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Question:
My son is 5 1/2 years old. He was told by the speach therapist in his detsky sad that he needs to have the skin (a strappy thing) under the tongue cut to enable him to fully pronounce words. Apparently, this is a regular procedure for Russian kids. Have you heard of it? Recommend it? Do it? How much? Can you do it to a child 5 1/2 under anestesia? I ask because he won't submit to any surgeries in his mouth while awake - for sure. Please write me. I'm grateful for your help.
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Answer:
In general it is often necessary to cut some attached ligament for the tongue or the lip. It is a standard procedure and not very difficult for the patient. Nowadays often laser is used for this, in order to have a smooth cut and less bleeding. According to existing law in Russia, a dentist can treat patients from 11 years on. As for smaller children it takes a separate licence and facility, which our clinic does not hold, therefore I can't offer help in this case. There are several clinics especially for treatment of children existing and some of them also allow the sedation with gas, which is recommended for children of this age. I hope that this info is helpful! Best regards, VG
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