WHO PERFORMS LASER FRENECTOMY TODAY ? (U.S., CANADA, NEW ZEALAND)

The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) practitioners who perform Laser Frenectomy today, to my knowledge, are:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

East Coast:

Dr Scott Siegel, DDS, MD (IATP member, International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals)
999 Walt Whitman Road, Suite 202, Melville, NY 11747
phone: 631-465-0300
and
416 East 76th Street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212-204-7923
website: www.drscottsiegel.com

Dr Lawrence A. Kotlow, DDS, PC (IATP member)
340 Fuller Road, Albany, NY 12203
phone: 518-489-2571
website: www.kiddsteeth.com

Dr Gina Tanios-Rafla, DMD (IATP member)
646 State Route 18, Suite 114, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
phone: 732-238-1760
website: www.LaserDentistNJ.com

South:

Dr Brian A. McMurtry, DDS, FAGD
10816 Black Dog Lane, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC  28214
phone: 704-392-3883
website: www.charlottelaserdentist.com

Dr Gary Myers, DMD
3200 Old Jennings Road, Middleburg, FL 32068
phone: 904-505-2010
website: www.tooth2tooth.com

Dr N. Gail McLaurin, DMD
5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite G73, Atlanta, GA 30342
phone: 404-255-9511
website: www.atlantaperiodontics.com

Mid-West:

Dr Fred S. Margolis, DDS
1770 First Street, Suite 360, Highland Park, IL 60035
phone: 224-927-9321
website: www.fredmargolisdds.com

Dr Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD
7218 US 31 S, Indianapolis, IN 46227
phone: 317-882-0228
website: www.calmingfears.com

Dr Melinda Miner, DDS (IATP member)
1010 Downing Ave #10, Hays, KS 67601
phone: 785-625-6001
website: www.thedentistinhays.com

Dr Steve Fetzik, DMD, and Michale Fetzik, BSN, OMT (both IATP members)
2548 N Maize Court, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67205
phone: 316-440-4432, cell. 316-706-7623
website: www.fetzikdentistry.com

Dr Greg Notestine, DDS (Member IATP)
2149 N Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek, OH
phone: 937-431-916
website: www.smiles4udayton.com

(Tongue-Tie only:)
Dr Greene Colvin, MD, ENT and Dr Victoria Lim, MD, ENT
Desoto ENT Care
5960 Getwell Road, Suite 212-D, Southaven, MS, 38672
phone: (662) 895-6455
website: www.desoto-ent.com

South-West:

Dr Branton Richter, DDS
3300 N. Running Creek Way, Building F, Suite 101, Lehi, UT 84043
phone: 801-766-2266
website: www.dcpdsmiles.com

Dr David Winn, DDS
6475 Wall Street, Suite 201, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
phone: 719.260.9000
website: www.academylaserdentist.com

Dr Laila B. Hishaw, DDS
5920 N. La Cholla Blvd, Suite 110 – Tucson, AZ 85741
phone: 520-544-4171
website: www.TucsonSmilesaz.com

Dr High Oser, DDS
1135 Keller Pkwy, Keller, TX 76248
phone: 817-431-5514
website: www.wowdentistry.net

Dr Julie A. Martinez, DDS, PC
9006 Forest Crossing Drive, Suite A, The Woodlands, TX  77381
phone: 281-367-6558
website: www.childrensdentistwoodlands.com

Dr Melissa Santilli, DDS
11350 US Highway 380, Suite 140, Cross Roads, TX  75028
phone: 940-228-2250
website: www.honeydental.com

Dr Lawrence J. Korenman, DDS
1410 N. Plano Road, Suite 200, Richardson, TX 75081
phone: 972-231-0585
website: www.loveablesmiles.com

(for babies up to 8 months of age:)
Dr Stacey Cole, DDS
4812 Bryant Irvin Court, Forth Worth, TX 76107
phone: 817-731-9291
website: www.svcole.com

West Coast:

Dr James T. Jesse, DDS
328 East Commercial Road, Suite 104, Loma Linda, CA 92408
phone: 909-799-9988

Dr Jean Chan, DDS
260 E. Chase Avenue, Suite 101, El Cajon, CA 92020
phone: 619-579-2363
website: healthygrins.com

North-West:

(for children 0-2 years old and for adults:)
Dr. Andrew Mohlman, DDS
8511 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite A, Kennewick, WA  99336
phone: 509-736-2318
website: AFamilyDentalCenter.com

Alaska:

Dr. Chris Coplin, DMD
880 N Street , Suite 101, Anchorage, AK 99501
phone: (907) 274-2525
website: www.alaskadentistryforkids.com

CANADA

Dr. Peter Lam and Dr. Chris Lan
339, 1851 Sirocco Drive SW, Calgary, Alberta T3H4R5
phone: (403) 246-8555
website: www.westmarketdental.com

Dr. Jimmy K. H. Chan, DMD
#37 – 1199 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver, B.C. V7J 3H2
phone: 604-985-2912
website: www.drjimmychan.ca

NEW ZEALAND

Dr Hisham Abdalla, DMD, Laser&Cosmetic Dental Surgeon
Nokia Building,
Street Level (by Vector Arena)
32 Mahuhu Crescent
Auckland CBD, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 377 2012
Fax: +64 9 307 2382
Link to Website: www.lasersmile.co.nz

Also, if you live in New Zealand, feel free to contact the Lumino dental practice closest to you: www.lumino.co.nz

If you know of any other professionals who perform Laser Frenectomy anywhere in the world, please send us an email! alemogo@yahoo.com

Thank you and God bless!

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27 Responses to WHO PERFORMS LASER FRENECTOMY TODAY ? (U.S., CANADA, NEW ZEALAND)

  1. Jimmy Chan says:

    In Canada (Western):

    Dr. Jimmy K. H. Chan, DMD
    #37 – 1199 Lynn Valley Road
    North Vancouver, B.C. V7J 3H2
    Phone: (604) 985-2912
    E-mail: info@drjimmychan.ca
    Website: http://www.drjimmychan.ca

  2. In Alberta, Canada

    Dr. Peter Lam and Dr. Chris Lan
    339, 1851 Sirocco Drive SW
    Calgary, Alberta T3H4R5
    Email: info@westmarketdental.com
    Phone: 403-246-8555
    Website: westmarketdental.com

  3. Rachel Motta says:

    I just want to thank you for writing a very informative piece on this issue. I just discovered yeaterday my daughter who is 9 months old has a labial frenulum it’s quite low in position. She is my first and only child I’ve been researching and have been worried sick about her. You have eased my nerves with this story it’s been a great informative resource and a comfort. Hopefully I can find a surgeon in my area who is willing to perform on such a small child and who has the experience. Thank you! thank you, THANK YOUU!!

    • alemogo says:

      You are so welcome, Rachel!
      Please be assured that the procedure is very fast and most doctors who perform laser frenectomy do it mostly on little children and babies, so do not be afraid!
      Please, let me know if you have any more questions.
      Have a very blessed evening,
      Alessia

  4. Shellee W. says:

    We are in the process of dealing with a Frenelum on my 8 mos old son who has failure the thrive. 2 Ped docs and 1 ENT later all told me that my son did not have it. All told me my son had something neurologically wrong with him. Emailed Dr. Kotlow and he said yes he has it very much. What is the cost of the procedure rough estimate if it is laser? Which is the way I want to go for my son! I hate the thought of putting him under general anesthetic!

  5. Rusti says:

    I’m taking my 8.5mo old daughter down to Ohio to see Dr. Notestine next week for TT & LT revisions! My sister took my nephew (11mos) a few weeks ago and has been having so much less pain while breastfeeding. (Our local La Leche League group in Lansing, MI has had about a dozen or more people take their children – from weeks old to years old – down to see either Dr. Notestine or Dr. Margolis!) Thanks for making this information so readily available!

    • alemogo says:

      You’re so very welcome, Rusti!
      Let’s spread the good news among Moms, especially breast-feeding Moms!
      Prayers your way for your daughter’s appointment! Please, keep us posted:-)
      Alessia

  6. Sophia says:

    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!!!

  7. luxi18 says:

    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!

    • alemogo says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Luxi!
      Moms’ feedback and experience mean so much to me, and to other Moms and Dads who read our blog!
      Congratulations! You have been brave, taking your children to be checked with Dr Jesse (yes, he’s awesome, I agree!) and you are reaping great rewards for them! 😀

  8. Karina says:

    THANK YOU for this list. I have been searching everywhere for providers who do laser frenectomies. My daughter is 15 months and her ULT is causing all sorts of dental issues but no one in my area (Colorado) performs this surgery. She may also have a TT but I’m not sure. Seems such a simple thing, I don’t know why more don’t do it! Anyway, this is helpful. I wish there was someone nearer to me but hopefully we will be able to get her LT revised soon. Thanks again.

    • Karina says:

      I’m also wondering if you have a list of ENTs who also do this procedure? I searched the site but couldn’t find one. Just thought it wouldbe good to explore all my options.

      • alemogo says:

        Karina, I am glad that the information on our blog could help! We haven’t come in contact with any ENT who performs laser frenectomy yet. If you do, please let me know and we’ll add their names to our list! Also, please keep us posted on how it goes with your daughter!
        Blessings,
        Alessia

  9. Leah Morton says:

    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 🙂

    • alemogo says:

      Fantastic news, Leah! I am so happy for you and your daughter!
      I’ve just talked with Melissa at Dr Reese’s office and we’ll be adding them to our list of doctors of perform laser frenectomy. Thank you for letting us know! This will benefit many others in your area!
      God bless,
      Alessia

  10. Natalie says:

    I am so glad I found this website! I am lucky I noticed my daughters severe lip tie very early, when she was 6 weeks old. She is 9 weeks now and will be having the procedure done in two weeks. I have also been fortunate in that we don’t have any issues breastfeeding (at 12 lbs 4 oz she is in the 75th percentile!). However I do want to avoid issues in the future concerning her speech. I have been very nervous until I discovered this story! We will be driving from San Antonio Texas to see Dr. Cole in Fort Worth Texas. It is about a 5 hour drive and we will be driving home immediately after the procedure, should I expect her to be sleepier or fussier than usual on the car ride home?

    • alemogo says:

      Natalie,
      So glad you found the blog. We did the same you guys are doing: we drove there, got it done and drove back home, about 5 and 1/2 hours for us. No fussiness on the way back experienced by our daughter. You can take some Tylenol with you, but you probably won’t use it. Especially you nursing her, that’s the best way to comfort her if she were a little fussy, but i doubt it. I would love to hear your story and post it among the success stories on the blog, to encourage other Moms! Please, keep us posted! 🙂
      Many blessings,
      Alessia

  11. Sarah says:

    We were having a hard time finding someone to perform a laser frenectomy for our 3.5 yr old around the Memphis, TN area, until we went to Desoto ENT in Southaven, MS. Dr Colvin was great and acted like it wasn’t an issue at all to use a laser, in fact that is all he uses! So here is an ENT that performs laser frenectomies.

    • Sarah says:

      He is tongue-tied by the way and we had all the common issues when he was a baby with breastfeeding. Poor latch, and I had mastitis twice, and his pediatrician never caught it! Unfortunately, I ended up giving up breastfeeding due to both his and my frustrations. I wish more doctors were aware of this and it was easier to find someone that uses lasers! I will let you know how it turns out!

      • alemogo says:

        Thank you so much, Sarah! I have just talked with Desoto ENT Care and they explained that they treat tongue tie with clipping on babies and with laser on older children (frenotomy or frenulotomy), even though they don’t perform Upper-Lip Tie frenectomies with laser. I have just added them to our list for tongue tie procedures with laser. Thanks a lot!
        Please, keep us posted on how that goes with your little one!
        Many blessings,
        Alessia Mogavero

  12. Lynn_M says:

    I am 66 years old and just had my tongue-tie lasered away. This was my third frenectomy. I’m told I had my tongue cut at birth. Frenectomy #2 was when I was age 16 and starting orthodontia. I couldn’t touch my tongue to the hard palate of my mouth to hold the molds in place, so I was referred for an in-office frenectomy done with a scalpel.

    I saw a new dentist 6 months ago, and he told me I had severe tongue-tie. Apparently the doctor that did the earlier procedure just cut enough enough of the frenum to allow me to touch the roof of my mouth with my tongue, or else scar tissue reattached my tongue over time. None of the many dentists I had seen in the 50 years in between ever said anything about me having a tongue-tie, even though it may well have caused my severe gum recession..

    The dentist that just did my procedure is Dr. David Winn, II, and his practice is called Academy Laser Dentistry. The address is 6475 Wall St., Suite 201, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Phone is 719-260-9000. His website is academylaserdentist.com. I don’t know if he works on babies and children, but he teaches laser procedures to other dentists internationally. I paid $400 out of pocket.

    This time I saw an orofacial myofunctional therapist before the frenectomy. She diagnosed me has having a tongue-thrust swallow, some speech difficulties, and also regression of my earlier orthodontia, all due to the tongue-tie. She had me do tongue exercises and stretches for a week before the frenectomy, and then those same exercises 2 weeks post-op. She said to be sure to pull on the tongue after the surgery, holding onto it with gauze pads to get good traction, for 10 seconds, repeated 6-8 times, for 3 cycles a day, to prevent scar tissue from forming and readhering the tongue.

    It’s taken 3 weeks for my tongue to heal where the frenum was lasered. I will be working with my myofunctional therapist for about 4 months, doing a set of exercises 3X a day. Each week the exercises get progressively more challenging. My tongue had become flaccid after being tied down at the tip for so long. If the patient is old enough to do a program of tongue exercises, I recommend consulting with an orofacial myofunctional therapist before and after a frenectomy. After the initial consult, many of them will work via Skype.

    • alemogo says:

      Dear Lynn,
      thank you so much for sharing. Wow! I am so sorry you had to endure tongue-thrust swallow, some speech difficulties and regression of your earlier orthodontia, all due to the tongue-tie. I am really happy to hear that Dr Winn could help you with laser! I have already contacted him and left a message. Hopefully, we can add him to our list of practitioners who perform Laser Frenectomy on adults and children of all ages.
      Yes, some ‘stretching’ exercises of the tongue or lips are necessary in the days following the procedure even on little children; however, the younger the child, the shorter the healing time – about a week on my daughter. It also depends on how severe the frenum was, of course.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience! I am sure it will help many people!
      God’s blessings to you for a fast and definitive healing!
      Alessia

  13. Lynn_M says:

    I have an unfortunate addendum to add to my frenectomy story. Both my myofunctional therapist and I felt that the dentist did not remove enough of my lingual frenulum, because I have too many challenges in doing the myofunctional exercises, I still have a cleft at my tongue tip, and I can’t stick my tongue out enough. My frenulum still appears as a strong fibrous band of tissue, even though my laser frenectomy procedure appeared to take just as long as YouTube videos I’ve seen of that procedure done on older children.

    I was scheduled for a revision in mid-May, 3 1/2 months after the original procedure, because that was the earliest my dentist could schedule it. However, 3 weeks ago, my therapist presented photos of my laser frenectomy procedure to the NE dental hygienist’s conference in a tongue-tie seminar. Some experts in the audience said the dentist hadn’t cut enough. One of the audience members suggested I might have a submucosal frenulum, a class 4 type of tie, and suggested I consult with the ENT she worked for. I saw the ENT last week, and I definitely do have a submucosal frenulum. This is when the thick frenulum is embedded in the underside of the tongue. The ENT said the only procedure that would fix that is a frenuloplasty with a Z-plasty. This is where the frenulum is revised and a vertical incision is made in the underside of the tongue, and then horizontal incisions at the top and bottom, in the shape of a Z. Then the flaps are rotated around and sutured, which when healed frees up the tongue to project forward more. The type of “cutting” procedures I’d had 3 times previously are never sufficient, in his opinion. I will be having the Z-plasty frenuloplasty in 2 months in an outpatient surgery facility under general anesthesia. And then, my tongue should finally be freed up enough. Some dentists/dentists say they can accomplish the same thing with a laser procedure.

    So the moral of my story is to be aware of a much harder to diagnosis submucosal frenulum, particularly if a cleft persists and tongue dysfunction still persists. Submucosal frenulums are sometimes called posterior frenulums, which are even still harder to diagnose. However, mine is at the anterior of my tongue, and the thick fibrous band is quite obvious.

    This submucosal frenulum could well be related to the thyroglossal duct cyst that I had surgery for at age 2. The thyroid develops in the fetus starting at 4 weeks. The thyroid tissue starts at the back of the tongue in the foramen cecum, and then descends down through a thyroglossal duct until it reaches the lower portion of the neck, which occurs at a fetal age of about 7 weeks. In most people, the tissues of the thyroglossal duct become obliterated, but not for those of us that develop thyroglossal duct cysts. Sometimes, as part of this thyroglossal duct formation, there are fibers invisible to a surgeon’s eye that connect the tongue to the base of the mouth. Dr. Steven Park, MD, in an online podcast, speculates that submucosal tongue ties result from the failure of these fibers to obliterate, because biopsies show the geno-glossus muscle, the muscle anchoring the anterior of the tongue, to be more fibrotic in people with tongue tie. I suspect Dr. Park is right in my case.

    Alessia, sorry for such a long post. I wish this information had been more freely available to me, so I wanted to share the fruits of my research.

  14. Easton'sMommy says:

    Thank you for your invaluable list of doctors. I have felt guilt for over four years at not being able to breast feed my daughter and, more recently, my son. Breastfeeding experts at the hospitals, La Leche League, and our pediatrician all checked for tongue tie but none looked at my kids’ upper lips. When we found the upper lip issue, doctors said it would grow out or that we couldn’t do any procedure until orthodontia to avoid scar tissue impeding the progress of braces…
    Thank goodness for the power of parents’ intuition and for not being afraid to be right, even when everyone tells you you’re wrong. We will be heading to LA to see Dr. Jesse soon. I hope that when it is all done, our medical professionals will be open to the concept and will have better answers for future parents!

    • alemogo says:

      Thank you so much for writing, Easton’s Mommy!
      Yes, breastfeeding experts are only now starting to realize that, when a baby has tongue-tie, in most cases he/she is also lip-tied and the sooner the lip-frenum is cut, the better for the baby/child!
      It is wonderful to know you are going to see Dr Jesse! Please, keep us posted!
      God’s blessings,
      Alessia

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