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Dazzaschofield +0 points · about 1 month ago Original Poster

Hi guys,

I've been diagnosed with SA for a few months and am currently using a cpap to try and treat.

Over the last few months I seem to feel I have a problem with my tounge. It feels too large in my mouth, I have constant scalloped edges and often trip up over my tounge when speaking.

It's not distinct enough for others to notice a problem but it's becoming rather annoying.

I did read that snoring due to SA can damage nerves in your mouth. Anyone else have these issues?

Thanks in advance 👍

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Sierra +0 points · about 1 month ago Sleep Innovater

I doubt that the tongue issue is caused by the apnea, but it could be the other way around. The tongue issue may cause the sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is most often caused by a tongue that falls back and obstructs the air flow when you are sleeping.

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singingkeys +0 points · about 1 month ago Sleep Commentator

I have had scalloped tongue for most of my life. The visible edges all the way around from front to back and such. You probably have a larger tongue and/or a smaller jaw frame, like me. My sleep doctor told me that scalloped tongue was a classic sign of sleep apnea, but it seems like many aren't sure nowadays. Lots of causes for it, including health issues.

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SleepDent +0 points · about 1 month ago Sleep Commentator

Actually, the scalloped tongue is a classic sign of sleep bruxing(tooth grinding and clenching), not sleep apnea. However, there is a relationship between the two. Sleep bruxing is commonly associated with sleep apnea, so when you find the scalloped tongue, it does make sense to think possible OSA. Arthur B. Luisi, Jr., D.M.D., The Naples Center For Dental Sleep Medicine.

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