Laser Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie Treatment

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Dr. Tricia Quartey-Sagaille specializes in the treatment of tongue-ties and lip-ties also known as ankyloglossia and tethered oraltissues. Our office uses the LightScalpel CO2 laser which helps to cut down on bleeding and inflammation and promote better healing.

My journey into tongue-ties began with my son. I had difficulty breastfeeding and although I had two wonderful lactation consultants my son required a frenectomy in order for him to latch properly. Although my milk supply diminished and I was unable to breastfeed for as long as I would like I knew that I wanted to be able to help mothers and families that are suffering from the effects of tongue-ties.

A tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition in which the frenulum or attachment of the undersurface of the tongue to the floor of the mouth is tight and restricts function. It is a very common cause of painful or difficult breastfeeding in infants. Many infants have disorganized swallowing and do more ‘gulping’, have higher rates of reflux and colic symptoms, fatigue quickly, constantly hungry from poor transfer of milk. Difficulties may be present with bottle feeding as well. Untreated tongue-tie can often lead to many problems as children grow and develop. As teeth erupt it may cause excessive gaps or diastema and lead to orthodontic issues and dental decay. They also may lead to speech and articulation issues where lip mobility is impaired, such as difficulties with letters ‘b, f, m, p, v’ amongst others.

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