If your infant has a challenge breastfeeding, a lactation consultant (IBCLC) must be seen before your visit:
What we do with our laser:
- Tongue tie release for nursing infants and older children
- Lip tie release for nursing infants and orthodontic patients
- Therapeutic treatment of aphthous ulcers and/or canker sores
The tongue tie and/or lip tie is released using a state of the art CO2 laser by LightScalpel. The oral mucosa (fascia) is vaporized away releasing the tense or restrictive tissue. This permits the lip and/or tongue to move freely.
Along with the tissue release the older patients will receive myofunctional therapy (physical therapy for the tongue) before and after your frenulum release. Myofunctional therapy helps strengthen the tongue and orofacial muscles through exercises that re-train the tongue and muscles to function properly.
General Anesthesia is not needed for a tongue-tie, lip-tie procedure. We use nitrous oxide and local anesthetic for the older children, and topical anesthetic for the babies.
Frequently Asked Questions about lip ties/tongue ties...