We daily perform frenulectomies on newborns who are experiencing problems breastfeeding due to tethered oral tissues. This procedure performed in the office using a laser only takes a few minutes to complete and usually does not require sedation. We educate parents about stretches that are necessary after the procedure and work in partnership with lactation consultants to produce the best results for mother and baby.
Yes. We routinely release posterior, submucosal tongue ties. We believe that all anterior ties have a posterior component that must be addressed in order to achieve a full release. Many children with only posterior ties fail to get diagnosed as being tongue tied because they lack the more obvious anterior tie.
Yes. We have found that most babies with a tongue tie also have a lip tie. We do not charge an additional fee to release it at the same time.
The primary movement of the tongue during breastfeeding is not “in and out” but “up and down.” A posterior tongue tie greatly limits the ability of an infant to elevate their tongue properly. A lip tie can prevent an infant from flanging their lip up and achieving an adequate seal on the breast. In addition to the infant not being able to maintain an adequate latch, the mother can also have nipple pain or trauma. Older children with tethered oral tissues can also experience a number of feeding symptoms.
No. Most of the frenulectomies that we perform are on infants from a few weeks to a few months of age who are experiencing breastfeeding problems, but we also treat older children who are experiencing problems with feeding or speech.
Greater than 100.
No. Most infants are treated with just local anesthetic.
We sometimes utilize IV sedation in children age 2 to 5 to avoid a traumatic experience and get a better surgical result.
We might consider sutures on a cooperative older child with a very thick lingual frenum that is prone to reattach posteriorly.
Less than 5 minutes.
We recommend stretches 5 times a day for 2 weeks after the procedure. At the two week follow-up visit, we access the degree of healing and determine how many more days the stretches need to be performed. We also make sure that the patient is on the active case load of a lactation consultant or speech/feeding therapist before we perform the release.
Yes. We place a very small amount of local anesthetic in each surgical site before we perform the release. We recommended Tylenol as needed after the procedure.
Yes. We encourage it and routinely move the family to a private room.
We allow both parents to be in the room or one parent and a guest.
We prefer that the parent hold the infant during the procedure. The parent and doctor sit in a knee-to-knee position.
We always perform the frenulectomy immediately after the consultation if the parents are ready to move forward with treatment. The only time that we would not do the release the same day is if it is an older child that requires IV sedation.
We recognize the time-sensitive nature of these problems being treated and try to get infants a scheduled appointment within a day or two of when the parent calls the office.
$450 includes the consultation, frenulectomy, and follow-up visit.
We accept and file all dental insurances. We do not file medical insurance.
We attempt to perform the revision, if needed, at the 2 week follow-up visit.
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