Richmond’s Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
Speaking, eating, tasting, breathing – imagine the many things we could not do without a functional mouth and throat. The specialty of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (Ear, Nose and Throat) includes all of the diseases of the mouth, voice box, windpipe and esophagus except for the teeth. As a result, we often collaborate with specialists in dentistry, oral surgery, gastroenterology and pulmonary medicine. If you have hoarseness, swallowing problems, throat pain or snoring lasting longer than two weeks, you should be examined by a specialist.
Tonsils & Adenoids
When children develop recurrent strep throat, chronic infections or airway obstruction from large tonsils or adenoids, surgery may be recommended. The majority of surgery can be safely performed in an outpatient surgery center. We perform tonsillectomies using low temperature Coblation technology, which has been shown to be less painful than traditional cautery devices.
Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Snoring can be a tremendous disruption to the members of your household, but how does the snorer feel? Many people who snore actually cut off the airway and stop breathing dozens of times per hour, until they wake up enough to reposition their tongue or throat. Sleep apnea is a serious illness that is commonly overlooked in both children and adults. If you or someone you love snores, talk to a doctor.
- Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Could My Child Have Sleep Apnea?
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
- Injection Snoreplasty
Hoarseness & Voice Disorders
Hoarseness refers to any alteration of the quality of sound coming from your voice box. Primary causes of hoarseness may include viral laryngitis, allergies, smoking, overuse, and acid reflux. Examination may reveal polyps, nodules, tumors, or subtle swelling of the vocal cords. If you have hoarseness that has been present daily for more than two weeks, we recommend a thorough examination.
- Hoarseness & Voice Disorders
- Acid Reflux and the Voice
- Nodules, Polyps and Cysts
- Tips for Healthy Voices
- Cancer of the Larynx (Voice Box)
Swallowing Problems (Dysphagia)
Difficulty swallowing can occur with disease in the mouth, throat or esophagus. While symptoms may be caused by neurologic injury, acid reflux, or even cancer, the otolaryngologist has the training and experience to evaluate all of these areas.