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Tongue and Lip-Tie Treatment


Improve your child’s feeding, digestion, sleep habits, and more in less than a minute.

Does Your Child Have a Tongue or Lip-Tie?


Approximately 10% of children born in the US do.

A tongue-tie or lip-tie is a congenital condition that restricts the movement and function of the tongue or upper lip.

This condition hinders your baby's ability to latch and feed from day one. As your child ages, this can lead to:

  • Improper facial development
  • Gag reflux and feeding issues
  • Sleeping and breathing issues
  • Speech delays or impairments
  • Orthodontic problems

Dr. Cathy uses a gentle CO2 laser to treat this. It takes less than a minute and typically doesn't require anesthesia. There's less bleeding, no trauma, and you can feed your baby before you leave.

Ask us if a laser frenectomy is right for your child.

What Are the Symptoms?

Tongue and lip-ties affect infants, mothers, older children, and adults.


  • Difficulty latching onto the breast
  • Shallow latch on the breast or bottle
  • Prolonged feeding sessions
  • Clicking or popping noises while sucking
  • Gumming or chewing of the nipple while feeding
  • Excessive gassiness or spit up
  • Sucking blisters or calluses
  • Frequent feedings
  • Becoming fatigued during feedings
  • Weight loss or slow weight gain
  • Inability to hold a pacifier
  • Excessive drooling
  • Colic-like symptoms


  • Painful feeding
  • Breast full of milk after feeding
  • Low milk supply
  • Blocked ducts, mastitis, or thrush
  • Nipple trauma (including cracking, bleeding, bruising, creasing, or flattening)

Children & Adults

  • Difficulty talking (lisp or speech impairment)
  • Difficulty eating and swallowing (such as licking an ice cream cone)
  • Picky eater (avoids certain textures)
  • Gapped front teeth
  • Narrow dental arches, crowded teeth, and overbites
  • TMJ-like symptoms (including headaches, migraines, head and neck tightness, and teeth grinding)
  • Snoring or sleep apnea
  • Mouth breathing
  • Difficulty moving tongue side to side
  • Heart-shaped tip of the tongue

Is a Frenectomy Worth It?


Parents and patients choose frenectomies for a range of reasons and at various ages.

Improves Feeding

Feedings become effective and comfortable for both baby and mother.

Proper Development

The tongue affects how the skull and face grow and function.

Better Diet & Digestion

Stemming from infancy to adulthood.

Helps Speech

Ability to pronounce sounds and words.

Sleep Quality

Reduces snoring and sleep apnea risk.

Prevents Dental Problems

Including teeth grinding, orthodontic issues, and more.

No Stitches Needed

See how Dr. Cathy makes frenectomies easy for patients and parents.

A traditional frenectomy involves cutting the frenum with a sharp tool and stitching the wound. As you can imagine, this is not only painful and scary for your child but also for you to watch.

At The Kidds Place, we offer a gentler alternative with the LightScalpel™ CO2 laser,

Parents prefer this soft tissue laser for a number of reasons:

  • Extremely precise and successful
  • Vaporizes oral tissue instead of cutting
  • Very little if any bleeding
  • Often no anesthesia is needed
  • Takes less than one minute
  • Reduces risk of infections or complications afterward
  • Less pain afterward than other methods (including scalpel, scissors, or diode laser)
  • Fast healing process
  • Can likely feed immediately after

They also trust Dr. Cathy. She has extensive training and education on tethered oral tissues, pediatric airways analysis, and even studied directly under the creator of the LightScalpel.

Contact us for laser tongue and lip-tie treatment in Spokane, WA.

Tongue-Tie vs. Lip-Tie


Watch these videos to understand the difference.



Improve Your Child’s Life Forever, in Less than a Minute


Contact us for a laser frenectomy in Spokane, WA.


Our address & contact details


Postal Address

506 East Hastings Rd.
Suite B
Spokane WA 99218

Phone & Email

Phone: 509.252.4746
Fax: 509.789.1640

Business Hours

M-W 7:00am - 3:30pm
Thurs 7:00AM - 1:00pm
Fri: By Appointment Only - Surgery Days
Sat & Sun: CLOSED

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