What’s Tongue Tie?
Tongue-tie is a birth defect that occurs when the strip of skin (lingual frenum) connecting a baby’s tongue to the floor of their mouth is shorter than usual. Typically, this strip of skin separates before birth, allowing the tongue free range of motion. With tongue-tie, the lingual frenulum remains attached to the bottom of the tongue.
Tongue-tie is a very common condition that, if addressed quickly, will not hinder a child’s development. However, if left untreated, tongue-tie can result in malnourishment, speech difficulty, or poor oral hygiene.
- Phone consultations at no charge
- Most procedures can be scheduled and done in a week’s time (revisions done at no additional charge).
- A private nursing room for you and your little one
- A loving, kind, knowledgeable team to make you and your little on comfortable
- A highly effective topical anesthetic to help with any discomfort during the procedure is usually all that is needed
Symptoms Associated with Lip and/or Tongue Ties:
- Infant has nursing ulcer on lip
- Clicking or gulping sounds while nursing
- Gumming, chewing nipples, leaks milk
- Easily chokes
- Frequent release and re-latch
- Shallow latch
- Long nursing sessions, falls asleep midfeed
- Poor weight gain or weight loss
- Unable to hold a pacifier
- Potential future speech and dental problems such as gap between the two front teeth, cavities on upper front teeth
Symptoms of Mother:
- Pain while nursing
- Decreased milk supply
- Cracked, blistered, bleeding nipples
- Breasts do not fully empty
- Frequent mastitis
- General nursing discomfort
- Tossing and turning at night (due to airway obstructions)
- Grinding teeth at night
- Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, behavioral issues and even symptoms mimicking ADHD
A tongue or a lip can be released using a laser in as little as 5 to 10 minutes and in most cases only requires topical numbing anesthetic. This allows your infant to breastfeed immediately following the procedure. There is little to no bleeding and minimal discomfort following the procedure.
When laser surgery is completed using proper recommended safety precautions (such as laser safety glasses on everyone in the surgical area), it is safe, quick and void of any known complications.
There is no known contraindication for tongue or lip tie laser surgery in a healthy infant or child.
Since no medications are used, just “Laser Light” energy, there is no chance of any allergic or drug reaction.
Meet Dr. Hamez Rez
Dr. Hamed Rez is a pediatric dentist who has served the Phoenix Community since 2012. He is a big breastfeeding advocate and understands the important role breastfeeding plays in oral development.
Dr. Rez became laser certified in 2016 and began using his laser on older patients but quickly saw the need for its use in infants with lip and tongue tie issues. He has made it his mission to make a difference by educating on and treating this under-diagnosed condition.
He is a member of the:
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals
- Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine