throat services salem oregonThe throat is a tube-like organ that connects the mouth and nose with the esophagus and windpipe. It serves important functions such as transporting food to the esophagus and air to the windpipe.

When you experience a swallowing disorder, hoarseness, tonsil or adenoid infection, gastric reflux or other throat condition, these basic activities are affected.

The physicians at Willamette ENT are experienced in diagnosing and treating a variety of throat conditions and speech disorders. Most problems are minor and easily correctable. If you are experiencing a throat problem, we’ll find a solution that will have you feeling better in no time.

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Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing disorders, also referred to as dysphagia, can occur at three different stages of the swallowing process, these being: Oral phase: When food or liquid is being chewed, sucked and moved into the throat. Pharyngeal phase: When the swallowing reflex begins and food is squeezed down the throat and the airway is closed off to…

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Hoarseness

Hoarseness is normally caused by a cold or sinus infection in the vocal cords, which are part of your larynx in the throat. Symptoms of hoarseness include difficulty producing noise when speaking, a voice that is breathy, scratchy or husky, and/or pitch and quality changes in the voice. While most hoarseness goes away on its…

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Speech Therapy

View VideoSpeech disorders occur when a patient (typically a child) has trouble producing certain sounds. They can be broken down into different categories depending on the nature of the problem. Speech disorders include: Articulation disorders. The patient has trouble with certain syllables, or pronounces words incorrectly to such an extent that it is extremely difficult…

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Tonsils & Adenoids

Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils resulting from an infection. It may be caused by either viruses or bacteria, and often the symptoms are the same no matter which germ is causing the infection. The tonsils become enlarged, red, and often coated (either partly or entirely) by a substance that is yellow, gray, or…

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Sore Throat

Sore throats can be brought on by a variety of viral illnesses including the common cold, laryngitis (infection of the voice box), mononucleosis, infections like the mumps or flu, as well as by bacterial infections such as strep throat, tonsillitis and adenoiditis, epiglottitis, uvulitis or in rare cases some sexually transmitted infections. Other causes of…

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Gastric Reflux

Reflux (gastresophageal reflux disease, or GERD) is a condition in which stomach acid can seep back up into your food pipe causing a feeling of regurgitation, burning in the throat, or heartburn. The backflow of stomach acid and juices into the esophagus occurs when the valve between the lower end of the esophagus and the…

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