The only CO2 Laser Tongue Tie Clinic, the optimal tool for soft tissue surgery

On Site
Medical Assessment - Consultant Paediatrician
Feeding Support - International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
Bodywork - Neonatal 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 service is provided at the National Tongue Tie Centre situated in rural Tipperary. Our friendly team have years of experience helping families with a variety of infant feeding problems.

Why do I use a laser for division?

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 laser for division of both tongue and lip ties. Having performed tongue tie divisions with scissors for 9 years before switching to 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 in my experience the babies settle faster following the procedure.

All safety requirements are met through the use of laser safety goggles and a plume extraction system.