Dr. Lucas was the first pediatric dentist to offer laser frenectomy for infants in Austin. Dr. Lucas has extensive experience performing the procedure, as a board certified Pediatric Dentist with more than 10 years experience.
Tongue tie (or lip tie) is a common developmental condition that may cause pain with nursing, or difficulty breastfeeding for some infants. Benefits of laser treatment include less discomfort, no bleeding, and more complete treatment compared to the conventional method.
We love to see infants and families in our clinic, and can usually fit patients in right away — we don’t want trouble with breastfeeding to continue. We’re happy to submit your dental insurance directly, or we can explain how to use your medical benefits. If you have questions about insurance benefits for the procedure, just give us a call.
Q: I’ve been told my infant has a tongue tie / lip tie. Now what?
A: Give us a call to schedule a visit at 512-900-KIDS. We can answer any questions you may have. We’ll try to get you in as soon as possible; we don’t want problems with nursing to continue. You can also contact us online to request an appointment with Dr. Lucas.
Q: What should I expect the day of procedure?
A: We recommend not nursing your baby immediately prior to the visit, because we’ll want baby to nurse just after the procedure.
Dr. Lucas will perform the exam with the parent knee to knee.
Dr. Lucas will explain her findings and recommendation, and answer any questions.
If parents decide to proceed with treatment, we’ll do a consent form.
Your child will be swaddled in the treatment room, and have laser eye protection.
Mother will breastfeed post-procedure (we recommend).
Dr. Lucas will review stretching exercises with parents.
Q: What about after the procedure?
A: We will schedule a two week follow up visit.
Instruction sheet will be sent home: Laser Postoperative Instructions
Stretching exercises must be performed for 10 days after the procedure to prevent recurrence!
If you have questions for Dr. Lucas after the procedure, she is available on call — just call our main number to be connected.
Take a look at demonstration of post-procedure stretching in the video: