What Is A Tongue Tie?
A tongue tie (ankyloglossia) is caused by a tight frenum, the fascia that anchors the tongue to the floor of the mouth. A lip tie is caused by a tight labial frenum that anchors the lips to the gums,. These tissues should disappear during the infant’s development but there are genetic influences that cause them to remain and to restrict tongue and lip mobility.
Why Do We Call It A Transformative Tongue Tie Release ?
In babies, a tight frenum can cause problems with latching and breast-feeding. A release can cause an instant transformation to allow latching and bonding between the baby and the mommy. In children a tongue tie may cause problems with speech. In adults a tongue tie may contribute to neck and shoulder pain, mouth breathing and sleep apnea. Many adults who undergo a tongue tie release feel an immediate release of tension in the neck and improvements in posture that they describe as being liberating.
The Relationship Between Tongue Tie and Sleep Apnea
Breast feeding is critical for proper craniofacial growth and development because it strengthens and tones the tongue, lip and cheek muscles to apply the right forces to the developing jaws. Babies that are tongue-tied can not posture the tongue on the palate to stimulate normal oro-facial growth. They, instead, develop a low tongue posture and mouth breathing habits. Dr. Guilleminault from Stanford University has shown the correlation between tongue tie and pediatric sleep apnea, which has many downstream consequences like fatigue, difficulty concentrating, teeth grinding, bedwetting and behavioral issues that mimick ADHD.
In adults, the tongue tie in adults can cause the tongue to fall back in the throat during sleep and cause snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome and sleep apnea.
Adults who have compensated for the tongue tie all of their lives often have tongues that do not function properly properly during breathing, swallowing and sleeping. It is recommended that adults undergo orofacial myofunctional therapy before and after the transformative tongue tie release. This therapy will help to normalize the function of the tongue, lip and cheek muscles and get the best result possible from the tongue tie release.
Dr. Sharona Dayan uses a state of the art laser to perform a simple fascial release of restricted tissues of the tongue and lips. She treats adults, children and babies. To learn more, click here to watch Dr. Dayan’s video on tongue ties in children.
If you or someone you know has a restricted tongue or tongue tie call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dayan at (310) 205-0900 or send an email to email@example.com Consultations for this procedure can also be done remotely using online Video Visits. You can click here to book a 20 minute Video Visit with Dr Dayan to see how she can help. We are so sure you will love Dr. Dayan after meeting her that you will want to book your procedure here in our office.