At Tongue-Tie Dental, we use the LightScalpel CO2 laser to provide lip and tongue-tie releases (frenectomies) to patients of all ages, starting with newborns. Our advanced laser vaporizes tissue with incredibly high precision, leaving less adjacent tissue damage compared to other lasers. There is usually minimal to no bleeding, unlike when scissors or scalpels are used.
Dr. Levy collaborates with Connecticut's best IBCLC's (lactation consultants), speech therapists, myofunctional therapists, and bodyworkers to provide the best results and achieve maximum improvement for your child. A successful tongue-tie release is dependent on many factors, and we want your child to have the best outcome.
Dr. Jessica Levy is a pediatric dentist, who has been in practice in Fairfield County for over ten years. She is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and is confidently able to treat patients from birth to adulthood. She graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, completed a general practice residency heavy on surgical training at Westchester Medical Center, and completed her pediatric dentistry specialty training back in Buffalo. She has taken extensive training and continuing education courses in airway, feeding development, and tongue-tie. She has completed The Breathe Institute's Breathe Course, the Tongue-Tied Academy, and Tongue-Tied Academy Live Patient Course. Her best training in infants and young children has come from her own children- her three-year-old son and five-year-old daughter.
SIGNS OF TONGUE-TIE
-Difficulty nursing or taking a bottle
-Slow or poor weight gain
-Reflux or spitting up often
-Takes an excessive time to feed
-Frustration when eating
-Gagging/choking when eating
-Milk leaks from mouth when eating
-Clicking or smacking noise when eating
-Lip curls under when nursing/bottle feeding
-Sucking blisters on lips
-Snoring or mouth breathing
MOM'S SYMPTOMS WHEN BABY HAS TIES:
-Flattened, bleeding, or lipstick-shaped nipples
-Poor breast drainage
IN TODDLERS AND
-Trouble with speech sounds/mumbling
-Eats very slowly/trouble finishing meals
-Picky eater with textures
-Spits out food or packs food in cheeks
-Grinds teeth during sleep
-Sleeps with mouth open/mouth-breathing
-Snores at night
-Strong gag reflex
-Head, neck or shoulder pain
-Large gap between two front teeth (lip tie)
What is a tongue or lip tie?
Referred to collectively as "tethered oral tissues," a tongue, lip, or buccal (cheek) tie is an excessive band of tissue (muscle or fascia) that prohibits the tongue, lips, or cheeks from moving as they should and functioning properly. It can lead to many different symptoms, as listed above. Babies and children with tethered oral tissues may exhibit a few or many of these symptoms. A full release of the restriction, combined with various types of therapy, can lead to improvement in some or all of the symptoms a child is experiencing.
Jessica Levy DDS
Dr. Levy grew up in White Plains, NY. She has been practicing pediatric dentistry in Westchester, NY and Fairfield County in CT since 2011. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, travel, and spending time with her husband and two children.
-New York University, BA in Psychology
-University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, DDS
-Westchester Medical Center, General Practice Residency
-University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry