Q: If a patient has a tongue tie but no speech disorders, no swallowing disorders, no facial asymmetry, the palate is nice and wide etc but has ADHD. What is the likelihood a tongue tie revision will do anything to help the ADHD? (I took classes in ADHD coaching and I’m wondering about the parents that seek out a revision or an airway dentist hoping it will help their child’s ADHD).
A: Unfortunately, parents and others sometimes put two and two together and get 7! While it might or might not be true that sleep deprivation can lead to ADHD, and that in certain cases a “tongue tie” might lead to sleep issues, that doesn’t necessarily equal that tongue tie = ADHD. If there is a definite tongue tie (ankyloglossia), however, I personally like to eliminate that barrier regardless since it is the one item that is indeed obvious from what you said. Then the more complex questions might be more easily answered once the ankyloglossia is no longer a factor.