Texas 6-year-old Mason Motz who was first thought to be nonverbal because of his rare genetic condition known as Sotos syndrome can now speak after his dentist found out that the boy was biologically tongue-tied.
Mason's mother Meredith Motz told Inside Edition, “Since birth, he’s had delays and issues. He’s been in speech therapy since he was a little over 1 year old." She also added, “Sleeping was always stressful. He would stop breathing. He had trouble eating and swallowing; every single meal we would have to remove something that was choking him. He didn’t get the nutrition he needed. His teeth started having problems.”
After about five years, it was then discovered by a dentist from Kidstown Dental in Katy, Texas that Mason was tongue-tied.
“We did detect a tongue-tie,” Dr. Luedemann-Lazar told the news outlet. “Mason was not nonverbal; he was just unable to speak. He had been in speech therapy for years and no one had ever checked under his tongue.”
A tongue-tie is officially known as ankyloglossia, which is a disorder present at birth when the tissue connecting the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth restricts the motion of the tongue.
“When you’re developing (in utero), your tongue is part of the floor of your mouth,” Dr. Luedemann-Lazar said. “A tongue-tie is an incomplete separation.”
After Dr. Luedemann-Lazar performed a 30-second laser treatment to cut the tissue present under Mason's tongue, the effects were life-changing.
“Within 12 hours, he started saying I’m hungry. I’m thirsty. Can we watch a movie?” his mother said. “We’re sitting here thinking, ‘Did he just say that?’’ Motz told The New York Times. “It sounded like words.”
Meredith Motz also added that other issues started going away after the life-changing procedure.
“It’s like night and day. He doesn’t have choking episodes anymore; he’s eating different types of food,” Motz said. “He’s behaving much better at school. His behavior was a problem because he was getting poor quality sleep at night, he was constantly tired and was not able to express himself. He doesn’t snore anymore. He doesn’t have sleep apnea anymore.”