Laser Tongue Tie Release for Newborns
If your baby has tongue tie or lip tie, you are not alone. Tongue tie is common, affecting between .02 and 2 percent of babies. Tongue tie or lip tie can prevent your baby from latching well enough to get the most out of breastfeeding. Fortunately, tongue tie release for newborns can help your infant feed better and feel better in just one office visit.
About Tongue Tie and Lip Tie
The medical name for tongue tie is ankyloglossia. Tongue tie occurs when a membrane of skin in the mouth does not dissolve as much as it could while the baby is still in the womb. The excess tissue, known as lingual frenulum or frenulum of the tongue, tethers the tip of the tongue to the floor of the mouth.
While tongue tie is not a disease, the condition can limit the ability to move the tongue out or allow the lip to move upward. This prevents the baby from drawing the nipple deeply into the mouth and interferes with the infant’s ability to suck and swallow the milk.
Symptoms of tongue tie include low weight gain and constant fussiness. One of the best ways to tell if a baby has tongue tie is to look at your baby and stick out your tongue – your baby will try to mimic you. If the tongue does not extend fully out of your baby’s mouth, or if your baby’s tongue has a heart-shaped appearance at the tip, your newborn may have tongue tie.
Lip tie, related to tongue tie, can also cause problems with breastfeeding. In cases of upper lip tie, a membrane of skin tethers the upper lip to the upper gum. While most infants have some degree of lip tie, a particularly large or tight lip tie can prevent the upper lip from flaring out and curling up enough to create an adequate seal on the breast. Symptoms of a lip tie include prolonged breastfeeding sessions, difficulty with latching, and an excessively gassy baby who has swallowed air while feeding. Mothers of infants with lip tie may experience sore nipples caused by the baby’s struggle to create an adequate seal.
Breastfeeding oversupply, which causes forceful milk ejection, can help a baby get all the nutrition the infant needs but this oversupply usually decreases after about three months. A baby with tongue tie or lip tie will begin to struggle as the ejection of milk becomes less forceful. Tongue tie release and lip tie release can help both you and your baby get more out of the breastfeeding experience.
Throughout the ages, health professionals have used scissors to release tongue tie and lip tie. Scissors effectively sever the membrane to release the tongue, but there are many disadvantages to using shears. Using scissors to release the membrane causes bleeding, which can interfere with the accuracy of the work.
About Laser Tongue Tie Release/Lip Tie Release for Newborns
Modern laser tongue tie release / laser lip tie release for newborns harnesses the power of light, using lasers to deliver heat that dissolves unwanted tissue. Laser tongue tie release treatments without anesthesia or sutures helps create a better latch, so newborns can get the most out of feeding.
Using laser is better than using scissors for releasing tongue tie because lasers gets rid of tissue by burning it. The use of scissors requires local anesthesia to control pain and bleeding, whereas the laser causes no pain during the procedure and minor discomfort later.
Laser Tongue Tie Release and Laser Lip Tie Release Requires No Anesthesia or Pain Drugs
Adult bodies can handle anesthesia, but pain medicines and anesthetics are dangerous for a newborn’s tiny body. Fortunately, laser treatments require no anesthesia or pain medicines. Lasers are also more accurate, completely removing only the tissue that prohibits lip and tongue movement. WaterLase technology by Biolase allows trained professionals to provide virtually painless, highly effective and convenient tongue tie release.
If your infant has tongue tie or lip tie, make an appointment to determine if laser tongue tie release for newborns is right for your baby.