snoring and as many as half of those may have a sleep disorder.

The sound of snoring is caused by vibration of structures in your throat or nose. When structures in these areas collapse to the point of interfering with breathing, we call this obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is associated with many serious health conditions, including heart disease and even a shortened lifespan. For people who have been unsuccessful with lifestyle changes and CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy, there are many surgical options than can help.

Here are some of the procedures we offer to address snoring and sleep conditions:

  • Septoplasty
  • Functional Rhinoplasty
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Palate Surgery
  • Tongue Base Surgery
  • Inspire® Upper Respiratory Stimulation therapy
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Salivary Gland Tumors

Salivary glands are structures that produce saliva. There are 3 sets of major and numerous minor salivary glands. The major salivary glands are located on your cheeks (parotid glands), under your jaw (submandibular glands), and under your tongue (sublingual glands), while the minor salivary glands are found throughout your mouth and throat. The glands are prone to inflammation, infection, stone formation, and growth of tumors (both cancerous and non-cancerous).

Here are some of the salivary gland conditions we treat:

  • Masses and Tumors of the Salivary Glands
  • Chronic Inflammation of the Salivary Glands
  • Salivary Gland Stones

Head and Neck Tumors and Cancers

Cancers that originate in the head and neck area (excluding skin, eye, and brain cancers) usually begin in the cells that line the moist, mucosal surfaces of the head and neck (e.g., inside the mouth, nose, and throat). The most common types of cancer of the head and neck are caused by the abuse of alcohol coupled with tobacco use. More recently, we have discovered a growing number of these cancers are caused by infection with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) as well.

Treatment for head and neck cancers can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of treatments. There are many benign (non-cancerous) tumors that occur in the head and neck as well.

Here are some of head and neck tumors and cancers we evaluate and treat:

  • Thyroglossal Duct Cysts
  • Enlarged Lymph Nodes
  • Dermoid Cysts
  • Branchial Cleft Cysts and Sinuses
  • Tongue, Oral Cavity, Tonsil, Throat, and Laryngeal (voice box) Cancer