Form. Function. Physiology.

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On the cutting edge of the decision of if and when to cut.

     Our first foundational principle is to put function first.  

Our second is to never introduce a simple treatment solution to a complex patient.


We are all trained on the principle of "First do no harm", but sometimes it is a challenge to know where to start in treating complex patients that are affected by restricted oral tissues
Regretfully, many providers are not trained to recognize a complex patient until  they discover that a simple treatment approach was not as effective as expected.   


The goal of educating providers on the principles and protocols of BabyLase is to provide the techniques, tips and tools necessary to:


  • Support the provider in assessing their patients
  • Referring for supportive care by additional treatment team professionals
  • Developing the skills necessary to deliver quality BabyLase Therapy in a clinical setting 


The methods utilized to educate providers include:


  • Comprehensive instruction on laser physiology and safety
  • Comparisons between different laser wavelengths,  manufacturers and techniques utilized to perform oral releases
  • Providers treating each other to benefit from their own personal OraLase experience 
  • Observation of experienced BabyLase providers  in a clinical setting working on a variety of patients
  • Instruction by the combination of the dentist and infant feeding specialist that have developed this very targeted therapeutic modality

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Conservative, cautious, considerate, reversible and non-invasive.


By respecting the anatomy and physiology as well as honoring the principles of natural function, providers are able to assist their patients in maximizing function before, during and after a surgical release if deemed necessary.

Multidisciplinary education for a integrative approach

 The bodies of our patients are integrated and their treatment providers should be integrative in their approach to care.  BabyLase training includes instruction on:

  • Anatomical  and structural influences of the oral environment
  • Function of the tongue and lips
  • Influence of the mandibular labial tendon and buccinator fascia
  • Role of sleep fragmentation and airway function
  • Importance of understanding retained primitive reflexes and opportunities to successfully integrate them into postural reflexes
  • Relevance of the suck, swallow, breathe reflex
  • Importance of understanding the swallow as an integrative force in neurophysiology
  • Implications of oral function on bodily function: how altering one part of the body influences the entirety of the body
  • Gently optimizing Integration of sensory processing in the context of improved structure and function

Triad. Dyad. Tongue.

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Triad

BabyLase principles and procedures address more than just the perceived tongue tie.  It is critical  when treating the infant or child to fully understand the triad of the function of the:

  1. oral environment
  2. the whole body fascial system 
  3. the neurological bi-directional feedback through the fascia and cranial nerve system 


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Dyad

The mother-baby unit is referred to as a dyad.  

BabyLase therapy involves the treatment of the mother immediately before their baby is treated.  Benefits include:


  • A mother who can experience the warmth and relaxation of the therapy that their baby will be experiencing during their procedure
  • A baby that can experience the benefits of non-surgical and neurologically integrating therapies that have been known to create many improvements in the quality of life for both the baby and their families.
  • Optimizing both form and function for mother and child provides a unique opportunity for increases in quality of life

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Tongue

Function is more than skin deep ...and dysfunction goes all the way to the core. 


The tip of the iceberg did not sink the Titanic and the visible portion of the frenum is not the only structure affecting function. 


By adding the BabyLase therapy to any type of surgical release for restricted oral tissues, you provide the patient the opportunity to access releases into the fascial tissue. 


Assessing and addressing the complicated posterior tongue tie becomes less complicated when function can be optimized through neurological integration and non-surgical fascial releases by utilizing  BabyLase Therapy.

OraLase & BabyLase

OraLase

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The OraLase technique is Dr. Nordstrom's innovation using the FDA approved Fotona Lightwalker Laser and the FDA approved FOX ARC 1064 (XLase)  to address neurological and structural limitations/restrictions in the oral region.

 

It is utilized to address orofacial pain and dysfunction by specifically treating the neurological and  fascial systems of the head and neck.  


OraLase is a very specific application of laser  frequency and technique that achieves consistently remarkable results for patients  the age of 6 and older. 

BabyLase

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 BabyLase is the application of the OraLase technique as applied to children ages 0-5.  It is a highly customized form of the standardized OraLase protocol based on clinical experience and  feedback from parents and providers.   As a modification of dosage based on age, size and level of function,  the BabyLase protocol continues to be refined through active patient care and careful feedback from parents and  thorough ongoing functional assessments. 


BabyLase has been developed by  Dr Angie and Nicole by applying Dr. Nordstrom's OraLase principles to infants and children.   As a unique partnership of a highly trained head and neck functional dentist and a tongue  focused infant feeding specialist, they developed co-treatment protocols and procedures to achieve consistently beneficial results for their patients in the BabyLase program at Synergy Dental Solutions 

Recently released article from Today.com

 

More babies getting their tongues clipped to help breastfeed. But is it necessary?

Article: Untangling the tongue tie epidemic

 

What is a tongue tie? Defining the anatomy of the in-situ lingual frenulum.

 "The lingual frenulum is not a discrete midline structure. It is formed by dynamic elevation of a midline fold in the floor of mouth fascia. With this study, the clinical concept of ankyloglossia and its surgical management warrant revision."   Clin. Anat., 2019. 

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