For Professionals

We are so glad you are visiting our website to learn more about our unique approach and to learn more about the issues that tongue-tied patients face. Please let us know if you have any questions. We have helped many professionals from all over the country learn more about tongue-ties and how best to treat them. We have several online courses as well as an in-office Advanced Live Patient Course available. If you are visiting our website after one of Dr. Baxter’s lectures for the forms we use, those may be found below. We hope you will be encouraged by the patient’s stories and the treatment that has changed countless children’s lives for the better. If you haven’t already, please read over our page on the most up-to-date information on tongue-ties. A tongue-tie release can have life-changing results when performed with care, proper before and aftercare and therapy, and a team approach.

Simply snipping or clipping the string is often not enough to achieve the full range of motion needed for proper function of the tongue, and will not achieve the same results as a full release of the restricted tissue as we perform with the CO2 Laser.

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State-Of-The-Art Facilities

  • We created the Alabama Tongue-Tie Center to best cater to our families we serve.
  • We strive to offer the highest customer service and best treatment experience possible.
  • We have a private entrance to the Tongue-Tie Center with a dedicated reception desk to best serve our patients.
  • We have four dedicated consult rooms each equipped with a comfortable recliner, sensitive baby scale, and intraoral camera for imaging any oral restrictions.
  • Patients are escorted to their room upon arrival to avoid the young infants needing to wait in the lobby. We can provide hot water if needed to heat up baby bottles.

Our Philosophy

We ensure every patient receives a thorough evaluation and history before considering treatment. We discuss all options and risks, benefits, and alternatives with the parents before choosing to pursue a tongue-tie release. In many cases, we have turned parents away from a release and counseled them on pursuing a different therapy first to try to resolve the issue non-surgically. The laser procedure, although rapid, simple, and virtually without complications is not taken lightly, and not performed on every patient. We counsel the parents on the team approach to care and collaborating with specialists across disciplines to help the child have the best chance of normal nursing, feeding or speech.

Dr. Baxter’s video of results mothers and infants saw after a proper release. 

Testimonials of parents who saw great improvements with their children in speech, feeding, and sleep.

Our technique for infants that is quick with minimal to no bleeding, and highly effective.

Our technique for children that is quick with minimal to no bleeding, no sedation or general anesthesia.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S)

Dr. Baxter has several online courses and a live patient course currently to educate professionals. There are also national and international conferences that can help a provider learn more about tongue-ties (American Laser Study Club, ICAP, IATP). Our tongue-tie page also has up-to-date information and basic information about tongue and lip-ties. Dr. Baxter’s book offers up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of the subject of tongue and lip-ties for educating professionals and parents. All of the proceeds of this book will be donated to charity.

No formal referral is needed. Your patient can call us directly at 205-419-4333 and set up an appointment, or one of your team members may call on their behalf. You can also fax information to us at 205-419-4320. Thank you for trusting us with your patient’s care. Simply having an evaluation does not mean the family must do treatment or that treatment will even be recommended, but it is helpful to have the child evaluated if you are concerned they are having symptoms commonly related to tongue-ties. We provide patients with a medical claim form they can submit to their insurance carrier to try to receive reimbursement for the procedure and consultation.

The baby may be gaining weight, but there are many other symptoms and questions to ask to dig deeper to determine if a tongue-tie is causing issues. In babies, poor latch, gassiness, reflux, spitting up frequently, painful nursing, clicking or noisy eating, and other issues can point to a tongue tie even with normal weight gain. In children, speech problems (mumbling, baby talk, lisp, speech delay), slow eating, picky eating, reflux, headaches, poor sleep quality, and other symptoms can be from a tongue-tie.