LightScalpel Laser

Sunshine Children's Dentistry is one of the select pediatric dentist offices that can offer LightScalpel CO2 laser surgery for infants and children. Our office utilizes the LightScalpel Laser to help children experiencing feeding and/or speaking difficulties due to tongue-tie or lip-tie. With little to no bleeding and rapid recovery time, this laser is ideal for infant oral surgery, as baby can immediately breastfeed post surgery.

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.

What is the
LightScalpel
CO2 Laser?

It is used for a variety of soft tissue surgical procedures such as frenectomy, gingivectomy, gingivoplasty, excision of fibroma, biopsies, treatment of leukoplakia, and laser skin resurfacing. Our laser is so precise that we can selectively remove only a few cells at a time, if needed. However, it is powerful enough to de-bulk large tumors.

What procedures
is LightScalpel
used for?

Traditional surgery with a scalpel or scissors can bruise or crush tissue.  When we use the LightScalpel CO2 laser, only an intense beam of laser light interacts with the tissue. There is no mechanical trauma to the tissue and the coagulation zone is very narrow. 

How does the
LightScalpel
work?
Benefits of Laser

BENEFIT = FASTER RECOVERY.

Reduced trauma, minimal to no bleeding, and less swelling and discomfort mean the patient can get back to their day faster. An 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.

 

BENEFIT = LESS INVASIVE.

Enhanced precision with pin-point accuracy allows for selective removal, as little as a few cells at a time, if needed.

LightScalpel Surgery Before After Photos

Photo credit LightScalpel.com

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.

Infant Tongue-tie Release Lightscalpel
LightScapel Laser Before-After

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 often be treated.