Patient: 4 year old with chronic snoring/mouth breathing and nasal congestion. Had difficult latching as a baby and parents were concerned about sleep/airway.
Parent had received two professional opinions:
1. Remove large tonsils under GA (general anesthesia)
2. Tongue tie Release and Myofunctional Therapy (improve tongue muscle strength and tone)
2 Totally Different Approaches to Improving Nasal Breathing/Airway!
-Parents chose Tongue Tie Release and Myofunctional Therapy
-Family came to Stonebrook Pediatric Dentistry for tongue tie consult. Dr. Bhaumik and team reviewed medical history and assessed patient anxiety
-4 year old patient was very brave so he returned for LightScalpel CO2 laser release by Dr. Bhaumik and team
-Procedure was completed in 10 minutes under nitrous oxide/oxygen (laughing gas) and local anesthetic (numbing injection)
-Tongue Elevation Improved instantly after release (top right and bottom left pic)
-One Week Follow Up: surgical site was healing well AND more importantly patient is now breathing through his nose, mouth closed and NO SNORING!
-Patient received pre and post surgery therapy to improve tongue posture
-Tongue posture is very important for proper breathing habits while asleep
–Tonsillectomy is an excellent procedure depending on the case
-Frenectomy (tongue tie release) does not cure snoring!
-It takes a TEAM of health care professionals for these kind of success stories!
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