Fast, Gentle Treatment of Tongue-Ties and Lip-Ties
A small percentage – estimated between 4 and 15% – of people are born with what are called tethered oral tissues. This means a short, tight membrane of tissues connects, or tethers, the tongue or lip in such a way that it inhibits natural movement. This can cause problems with breastfeeding and, if untreated, with speech and function and a myriad of other concerns as serious as sleep apnea. However, a much larger percentage of people have posterior tongue-ties and have learned to compensate with other muscles instead of the tongue. Therefore, most are not even aware of it. At Arlington Smile Center, Dr. Roca uses a light scalpel CO2 laser to sever this tight tissue with little to no bleeding and therefore little to no pain. This can be done for patients of any age, from newborn through adult. Before she can release your tongue- or lip-tie, she needs you to spend a good month strengthening your tongue in order to get your best results from the tongue-tie release. After the release, you are required to continue the oral myology she teaches you, to prevent the tongue-tie from reattaching.