Laser Oral Surgery
Sunshine Children's Dentistry is one of the pediatric dentist offices that can offer LightScalpel CO2 laser surgery for infants and children. Our office utilizes the latest CO2 laser technology from LightScalpel to help children experiencing feeding and/or speaking difficulties due to tongue-tie or lip-tie.
About Infant Oral Surgery...
WHAT EXACTLY IS TONGUE-TIE AND LIP-TIE?
PROBLEM: Tongue-Tie / Lip-Tie is a thin piece of tissue behind the tongue or lips that restricts necessary movement. Babies with this condition can have trouble with feeding and speaking. It can also cause breastfeeding to become painful for mothers. However, conditions can be treated.
REMEDY: Sunshine Children's Dentistry is one of the select pediatric dentist offices that can offer LightScalpel CO2 Laser oral surgery. Consider talking with one of our dentists, Dr. Fry or Dr. Bradley, about the Infant Laser Frenectomy procedure. Laser oral surgery may be of benefit. (SEE BENEFITS)
WHAT DOES TONGUE-TIE AND LIP-TIE LOOK LIKE?
In the case of Tongue-Tie, a thin piece of tissue called Lingual Frenulum (which connects the underside of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth) may either be too tight or attach too far towards the tip of the tongue. This can restrict the tongue from full movement required to latch for milk, eat, and later speak.
Similarly, in the case of Lip-Tie, the tissue called Labial Frenulum connected to the lips, if too tight, may be causing restriction. However, these conditions can be treated.
Benefits of Laser Surgery
WHAT IS A LIGHTSCALPEL CO2 LASER?
The LightScalpel CO2 Laser is a device that produces a concentrated beam of light. The highly focused CO2 laser beam vaporizes cleanly and precisely while sealing blood vessels at the same time. Our laser is so precise that we can selectively remove only a few cells at a time, if needed. At the same time, it is powerful enough to de-bulk large tumors.
BENEFIT = FASTER RECOVERY.
Reduced trauma, minimal to no bleeding, and less swelling and discomfort mean the infant can breastfeed immediately after the procedure.
BENEFIT = REDUCED RISK OF INFECTION.
The sanitizing effect of the laser minimizes the risk of infection and means faster healing.
BENEFIT = SHORTENED PROCEDURE TIME.
Less bleeding ensures the improved visibility of the treatment area. This helps to minimize the duration of the procedure.
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