At Hanover Pediatric Dentistry we utilize the LightScalpel CO2 laser for a variety of soft tissue procedures, including tongue- and lip-tie releases for children; infants to adolescents. Infants with tongue- and lip-ties may have difficulty breastfeeding, which may result in air swallowing, reflux, colic, sore nipples for the mother, and may lead to other complications later in life. Older children with tongue- or lip-ties may experience speech issues, cavities, sleep problems, and difficulties eating or swallowing.
LightScalpel laser release of tongue- and lip-ties (frenectomy) are quick, gentle, and in most cases, require no sutures. When compared to conventional surgery, LightScalpel laser treatment results in minimal to no bleeding, little to no swelling and discomfort, reduced risk of infection, and better cosmetic outcomes.
Tongue- and lip-tie Procedure: Pre- and post-op photos will be taken, if able. For children under 1 year old, the procedure is performed without any numbing, for children 1-2 years old some numbing jelly may be utilized. For older children (> 2 years old), depending on the child’s cooperation level, just numbing with local anesthetic may be utilized, or if necessary, nitrous oxide, mild-moderate sedation or general anesthesia can be implemented. Due to laser safety precautions, we have parents remain in the waiting room during the procedure, which lasts around 5-10 minutes.
If you suspect your child has a tongue- or lip-tie or other condition that could benefit from treatment with the LightScalpel CO2 laser please call the office to schedule a consultation!