Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment and know what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
Prepare a list of questions to help you make the most of your time with the doctor. For tongue-tie, you might ask:
- How severe is the tongue-tie?
- Is treatment needed?
- What are the treatment options?
- Should I consider surgical correction?
- What's involved in surgical correction?
- Is anesthesia necessary?
- Will surgical correction improve my ability to breast-feed?
- What are the risks of surgical correction?
- Can the procedure be done in the office or hospital nursery?
- Do I need to consult an ear, nose and throat doctor or other specialist?
What to expect from your doctor
The doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. For example:
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- If your infant has tongue-tie, are you having trouble breast-feeding him or her?
- If your older child has tongue-tie, is he or she having trouble making certain sounds or taking care of his or her teeth? Is a gap developing between your child's two bottom front teeth?
- If you have tongue-tie, are you concerned about activities you're not able to do because of limited tongue movement?
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- Beatty CW (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. March 11, 2012.