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Community Spotlight: Laser Revision for Pediatric Patients

Dr. Geri-Lynn Waldman, owner of Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry, is pleased to announce that her office now offers laser revision of tongue and lip ties for infants and children who may be suffering from difficulty breastfeeding and speech. “A tongue or lip tie is when the frenum (tissue) that naturally connects the tongue and lip to its surrounding structures is too short or tight. This can impede normal function,” she explains. “In other words, the upper lip is unable to flange properly to allow for a deep latch and the tongue’s ability to extrude and elevate efficiently is impaired.”

According to Dr. Waldman, laser revision or frenectomy releases the frenum to restore proper function and mobility of a child’s tongue and lip. “Our office uses the latest in CO2 laser technology which allows for enhanced precision and faster recovery,” she says. As a mother of two, Dr. Waldman understands nursing moms and the impact tongue and lip ties may have on nursing, feeding and speech. After experiencing issues with nursing and speech with her own children and realizing the need for providers in our area, Dr. Waldman strived to educate herself in the field of laser technology and surgical revision of lip and tongue ties. She received extensive training from the top providers in the field and earned a Certificate of Standard Proficiency from the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

Dr. Waldman supports those who want to nurse but may be experiencing complications associated with tongue and/or lip ties. “There are many symptoms associated with tongue and lip ties in babies and nursing moms. Infants may express some of the following symptoms: excessive gas, poor weight gain, inability to latch properly, clicking sounds while breastfeeding, and reflux. Moms of infants with ties often experience pain while nursing, thrush/mastitis, cracked or bleeding nipples, low milk supply and feelings of frustration,” she explains. “It is important to understand that not every infant who has a tongue or lip tie will exhibit symptoms or complications because of their tie.”

Tongue and lip ties also can cause problems in children as they get older. “The most common symptoms associated with ties are delayed speech or problems with articulation, inability to fully extend or elevate the tongue, preference for softer foods, mouth breathing, snoring/sleep apnea, increased risk for caries and gum disease and gagging on liquids and foods,” says Dr. Waldman.

Using the CO2 laser, this safe procedure can be completed efficiently with minimal to no bleeding, little swelling and reduced risk of infection. “It can also be done without the need for general anesthesia and sedatives,” assures Waldman.

Dr. Waldman and her staff thoroughly enjoy working with infants and children. Her child-friendly, state-ofthe- art office offers comprehensive care for all children from infancy through teens.

Dr. Waldman earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 2000. She then completed a two year residency in pediatric dentistry from Rutgers University. During her residency, she received specialized training in all areas of pediatric dental care including sedation and working with children of special needs. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, American Dental Association and the 9th District Dental Association.

Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry is located at75 Crystal Run Rd., Ste. 235, Middletown. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact 458- 8500 or office@hvkidsmiles.com or visit HVKidSmiles.com or their Facebook page.

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