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WEBINAR – Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to a multidisciplinary approach for treating ankyloglossia: lasers, lactation, and bodywork

This was held September 14, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PDT online via a Zoom Webinar

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Embark on an insightful journey with Dr. Cara Riek, a Pioneer Nurse Practitioner in the field of laser frenectomies, in this 1.5-hour complimentary webinar, “Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to a multidisciplinary approach for treating ankyloglossia: lasers, lactation, and bodywork.” This webinar is essential for nurse practitioners who are keen to enhance their understanding of tethered oral tissues and the impacts of tongue ties on infant suck and overall orofacial functionality. Learn about the intricate physiology of infant sucking, the critical assessment techniques for diagnosing lingual and labial ties, as well as the state-of-the-art laser procedures used in their release. In our complex medical world, proficiency in this area could drastically improve the quality of life for your patients, from infants to adults, and could be the difference between restricted functionality and optimal health.

Learning Objectives

The goal of an infant frenectomy is to establish proper eating/breastfeeding and breathing (suck-swallow-breathe) patterns. The goal of functional frenectomy in children, adolescents, and adults is to release the restricted frena and to restore, with the help of mandatory pre- and post-frenectomy Oro-Myofunctional Therapy (OMT), the mobility and functionality of tongue and lips for optimal breathing, speech, chewing, swallow, and posture. During this webinar, the attendees will learn about the following:

  • Infant sucking physiology and how tongue ties impact infant suck.
  • Current methods of clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of lingual and labial ties.
  • Reliable diagnostic criteria to screen babies for this condition.
  • Bodywork and coordinating with other medical specialties.
  • Consequences and benefits of using lasers to remove oral restrictions.
  • Choosing the best laser wavelength for optimal results.

This webinar is for Nurse Practitioners and all healthcare professionals. Continuing education (CE) credits will not be awarded.

Unable to attend the live webinar? Don’t worry. Following the event, all registered individuals will receive an email containing a link to access the recorded webinar.


September 14, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PDT


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