Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
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:
- 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.