In this two-day course, attendees will be introduced to the concept of laser frenectomies, an increasingly popular method by which dentists and physicians can treat tongue- and lip-ties in their patients.
Five percent or more of the babies born in the United States have such tight tongue-ties and frenum pulls that they cannot successfully latch onto their mother’s nipple and breastfeed. For the baby, serious consequences include loss of weight and the label of “failure to thrive”. For the mother, this results in sore and cracked nipples, mastitis, painful engorgement and post-partum depression due to an inability to nurse her baby. This has classically been treated by a physician taking a scalpel or a pair of scissors to the newborn’s mouth and cutting the attachment. The treatment of choice, however, is for a dentist to use laser technology to painlessly and bloodlessly remove the attachment, allowing the infant to immediately nurse. Though many practitioners perform tongue-tie release, few are trained in the PEEL Technique™. This technique ensures that the four movements the tongue must make in order to nurse successfully can be performed: peristalsis, elevation, extension and lateralization.
Attendees who successfully complete this course, as well as the online Course Examination, will be awarded a Certificate of Dental Laser Proficiency, recognized by the American Board of Laser Surgery.
This two day 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. class will be held at the DCDS Executive Office. Lunch will be provided. Class size is limited.
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