Tongue-ties and lip-ties can be tricky to diagnose properly, and training in this area is lacking among healthcare professionals. The subject is not taught in dental or medical schools, or even in residency programs. A provider must seek out additional training and continuing education to be up on the latest trends and diagnostic factors. Dr. Baxter attends and lectures at several tongue-tie related conferences every year, and is up to date on the latest tongue-tie information. We are happy to evaluate your child and give you our recommendation if any treatment should be necessary. We have had many parents come from other providers who have said there is no tongue-tie but the mother thought there was an issue, and sure enough after we evaluated and treated the child the issues resolved. Unfortunately, this scenario happens weekly in our office, so Dr. Baxter is working on several projects to help educate not only providers but parents as well.
Often a scissors “clip” or “snip” leaves a thick band of tissue, and symptoms can return. With a full CO2 laser release, we’ll make sure it’s done properly, and give you the right exercises afterward so it doesn’t grow back together.
Our Commitment To You
What makes us unique?
Dr. Baxter is a nationally recognized speaker and author of a bestselling book on tongue-ties. We are proud to serve families from all over the Southeast. More importantly, he is very passionate about ensuring we provide a thorough evaluation and achieve a proper diagnosis before performing any treatment. We ensure that families are cared for like our own family members. We strive to provide excellent customer service and help families achieve their breastfeeding, speech, solid feeding, and other goals. We want you to feel confident in choosing us for your child’s care, and we want to make sure you have the best experience possible.
- Compassionate Care
- Thorough Evaluation and Procedure Done Properly
- Team Approach
What To Do Before Your Appointment
- Call to schedule an appointment and ask any questions regarding the visit.
- Complete New Patient Paperwork: Infant Forms for 12mo and Under & Child Forms for 13mo and Older (You can also fill them out at our office.)
- Please Arrive on Time. We require a $50 deposit for new patient consultations that goes toward the consultation fee to reserve your time with Dr. Baxter. Any cancellations with less than 48hrs notice will forfeit the deposit as we could have given that appointment time to another patient.
Please Watch This Video For Children Older than 12mo Before Your Visit.
Please Watch This Video for Babies 12mo and Younger Before Your Visit.
Video Resources From Dr. Baxter
Dr. Baxter’s video on aftercare stretching exercises for babies after their tongue or lip-tie release.
Video testimonials of parents who saw great improvements with their children in speech…
Our technique for infants that is quick with minimal to no bleeding, and highly effective.
Our technique for children that is quick with minimal to no bleeding, no sedation or general anesthesia…
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S)
We utilize a questionnaire aimed at discovering a child’s symptoms that could be related to a tongue-tie. We then take a history from the parent and discuss any functional issues with the parent. We perform a full evaluation on the child to determine the degree of restriction. We also take photos inside the mouth with our special camera to make sure we can visualize the unique structure of the tongue or lip-tie.
That is an important concern for all of our families. At our office, we work to provide the highest level of care and concern for our patients. What we have experienced in the past is that many dental insurance companies will deny the procedure and say it is medical since it is a congenital condition. Many medical/health insurance plans cover the procedure and exam, and we will provide you with a health insurance claim form that you can submit to receive reimbursement. We do not file the insurance on behalf of the patient. Simply filing a claim is not a guarantee that insurance plans will cover the procedure. Patients will pay out of pocket before treatment is completed, and you will be informed of any charges before they are due. We are considered out of network with health insurance companies since we do not have any contracts with them. We do not file dental insurance for this procedure at the request of the insurance companies. Please feel free to ask our team if you have any questions and for the current investment for this procedure and consultation.
Our payment options include cash, credit card, and CareCredit which offers 6mo no-interest financing. Payment in full is due at the time the exam or procedures are performed. The procedure truly is an investment in your child’s current and future health, as we see issues with breast or bottle-feeding, speaking, solid feeding, and even sleep resolve after the procedure. If the child needs any buccal cheek ties released, we do not charge an additional fee for these areas in the cheek. We also do not charge for any follow-up visits or if the procedures need to be repeated for any reason in the first year. We will provide you with a health insurance form to submit to your carrier to try to receive any reimbursement, but please know that coverage is different for every health plan, and should not be assumed. We are considered out of network with all health plans. We charge a $50 deposit for all consultations that goes toward the consultation fee of $125. This deposit is non-refundable if the parent cancels the appointment with less than 24hrs notice, or does not show up for the appointment.