When I took Sawyer to Dr. Fawn Rosenberg in Lexington, I was more than a little nervous. The small waiting room was crowded with people of various ages, all waiting for the renowned dentists to check on their tongue/lip tie releases.
“I’ll take your insurance- dental and health please,” the friendly, bright-eyed receptionist smiled.
I gulped, pulling the cards out of my bag. (I had done my homework- my dental plan might cover the surgery, but our health insurance wouldn’t touch it. And these visits to the doctor were not going to be cheap.)
“We’ll work it out,” the receptionist smiled, knowingly.
Then, Dr. Rosenberg pulled us back into one of the exam rooms, cooing at Sawyer. Then, she went on to explain the life-long effects of tongue & lip tie, and showed me some examples in her pamphlet, noting that Sawyer’s were more severe than those in the pictures.
“How come they didn’t spot this at the hospital or the pediatrician?” I asked, angrily.
“Well, I’m a dentist! I’m an expert at mouths in a way that others aren’t. They often don’t worry too much about it if they do see it, if the baby is gaining weight, because they don’t understand the full picture,” Dr. Rosenberg explained.
Then, she prepared me for Sawyer’s surgery, explaining that she uses lasers instead of cauterization or cutting, helping to minimize the chances of infection. and politely asked if I’d like to wait outside while the procedure was done.
I jumped at the chance to leave- I was anxiously bracing myself for having to endure the procedure.
When I returned 5 minutes later, Sawyer was a bit puffy-lipped, but wasn’t really fussing. He nursed well, and then the dentist showed me how to stretch hip lip & tongue to prevent the site from re-healing in its original form, and scheduled us for a check-up a week later.
Sawyer’s mouth is getting better, but doing the stretches every 5 hours breaks my heart. Still, I’m glad that we made this choice- he is eating more effectively and has even given us a couple of 5 hour stretches. (He was barely making it to 2 hours before the surgery, so this is huge!) He’s one happy baby.