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Throat Disorders and Treatment

Throat disorders like sleep apnea, acid reflux, and more can range from a minor annoyance to a daily obstacle. If you are having difficulty speaking, swallowing, or even breathing, schedule an appointment today with one of our board-certified Ogden otolaryngologists or speech pathologists. The throat is made of many parts including the tonsils, pharynx, vocal cords, or the thyroid. Ogden Clinic ENT specialists can detect and treat a number of throat conditions including:

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  • Acid reflux
  • Sleep apnea and snoring
  • Speech pathology
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Hoarseness
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Head and neck surgery

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a very common condition wherein a person’s stomach acid regurgitates back into their esophagus. We’ve all probably experienced this before, but for some, it can happen several times a day and cause damage to the esophagus which requires acid reflux treatment by otolaryngologists at Ogden Clinic. This condition is also called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD.)

The first line of defense for preventing acid reflux is to monitor your diet. Understand the foods that trigger acid reflux including spicy foods, caffeine, and citrus. When changes in diet do not provide relief, talk to one of our Ogden Clinic throat doctors about acid reflux treatment options.

Our team uses a range of methods to diagnose each GERD case. Some tools include:

  • Barium X-ray (imaging the esophagus after swallowing a chalky substance that helps provide contrast)
  • Endoscopy (camera imaging inside the esophagus)
  • pH Monitoring
  • Pressure measurement of the esophagus
  • Impendence monitoring (fluid movement measurement in the esophagus)
  • Biopsy (extracting tissue samples for analysis)

These diagnostic tools help us effectively identify each individual case of acid reflux. If you experience consistent acid reflux, don’t wait for GERD conditions to worsen. Take the first step for acid reflux treatment and contact an ENT Specialist at Ogden Clinic today.

Speech Pathology

We advise parents to intervene quickly if you notice your child struggling with speech or language skills. Speech pathology at Ogden Clinic is designed to help children and adults overcome stuttering, pronunciation difficulty, or irregularities in their voice.

Ogden Clinic is proud to offer services including speech-language therapy. People need speech pathology assistance for many different reasons including:

  • Weak oral muscles
  • Birth defects
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cognitive and developmental delays
  • Articulation problems
  • Swallowing disorders

We work one-on-one with each patient to overcome these complications. Each case is unique and may need a combination of therapy and treatment from a speech language pathologist.

Swallowing Disorders

Several in-office procedures are available for those with throat and swallowing disorders. Some common disorders our speech and language pathologists treat include:

  • Vocal cord polyp and cyst removal
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Vocal scarring
  • Singer’s nodules and other professional voice disorders


We’ve all experienced a hoarse voice at some point; maybe cheering on our team or yelling at a concert made us lose our voice entirely! Often a temporary condition, a hoarse voice sounds raspy and strained, causing irritation inside the throat. Fortunately, most cases of hoarseness heal over a few days on their own. But for some, hoarseness is a prolonged condition that could need medical intervention and hoarse voice treatment at Ogden Clinic.

Prolonged hoarseness comes about for many reasons. Using your voice too much, too loudly, or improperly may cause vocal nodules (singer nodes) to develop inside the throat. These callous-like growths can develop into polyps that must be removed by an Ogden Clinic ENT Specialist. Gastrointestinal reflux is another reason hoarseness develops in some people.

If your voice feels hoarse for more than three, contact our Ogden Clinic ENT department for an evaluation and hoarse voice treatment.

Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

What was once a 3-4 hour surgical procedure and an overnight hospital stay is no longer the case for people with nodules or cancerous tumors inside their thyroid. ENT Surgeons at Ogden Clinic can perform thyroid surgery, including removal of parathyroid glands and thyroid cancer tumors inside the glands with minimally invasive surgery.

Residing in the throat, the parathyroid gland (or one of its four regions) must be removed if a patient has benign tumors called adenomas inside the parathyroid or thyroid cancer growths near the glands. If all four parathyroid glands are inflamed (called parathyroid hyperplasia,) this may also require thyroid surgery at the Ogden Clinic. What’s the benefit of minimally invasive surgery? This method gives patients a much smaller incision and helps them recover much faster.

Sleep Apnea

It’s hard to notice health issues when you’re asleep. But sleep apnea is an important condition to diagnose and treat because it can impact your alertness during the day and inhibit the amount of oxygen your brain receives. That’s why it’s critical for you to reach out to Ogden Clinic for sleep apnea treatment if you experience loud and persistent snoring. People with sleep apnea often wake in the middle of the night due to breathing troubles and then spend the daylight hours drowsy and slow to respond. Ogden Clinic otolaryngologists offer their patients numerous options for sleep apnea treatment, including CPAP respirators, upper airway surgery, and placement of dental appliances.

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