The next step after completing the checklist is to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Mason. While we suggest a morning appointment, a member of the BeanTeam will work with you to find a time that accommodates both you and your baby’s schedule.
During the consultation appointment, Dr. Mason will review the symptoms you selected on your checklist to determine if they are possibly related to a lip or tongue restriction of normal movement. After reviewing these items with you, a gentle “lap to lap” examination of your baby’s mouth will be performed. A “lap to lap” examination is when your baby is partially resting on your lap, facing up and towards you with his or her head resting on Dr. Mason’s lap. During the examination, Dr. Mason will be looking at the elasticity, length, muscle tension and insertion points of frenulums, the range of opening of the mouth, and the ability to flange the top lip. This part of the visit usually takes less than a minute.
Following the examination, Dr. Mason will let you know which (if any) revision(s) are recommended and explain how your babies’ specific findings may be related to any symptoms you and your baby may be experiencing. Dr. Mason will explain the revision procedure and healing process thoroughly with one or both parents. Dr. Mason will also demonstrate post-revision stretches and discuss whether a consultation with a lactation consultant would be beneficial (if you haven’t seen one already).
The typical frenum consultation can take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. If the decision is made to perform the procedure, we will have you sign a consent form and will usually complete the tongue or lip tie revision on the same day as the consultation. In this case, the appointment will generally take about one hour.
If you’re ready to move forward with the procedure, you can access and complete the frenectomy consent form by clicking the button below.