Office Policies

Infant Frenectomy: 

It is our opinion, through experience and research, that any mother who wants to breastfeed should be able to and without pain. One of the most common and often overlooked barriers to successful breastfeeding is related to restricted oral-muscle function. When this is the problem a quick, safe procedure called a frenectomy, can restore function and allow Mom and Baby to get back or track toward the rewarding experience of breastfeeding.

Oral restrictions, tongue and lip ties, are when the lingual (tongue) or labial (lip) frenulum restricts function. We are committed to resolving and even preventing the negative effects these restrictions have on growing children! Some examples of ways tongue and lip ties impede quality of life are:

Trouble with breastfeeding or bottle feeding:

  • Persistently shallow latch
  • Clicking, chomping, grinding
  • Air swallowing (gulping, gas, reflux)
  • Low weight gain or weight gain that declines after 12 weeks old
  • Blisters on the lips
  • Poor stamina (short frequent feedings or very long feedings)
  • Spilling milk out of the sides of the mouth
  • Poor breast emptying (plugs, infections, low supply)
  • Inflammation (oversupply, vasospasms, aching)
  • Cracked or blistered nipples

Chronic tension:

  • Neck tension, torticollis
  • Tension headaches
  • TMJ issues
  • Facial strain (especially in lips)

Airway issues:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Mouth breathing
  • Enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids
  • Poor sinus drainage
  • Ear infections

Trouble with eating:

  • Gagging too much
  • Pickiness about textures
  • Chipmunking (piling food in cheeks)
  • Choking easily (aspiration)
  • Food falling out of mouth while eating¬†

Trouble with speaking:

  • Articulation errors
  • Delays in initiating speaking
  • Speech fatigue

Dental & orthodontic issues:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Flared front teeth
  • Decayed teeth