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Top Questions to Ask When Choosing a Release Provider for your Baby

When you are looking for a dentist to consult with about your baby’s possible tongue or lip tie, what questions should you ask? A referral from a trusted source is always a very good start, but what else besides a recommendation should you take into consideration?

  1. How long have they been doing the procedure? Approximately how many have they done? Tens, hundreds, thousands?
  2. On the phone, am I being pressured to do the procedure the same day?
  3. What does their follow-up look like?
  4. Will they numb my baby?
  5. What type of laser is used?
  6. What do their online reviews say?
  7. Does the provider evaluate tongue, lip and cheek ties?
  8. Are there requirements of feeding evaluation and therapy (i.e. lactation support)?
  9. Do I have to use the practice’s feeding specialist or bodyworker, or can I used my own?
  10. If I don’t know who to see for lactation support, can you give me names of people that are trusted?

Notice that no where on the list is “Do you take my insurance?”. We believe that if you play by the insurance rules, then treatment is often dictated. For instance, some insurances only will cover one release per day. If your baby needs a lip and tongue release, that would involve two visits for releases.  Also, it is not necessary to only consider consulting a pediatric dentist to help you.  Primary care dentists, like Dr. Geisler, often are just as, or even more, experienced in tie releases as specialists.

Let’s answer the ten questions above for Release and Breathe Dentistry.

  1. Dr. Geisler has been doing releases for 7 years. The number of babies helped with a release(s) is over 2500.
  2. We will not pressure you to release on the day of consultation. Some offices offer a discount for doing it the same day, and charge an extra fee if it is done another day. We question whether that is in the babies best interest. If the timing isn’t right or the parents need time to think about their choice, they shouldn’t have to pay more.
  3. We follow-up with an email the day after, and in person somewhere between day 5 and day 7. Quite often there is another follow-up the week after. Sometimes families have several follow-ups in the weeks after the release, and there isn’t a charge.
  4. Yes, we numb babies because we know babies feel pain. There are some providers who do not numb babies.
  5. We use a CO2 laser, called a LightScalpel. It is very widely used and preferred by the leaders of release providers in the US. A diode laser is not what you want used for your child’s release.
  6. Take a look at our reviews on Google
  7. Yes, Dr. Geisler does a thorough exam of all frenums and oral structures. Some dentists only release tongue ties, but rarely a tongue-tie. Other providers may only release lip-ties and not tongue-ties. Other providers do not look at all ties which may inhibit proper oral function.   The science is yet to be done with cheek ties, ask Dr. Geisler about it.
  8. Yes, because we know a procedure by itself won’t solve all the problems.  Parents want the best possible outcome.  If you are not asked if you are seeing a feeding specialist, or bodyworker, beware. Best practices include working with a tie-savvy specialist to help with function (think lactation or feeding) and another for body issues. All leaders in this field agree with this. A release is not magic unfortunately. It takes a team to support your family and retrain oral function before and after releases.
  9. Does the practice have their own feeding specialist and/or body worker? If yes, are you required to work with them in place of your own providers? If yes, are you comfortable with that?  This isn’t a bad thing at all, but most people we help already have been working with a professional they trust for feeding or bodywork.   By requiring care from an in-house team, you are possibly delaying treatment and adding another cook in the kitchen.  
  10. Dedicated tongue-tie dentists have a network of healthcare professionals that they trust for collaborative care. Just ask for names! If you are in Minnesota, we will be happy to provide recommendations.