The throat encompasses the tonsils, back of the palate, tongue base, and upper inlet of the esophagus. Any disruption to the natural function of the throat has the potential to cause pain, swallowing difficulties, speech disruption, and sleep problems.
As ear, nose and throat specialists, Dr. Sedwick and Dr. Magill can diagnose and treat all types of throat conditions, including tonsils and adenoids, and sleep apnea and snoring. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact our office.
Tonsils & Adenoids
Tonsils and adenoids are lymphatic tissues located in the throat that help prevent bacteria from entering the body through the mouth and nose. When these tissues become infected, antibiotics may be prescribed. If you suffer from frequent infections in your tonsils, surgical removal of the tissue may be necessary.
If instructed by our staff, please complete the pediatric sinonasal symptom survey, available here. Please bring the completed survey with you to your appointment.
To learn more about your treatment options, please call our office.
- Pre- and Post-Operative Tonsillectomy and/or Adenoidectomy-Child Care
- Pre- and Post-Operative Tonsillectomy and/or Adenoidectomy- Adult Care
Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Dr. Magill, Dr. Sedwick and their team offer a range of treatments to address sleep apnea and snoring. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the sufferer stops breathing momentarily during sleep. Snoring, daytime drowsiness and high blood pressure are associated with sleep apnea.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by the over-relaxation of the soft tissues in the back of the throat. This obstructs the airway, inducing snoring and the temporary cessation of breathing.
Sufferers of sleep apnea may not realize they are getting insufficient sleep. Some signs you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea include:
- Nightly or near-nightly snoring
- Choking, gasping or snorting during sleep
- Daytime drowsiness regardless of the number of hours slept
- Long pauses in breathing
- Headaches upon waking
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Frequent visits to the bathroom throughout the night
- Poor, fitful or restless sleep
- Depression, irritability or moodiness
- Feeling out of breath upon waking
- Memory impairment and difficulty focusing
If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, please give us a call. We will be happy to find a diagnosis, discuss your treatment options and help you start sleeping peacefully again.