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Sarah Mathias, DDS, MS

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Doctor Sarah Mathias is passionate about your child’s whole health and that starts with proper feeding, development, and tooth alignment which can be affected by lip tie or tongue tie. Contact Dr. Mathias today for a free consultation.

With her child-oriented style and fun personality, she gets children excited about their dental care, helping them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. During her doctoral studies at the University of Iowa, “Dr. Sarah” found that she especially enjoyed connecting with children to create a positive dental experience. This passion led her to Chicago, where she earned a master’s degree in oral sciences and a specialty degree in pediatric dentistry—a distinction held by fewer than three percent of all dentists.

When she’s not practicing dentistry, Dr. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Bobby Ghandehari—an orthodontist—their sons, and Hans, their German shepherd rescue puppy. Her pastimes include reading, personal fitness, scuba diving, and Formula One racing.

  • American Dental Association
  • Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
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What is Lip Tie or Tongue Tie?

Does your young child have trouble latching on while nursing?

Does your older child have a large gap between their front teeth or are they having difficulty pronouncing certain words properly?

Your child might be showing the effects of a frenulum that is too thick or too tight.


What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a procedure that is done to reduce your child’s frenulum to eliminate harmful effects on feeding, speech and tooth alignment. Your child will have improved and proper mobility of their lips and tongue.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why laser frenectomies?

Dr. Sarah and her team have extensive training and experience with frenectomies. A special laser is used to perform the quick and simple procedure in our office. Laser treatments are safer, more precise and lowers the risk of infection.

Some dental offices and medical facilities will simply clip the frenulum. While effective, this technique takes longer to heal and can be more traumatizing for the child. The laser is used to remove the frenulum tissue and then sutured. The laser procedure cuts down both the time needed for the actual procedure and the healing time for your child.

Does my child really need a frenectomy?

Several factors are considered before recommending a frenectomy. If a newborn is having difficulty feeding because of tongue tie then a frenectomy is needed right away. The other factor is if the condition is likely to fix itself eventually without surgery. When you visit us for your complimentary consultation, we will provide you with an accurate, honest diagnosis.

Is getting my child a frenectomy worth it?

After a frenectomy is completed, a child can immediately begin nursing and mothers have reported immediate pain relief and improved nursing and infant sleeping.

Children who are 6 years of age are in a rapid orofacial growth and development stage. Increasing the range of motion of the tongue may allow the child to position the tongue normally in the palate when it is not being used. This gentle positioning of the tongue against the palate can help to shape the palate with normal parameters and prevent or reduce the orthodontic difficulties that can result from a narrow dental arch that often results from low tongue posture.

Will I lose anything by bringing my child in for the free consultation?

Of course not. The consultation is completely free of charge. We are limited in how many consultations we can schedule during any given period, so make sure to schedule yours as soon as possible. You’ve got nothing to lose.

Will my insurance cover the frenectomy?

Our talented team will work with you to see if your insurance company will cover your child's frenectomy treatment. If for any reason they are not covered, we will let you know and will work with you to develop a financial plan if needed.

What payment options are available?

Yes, ask our office about financing options or payment plans. CareCredit® offers reasonable interest rates for patients who need to finance their dental care.

Sarah Mathias, DDS, MS

24422 Avenida de La Carlota, Suite 120
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

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