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Multidisciplinary Approach to Frenectomy: Developing a team, understanding roles, and improving outcomes across a lifespan
This course was held May 9, 2019 in El Paso, TX
The goal of a frenectomy is to establish life long patterns for eating, breathing, and speech. In infants, we aim to establish a rhythmic suck-swallow-breathe pattern to help with proper feeding from both bottle and breast. In children and adults, the goal is to develop proper speech patterns and tongue movement, maintain a patent airway to prevent sleep apnea, as well as proper jaw function to avoid TMJ issues. During this course, the attendee will learn:
- Oral anatomy and physiology from infant to adult
- How ties impact airway, feeding, speech, and biological function of the jaw
- Examining key players and their role in infant, child, and adult frenectomy care.
- Reliable diagnostic screening criteria for infants through adults.
In addition, attendees will:
- Become familiarized with evidence-based research on releasing TOTs across a life span.