Service for Infants, Children and Young Adults
The only CO2 Laser Tongue Tie Clinic, the optimal tool for soft tissue surgery
Tongue Tie division and frenuloplasty without the need for General Anaesthetic

On Site
Medical Assessment - Consultant Paediatrician
Specialist Paediatric Nursing
Feeding Support - International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
Bodywork and Myofunctional Therapy - Paediatric Physiotherapist

My professional background is as a Neonatal Physiotherapist - having worked in a busy 37 bed neonatal unit with follow up until 12 months of age of all infants with extreme prematurity or developmental problems.

My interest in tongue tie is as a result of four of my six children having feeding issues secondary to ties and this gives me personal insight into the issues that parents face.

My belief is that in order to achieve the best potential outcome from a tongue tie release it involves more than just division. Feeding is a functional activity and all babies with a tie will have developed, to varying degrees, compensations. These adaptations result in tension around the jaw and can be widespread throughout the body, this in turn can interfere with selective tongue movement. Babies also need to develop the neural pathways to establish a new more effective way of feeding in preference to the pre-established patterns.

National Tongue Tie Centre

A world class facility situated in beautiful countryside just 10 minutes from the M8.

Why do I use a laser for division?

All divisions at the National Tongue Tie Centre are completed using a CO2 laser. My personal preference is to use a CO2 laser for division of both tongue and lip ties. Having performed tongue tie divisions with scissors for 9 years before switching to diode laser and then CO2 laser, the advantages that I have seen are greater precision of division as it is possible to visualise and divide the tie to the appropriate fascial layer. There is little to no bleeding and research shows less inflammation following the procedure.

For all older children, and infants who have had reattachment(s), we can suture the diamond shaped wound together thus removing the need for active wound care in the first week.