If a release procedure is required, it will normally be carried out on the same day as the consultation. The release of the tongue tie is a safe and quick process, taking only a few seconds. It involves the ‘snipping’ of the fibrous band of tissue. Since it does not involve muscle, local anaesthesia is not required, and it should be less painful than a vaccination, for example.
On the day of the visit we would like to ensure that your baby feeds straight after the procedure and thus we recommend that your baby has not been fed for a couple of hours.
Feeding after the procedure helps in many ways. If the Consultant feels the tongue tie requires release, a consent form will be filled in and signed by yourselves.
The Consultant will advise you to sit face-to-face with your baby laying on your lap and their head towards the consultant
The Consultant will then use sterile scissors and with the nurse assisting, snip the frenulum. This will help to improve the movement of the tongue.
General Dental Council Registration Number 84896
Consultant Oral Surgeon
Southend University Hospital NHS Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Leeds
General Dental Council Registered
Specialist in Oral Surgery.
Mr Ganesan has a special interest in neonatal tongue tie and he is actively involved in research regarding the effect of tongue tie on new born babies.
(Please click here for research).
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