I must have had a pretty bad reaction to the anesthesia because the pain was literally insufferable! I had dreaded this moment ever since I made the decision to have our tongue ties revisited. Unfortunately, my educated guess was correct. Both my daughters and I had a ankyloglossia. Frenectomy was needed. 😬
Jade and I were both really scared but we knew we had to do it. After just having experienced the four hour drive to the clinic we weren’t really keen on a repeat. So we mustered up all our courage and decided Jade would go first.
A quick swab with anesthetic spray and 10 seconds of smelling burned hair later and Jade was ready to get herself an ice cream.
After a quick run to the corner store we returned and I had local anesthesia. Spray is apparently not enough for adults, although when I had my tongue pierced at 17 spray is all that was used and I didn’t feel a thing. 🤔
Having the needle pushed into my – I suspect salivary glands? – was somewhat painful but very soon after my tongue went completely numb. Little did I know about the horrendous pain that would come later…
June’s frenum got sutured first and after comforting her I left both girls happily playing in the waiting room. It was my turn to go now.
The procedure had only felt like a short, sharp stinging pain to them, clearly somewhat diminished by the local swabbing with anesthetic. As for me, I didn’t feel a thing. And until some time after we left the clinic the only discomfort I felt was having a numb tongue. Who knew walking around with a lasered frenum wouldn’t be the most painful part of my day ? 😖
Assuming you know all about the adverse effects of lip and tongue ties in babies, you must be wondering : who would be so crazy to undergo such a procedure as an adult? Why would one do it? Well, untreated lip and tongue ties can lead to a series of long term health issues well into adulthood, some of which I am experiencing today. Overbite, allergies, postural issues, teeth misalignment, speech impediments.. these conditions and more could easily be avoided or, at a more advanced age, improved with one simple snip. Why not give it a try than, right?
I must say, all in all, everything went better than I expected for all three of us. Except for the unimaginable pain and discomfort I am now experiencing in the bottom left half of my face. 😐