Success Stories with Laser

On March 2nd, 2016, Gail writes, “Hi Alessia, I wanted to provide an updated photo of Violet for anyone who is curious if the gap closed!  She is 3 years old (almost 4) in this picture.  We are still so grateful that I found your website with this information on it and that we went through with the procedure! Thank you again!  Sincerely, Gail.”

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On May 18th, 2015, Megan writes, “Hi there, my name is Megan, and we are up here in Alaska. Last year, when my 17 month old daughter was teething her first molars and I was looking around her mouth, I discovered she had a lip tie. I had always noticed the gap in her front teeth since she got her front teeth in, but never thought much of it. When I pulled back her upper lip, I noticed that her frenulum extended between her teeth. I was concerned and did some research and found your website and article about your experience with your daughter and I have been meaning to thank you for bringing awareness to this issue. I felt so inexperienced when I learned about lip ties, because I am a doula and I know all about tongue ties and have counseled women about them before. Lip ties, and even tongue ties, are something that most doctors and midwives don’t even check for at birth. They really should, for how common they are! Many people in the birth community don’t know what I am talking about when I tell them about my daughter having a lip tie. Anyway, upon reading your info, I called Dr. James Jesse in California and sent him photos of my daughter’s frenulum to get a consultation. Her frenulum wasn’t quite as restrictive as your daughter’s was – you could see the bottom half of her teeth when she smiled – but it was causing a gap and had created some issues while breastfeeding. We were already planning a trip to my MIL’s house (45 mins from Dr. Jesse’s office in CA) a month later and we were able to schedule my daughter an appointment for her laser frenectomy. Almost a year later, her gap is pretty much gone entirely and her frenulum looks normal with no scar tissue. Dr. Jesse was very skillful. The real reason I am writing is that my newborn son was having some issues nursing, so I immediately thought to check for a lip and tongue tie. Sure enough, he had an upper lip tie, just like his sister! (I should mention that my first-born son never had a lip tie, so I had some good basis for comparison.) Anyway, I mentioned this to my midwife and she referred me to a dentist in Anchorage, AK who performs laser frenectomies. I was very excited, because I had never looked around within our state for a dentist who does this. I just assumed that no one was specialized in this in AK because we don’t have many specialists at all, and it is still a relatively new procedure. We took our son in and he is almost two weeks post-frenectomy. Here is the dentist’s info, so you can add it to your list of dentists in the West/northwest: Dr. Chris Coplin […]. I was very impressed with the staff and the atmosphere there as well. They were very good to answer all of my questions and you could tell they really loved working with children. Thanks again for your website!”

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(BEFORE:) On March 11th, 2013, Gaby writes, “Hello, I live up in Washington state.  My son has an upper lip tie and I just came to realize this about a month ago.  No pediatric dentist here seems to want to touch this with a 10 foot pole!  I know of Dr. Jimmy Chan in BC, but we don’t have our passports yet, LOL!  Thank you for your help!”
(AFTER:) On Sept. 25th 2013, she writes, “Hi Alessia! We called Dr. Chan’s clinic and made an appointment with him.  It was a 5 hour trip up and a border crossing, but totally worth it. First off, Dr. Chan was WONDERFUL!!!  His bedside manner is fantastic and his office staff is to die for!  He checked Alex and confirmed that he had a stage 4 (!) lip tie and a stage 1 PTT, the procedures would cost $600 in total.  They strapped Alex to a papoose board; the procedure literally took about 5 minutes and afterwards he asked me to latch Alex on to see how it felt.  OH MY GOODNESS, THE DIFFERENCE!!!!  It was like night and day.  No pain whatsoever.  All of his gastrointestinal problems cleared up immediately as well, and I mean the very next day.  No more choking and vomiting while eating and no more constipation!  At one point before the procedure, he was so backed up even the radiologist was impressed!  So, now that we are 4 months post procedure, the lip tie area looks great!  The under the tongue area reattached a little, but I hear that happens.  Dr Chan said that the most important thing was function.  I weaned him about a month ago and he packs his mouth full like a little chipmunk when he eats, so the reattachment can’t be that bad. I totally recommend Dr. Chan.  He is absolutely wonderful.  We went up for a 2 week evaluation after the initial procedure and he waived the office fee as we paid out of pocket.  I would totally do it again in a heartbeat.  If we decide to have another baby and it has the same problem (God forbid) I would take them immediately (especially now that I know what to look for).  So, there is our story!  Alex is saying lots of words, at least 10+ right now, and TONS of baby jibber jabber.  He sticks his tongue out and is totally happy and well adjusted.  Best wishes!!Gaby and Alex.”

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On July 24th 2013, Gail writes, “Dear Kevin and Alessia, it is with sincerest thanks that I write to you about my daughter’s (Violet) story.  My daughter’s top front teeth starting coming in around 13 months of age.  It was then that we noticed a large gap between her teeth.  So large that it looked like the two teeth on the bottom row could fit in between them!  While putting her to sleep one night, I was researching possible causes (as no one else in my family had a large gap) and came across your website. I am SO grateful that I did.  As I read your story, I had a gut feeling that this was the cause of my daughter’s gap. I confirmed it the next morning by pulling up her lip and seeing two thick “cords” between her teeth.

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After reading your testimonial and some other research, I was determined to have the laser frenectomy performed as soon as possible.  I discussed it with my husband and family and began to called pediatric dentists in our area to no avail. My husband contacted Dr. Ted Reese in Indianapolis, Indiana, about a 5 hour drive from our home. Dr. Reese’s staff were very helpful. We drove to Indiana and stayed in a hotel the night before.  The next morning we got to the office, filled out the paperwork and were taken into the back.  My daughter sat on my lap for the entire procedure.  First, Dr. Reese checked her mouth and said it was a very thick frenum. Next, they swaddled her into a blanket so she didn’t move her arms and used a topical numbing agent followed by a small numbing injection into the gums.  Finally, he performed the procedure.  The laser was a machine connected to a tool the size and shape of a large pen (not too intimidating at all).  My daughter cried (mostly because of the restraint) up until the point they put the mouth suction in and then she chewed on the suction for a few minutes and then it was over!  About 10 minutes on my lap total.  We gave her tylenol only a few times after that.  She had very little bleeding the first 10 minutes and then none.  She was drinking from a sippy cup and using her pacifier as soon as we were walking to the car.  We paid out of pocket, but they also submitted to both our dental and health insurance in case either one would cover it and reimburse us.  Here is Violet two days after the procedure:

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The laser procedure was exactly 2 weeks ago and now her mouth is completely healed:

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We are very happy with the results!  Dr. Reese and his staff were extremely nice and made us feel very comfortable! Thank you again for all of your help and informative website! Gail & Jeremy”.

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On April 28th 2013, Janelle writes, “Thank you for writing this.  I live in Portland, Oregon and my son was born with tongue tie and a very thick lip frenulum.  We were lucky enough to have a great lactation consultant who referred us to an ENT that does laser (Dr Bobak Ghaheri, MD, ENT). He got me in the same day because he realized how important to my breastfeeding it was to fix as soon as possible.  He personally dealt with tongue tie with his own baby and, even though he didn’t learn a lot about it in medical training, he saw how much of a change in breastfeeding it made with his wife.  So we had it fixed by 4 months old.  I’m glad I read your blog because i have gotten negative feedback from my pediatrician on doing it.  Your story just validated in my mind that we did the right thing.  And nursing has gotten raised too. Thank you again, Janelle.”

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On April 15th 2013, Leah writes, ” Hello – Thank you for creating such a useful blog. It has been a very valuable resource! I wanted to share that I was able to find a very qualified DDS, Dr. Ted Reese, here in Indianapolis, who did an excellent job on my daughter’s (age 2.5) very thick maxillary frenum (classified as a grade IV). The office staff was amazing and the laser frenectomy took less than 3 minutes. Prep was about 20 minutes. He used a little nitrous oxide gas and also gave her juice with a mild sedative mixed in. I felt very comfortable with the whole process and the staff was very experienced and professional. All in all, we were in and out in about an hour. She was back to herself the same day. Hope this helps anyone in the Mid West looking for an option. Kind Regards :) “.

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On February 28th 2013,  Gemma writes, “Good Afternoon from NZ, Alessia. My daughter is now 5 months today YAY and thriving on breastmilk 🙂 After reading your blog, we searched the internet and found a place in Auckland that would do it which is around 8 hours drive from here (they told us they were the only place in NZ that did laser for babies of this age and for $1000+ NZD). I thought there must be somewhere else, so calling around 20+ dentists in Wellington (capital of NZ) we found a dentist called Lumino http://lumino.co.nz/ that did it (we went to Burton Brown in Wellington CBD) and they asked us to go to a lactation consultant to see how bad it was. It was the worst she has ever seen. she is now using her photos when doing clients and seminars.

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She also checked for tongue tie, which we also knew she had, but we only thought it was minor as it wasn’t right at the end. Well not the case at all either. It was so bad she had no lift in her tongue at all so was having trouble swallowing. she thinks the only reason why she was gaining weight at all was because this was my second child so didn’t have to bring in breast milk and i have a huge supply and it pours out. I also showed her your blog which she said was great. So, we did it with laser. Our daughter went straight on the breast after. All up costs including lactation consultant $500 NZD. We got it done by 10 weeks of age and she started to put on weight straight away.  Not a great start to life but doing well now. Thank you so much for all your help, Again Thanks so much – you made my life so much easier with your blog as it was a very scary time for me and baby. Gemma and Shane.”

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On February 26th 2013,  Luxi writes, “I just took my 2 month old daughter to see Dr. Jesse last week, he was AMAZING! She had both a severe upper lip tie and a severe posterior tongue tie. He was the first doctor that believed me. It has made a huge difference in breastfeeding. We are going back tomorrow after realizing that our 2 year old also has a posterior tongue tie, which explains why she has a thrust. I HIGHLY recommend him!”

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On February 21st 2013, Sophia writes, “Just wanted to leave a note to thank you for making this information available. I just discovered that my baby needs a frenectomy and ever since I’ve been searching online for information. Your website has been the most helpful and we just went to Dr. Jesse’s office to get the procedure done today. My baby is already doing better and I couldn’t believe how quick the whole thing was. THANK YOU!!!”

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On February 15th 2013, Carol writes, “We went to Albany last week and she’s doing great. She had severe ties on upper lip and tongue. Dr Kotlow is wonderful. Thank you for your support, advice, and encouraging words! We already see tremendous differences.”

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On December 13th 2012, Anna writes, “Just went to Dr.James Jesse today with my 23 month old!! They were amazing! My daughter had both lip and tongue tie fixed for ONLY $400 total. His staff helped me hold my daughter still. Dr. James Jesse was so nice and explained everything he was doing and was very patient despite my daughter moving around and even biting him several times. There was no bleeding, within 1 minute after it was done my daughter was happily eating a ice pop. It was as if nothing had even happened. I am so happy he provides this service WITHOUT putting the kids to sleep and we need to spread the word!!! This was night and day from when my son had this done with another doctor (who didn’t use laser), he was put to sleep, and he bleed for days, was in a lot of pain and cost almost $2000 total, and the tongue tie even grew back for him so now we need to have it done again. DEFINITELY taking him to Dr. James Jesse. He told me in the 15 years he has done this with laser only about 3 patients have had it grown back and needed to get it redone. And he said that if it were to grow back for any reason he would not charge anything. What’s also great is that you can get an appointment almost immediately because it is so quick he schedules these things in between his other patients. I called on Monday and booked an appointment 3 days days later, could have gotten it the next day if my schedule had permitted. Thanks for this blog that helped me find him!”

Thank *you* so much, dear Moms and Dads, for writing to us! I encourage any reader who has a story to tell to send it our way: alemogo@yahoo.com. Thank you! 🙂

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