The tongue is really important for eating, swallowing, speaking, sleeping and for optimal growth of the maxilla and mandible.

Dr. Arias treats tongue ties in babies, kids and adults.

Dr. Arias likes a team approach depending the age of the patients, she may work with other providers like : lactation consultants , speech therapist, Myofunctional therapist or chiropractor to achieve better outcomes and to achieve the tongues fullest potential and re training.

Tongue and Lip Tie Release on Babies or Frenectomy

A baby with tongue or lip tie could experience nursing or bottle feeding issues. When a baby has a lip or tongue tie it will interfere with proper latching and suctioning. Often this is overlooked and mom ends quitting breastfeeding. Dr. Carla Arias treats oral restrictions and works with support of lactation consultants, oral motor therapists and bodyworkers.

Common baby symptoms are poor latch, falls asleep breastfeeding, long feeding, slides off breast, clicking, popping, poor weight gain, gassy, colics, acid reflux and lip blisters.

Often mom's symptoms are also overlooked which are: severe pain, nipple damage, poor incomplete drainage, mastitis, low milk supply and infected nipples.

Post operative stretches are done for a course of 3 weeks and they are key to successful healing.

Procedure is done safely with a Lightscalpel. The Lightscalpel is a CO2 laser and is known for enhanced hemostasis, precise ablation, less postoperative discomfort and less swelling. A numbing cream is placed first for a few minutes and then procedure is done, procedure takes less than a minute per site. No stitches are used in babies. Baby will latch to mom or bottle feed right after the procedure is done. Mom and baby should have an IBCLC or oral motor therapist to follow up with to achieve proper retraining of the tongue.

Example of tongue tie

Lip Tie


Lip ties can interfere with proper flanging of lips for nursing and bottle feeding. Baby ends up swallowing a lot of air because of improper lip seal causing aerophagia and colics. Often it becomes really painful for breastfeeding moms because babies will do a chopping and bitting movement on the nipple instead of suctioning.

Tongue Tie breastfeeding

Video of Laser Lip Release Procedure


All the information on this website is designed and meant for the education of the patient. Your Doctor will always have to do an exam to evaluate and diagnose your problems and needs. It is not for self diagnostic.

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