Overview

Are You a New Patient?

Are You a New Patient?

For New Patients

To make your appointment the most effective, please read the following information. If you are being seen for breathing problems or cough, be sure to read the "What to Expect" section below.

Forms for new patients are also provided. Note that there are separate/additional forms for patients with breathing, coughing, and/or swallowing symptoms.

What to Bring

  • Driver’s license or photo ID
  • Insurance card
  • Any medical records that are applicable for your appointment (these can be faxed to 801-587-3569)
  • List of current medications
  • New patient forms
  • Copies of previous CT or other imaging scans (on disc), breathing test results and/or swallow studies (on disc), if applicable
  • Foods/liquids that cause difficulties (read "What to Expect" below), if being seen for swallowing

What to Expect

You will be seen by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat physician) and speech pathologist with expertise in voice, upper airway, and swallowing disorders. If you are a singer, please inform us when you schedule your appointment so that you will see the singing voice specialist as well. We will ask you questions about your history of voice, breathing, and/or swallowing problems. If you are being seen for a voice problem, we will identify your current vocal demands. We will ask you to perform a number of tasks that require you to use your voice in different ways. We will also record your voice during these tasks.

For breathing problems, we may attempt to provoke your breathing problems by walking/running on a treadmill or by presenting strong odors/perfumes, if applicable to your symptoms. If you have a specific trigger for your breathing problems, please bring it with you during your appointment, if possible.

If you are being seen for a swallowing problem, an in-office swallow evaluation will be performed. If you have certain type of food or liquid that you have problems swallowing, please bring it with you to your appointment.

Laryngostroboscopy

Laryngostroboscopy (laryngoscopy with a strobe light) is necessary to clearly identify any lesions or growths on your vocal folds as well as any abnormal vibratory patterns. Rigid or flexible endoscopes are used during this examination. Laryngoscopy is also used to assess upper airway breathing problems and swallowing problems affecting the throat. This is not a painful procedure and most individuals report little or no discomfort. We can use topical anesthetic as needed. You will be able to eat, drink, drive, and return to home or work following your appointment.

Treatment

The entire care team will explain the results of testing to you and will allow you time to ask questions. We will provide you with treatment options and explain the benefits and potential risks of each option. We may also refer you for further testing. If additional testing is needed, our office will help you schedule those appointments.