Feeding a baby comfortably
And efficiently is the most important aspect of a newborn’s life and a precious experience for a new mom. A normal frenum is a connective band bringing two soft tissue pieces together. In some cases, if that band connects too low or tight it may result in a condition known as a Tongue-Tie or a Lip-Tie. These conditions can jeopardize the beautiful nursing relationship between a mother and her newborn. If the frenum attaches too low or too tight, the tissue can become restrictive in nature, similar to how webbed fingers can become restricted with extra skin attaching to high. Imagine how a surgical release of webbed tissue allows fingers to be free and function well. A frenectomy procedure allows a baby to freely use their lip and tongue for an efficient, effective, and comfortable feeding experience.
Why do we seem to be seeing more Tongue-Ties?
Lip and Tongue-Ties are not a new problem. In fact, a Lip or Tongue-Tie is one of the main reasons given to Moms to wean her child to a bottle instead of breastfeeding. However, in the past decade, there has been increased awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. This awareness has allowed breastfeeding to become more popular again, while also bringing more attention to the problems associated with breastfeeding, such as Lip and Tongue-Ties.
How are Tongue-Ties and Lip-Ties treated today?
Thanks to the great advances in laser technology, most technologically-savvy and up-to-date healthcare providers are educated on the laser’s properties and why they are highly favorable in soft tissue procedures. Dr. Rishita’s expertise in using Waterlase iPlus 2.0 allows her to provide desensitization and coagulation as it releases tissue which allows better healing of the surgical site. By stimulating atoms with pulses of energy, lasers cause the atoms to produce a beam of coherent light. Essentially, that means that they emit light which has a great deal of energy, yet can be precisely controlled. It’s the combination of energy and precision that make Waterlaser so useful. Waterlaser virtually eliminate the need for scalpel, sutures, or anesthetic in most infant frenectomy cases. The newborns we treat can nurse immediately and often, moms report significant difference in personal comfort, baby’s consumption, and efficiency while nursing or bottle feeding.