Functional Tongue Lip Tie Releases
29th – 31st March 2020
Dr Elina Castro
Dr. Elina Castro has over 20 years of experience working as a dentist, both in Brazil and Australia. She has a special interest in treating malocclusions in deciduous dentition, with a focus on breaking unhealthy oral habits and restoring nasal breathing.
As Co – Founder of the Dentofacial Institute, Dr. Elina works in conjunction with oral myofunctional therapists and functional appliances to facilitate optimal growth and development of the face. She also focuses on identifying and treating tongue and lip ties as early as possible to prevent feeding, speech, compromised facial growth and teeth crowding.
Dr. Elina completed her orthodontic mini-residency with internationally renowned Specialist Orthodontist, Dr. Derek Mohony, and continues to play an integral role in his treatment protocol across 5 practices in Sydney. She is reputed across Australia as an experienced airway-cantered dentist treating alocclusions in young children using Planas direct tracks and the HealthyStart appliances. Her critical understanding of the impact lip and tongue ties have on the correct function and development of the orofacial complex and sleep disordered breathing has led her to extensive study and work in this field.
Dr. Elina was personally trained by Dr. Soroush Zaghi, world_ renowned Ear, Nose and Throat specialist and Sleep Physician from Standford University and The Breath Institute in Los Angeles, who pioneered the Functional Frenuloplasty surgical technique. She continues to achieve outstanding results in her surgical releases for tongue ties and laser labial frenectomies.
Nada Makki – Karnib
Nada Makki-Karnib is the principle speech pathologist at Q Speech & Learning Clinic with 20 years of combined experience as a hospital scientist and in private practice. She enjoys working with people of all ages in the treatment of communication and feeding disorders, with a special interest and expertise in Oromyofunctional Disorders. As Co-Founders of the Dentofacial Institute and international speakers, Dr. Elina Castro Blairs and Nada dedicate most of their professional time to promoting airway and sleep awareness and the impact of these on Dentofacial growth and development, particularly focusing on early interceptive facial orthopaedics. Nada’s collaboration with dental professionals and multidisciplinary approach in the care of her patients seeks to address the root cause of many of the communication and feeding difficulties children present with.
Nada’s specialist training in oromyofunctional disorders with internationally recognized leaders in the field has made her a leading practitioner in Australia, where she combines her experience in traditional speech therapy with myofunctional therapy and breathing retraining. In her practice, Nada works alongside dental, medical, and allied health professionals to provide wholistic, comprehensive treatment of speech and feeding disorders, sleep disorders. tongue and lip ties. She had the pleasure of learning alongside functional frenuloplasty pioneer Dr Soroush Zaghi, when he visited their Dentofacial Institute in Sydney.
From infants through to adults, collaborating dentists work alongside Nada to determine when a patient is ready for their procedure to optimise functional outcomes and wound healing.
8.00am : Registration
8.30am : Tongue & Lip ties – Impact on sleep, speech, feeding and craniofacial development – from birth through to adults
10.30am : Morning tea break
10.45am : Airway Centric Dentistry – The front-line r ole of the dentist in screening for sleep disordered breathing & treatment protocols
12.00pm : Lunch
1.00pm : To release or not to release: Functional Assessment of Tongue & Lip Ties
2.00pm : Functional Frenuloplasty – The role of Oromyofunctional Therapy: What does the literature tell us
3.00pm : Afternoon tea break
3.15pm : Early Treatment of Malocclusions (Devidious Dentition) – HealthyStart appliances
4.15pm : Questions
8.00am : Registration
8.30am : Aetiology of Malocclusion – The important of proper oral function. A multidisciplinary approach
9.30am : Screening for Oromyofunctional disorders
10.00am : Morning tea break
10.15am : Functional Frenuloplasty – The procedure. Laser vs. scissors, suturing, anatomy of the frenulum and other considerations
11.15am : Treatment of Malocclusion in Mixed dentition
12.15pm : Lunch
1.15pm : PRE / POST Frenuloplasty Exercise & baby-friendly techniques – from birth to adults
2.00pm : Can we stretch the frenulum? Is a procedure always necessary?
2.30pm : Wound Healing
3.00pm : Afternoon break
3.15PM : A Multidisciplinary approach to care
3.45PM : Cases & Questions
8.30am : Registration
10.30am : Practical Live Patient Demonstration : Comprehensive Oromyofunctional & TOTs clinical assessment including case history taking
11.15am : Morning tea break
12.00pm : Functional Frenuloplasty – Video of procedure with Discussion
1.00pm : Lunch
2.00pm : Practical: Attendees per form frenulum measurements/inspections on each other with guidance from Nada & Elina
3.00pm : Practical: Attendees can demonstrate on each other the pre/post frenectomy techniques with guidance
3.15pm : Treatment planning – Case examples
4.15pm : Questions
5.00pm : Certificate giving ceremony & photograph taking session