Conditions & Treatments of the Mouth
At Bergen Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PA, our office of experienced, dedicated and caring medical professionals are here to provide individual attention and personalized medical treatment for every patient who walks into our office. When it comes to the mouth, our team of trained specialist are able to help with the following procedures:
Tonsillectomy is a 3,000 year old procedure where tonsils are removed from a patient. Today, tonsillectomies are primarily performed to treat repeated tonsil infections and remedy obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, tonsillectomies are one of the most common surgical procedures performed on children in the United States.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes less than 60 minutes. Afterward, a patient will have a sore throat for up to two weeks following surgery, with a full recovery traditionally taking up to 7 to 10 days.
Adenoidectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the adenoids. This is done to alleviate impaired breathing through the nose, chronic infections, or recurrent ear infections. Just as with tonsillectomies, the procedure is traditionally performed on younger children and recovery time ranges anywhere from several hours to two or three days, with recovery time correlating with age (typically as age increases, so does the length of time required to recover).
Uvuloplastoplasty involves the removal of the tonsils and part of the uvula. It is designed to tighten the tissue in the back of the mouth to reduce snoring and help with osbstructive sleep apnea. It is a surgical procedure done under general anesthesia, that depending on the patient may require overnight observation. Afterwards a patient will have a sore throat for 7 to 10 days, but significant to complete reduction in snoring can be expected.
Inflammation of the salivary gland, i.e. the gland that produces saliva and amylase, the enzyme that breaks down starch, is a problem that can cause significant pain and discomfort to those affected. Thankfully, our team of specialist offers sialodendoscopy, a simple and minimally invasive procedure conducted under local anesthesia which allows for diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause. This can be either a salivary gland stone or narrowing, which can then either be removed or dilated with the assistance of the small camera (endoscope) and associated instruments.
Occasionally patients develop lesions on or under the tongue, which can be both painful and frightening. In such cases, it is important to come in and speak with a professional to seek their advice. Many times, lesions on the tongue are simply invasive fungal infections and respond to medical therapy, but in some instances they can be cancerous.
At Bergen Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates, PA, we can attempt to treat these lesions on the tongue with medication and medical therapy, and if required, surgically remove them.