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Diagnosed with sleep apnea. Experiencing sore, swollen papillae under tongue. Difficult to swallow. Recommend orthodontist?

Hello, I am a 54 years old female in good health. I am not a smoker, nor do I drink...however, I have been diagnose with sleep apnea and lately I have been experiencing a sore and feels like a swollen papillae under the right side of my tongue . Sometime it is hard to swallow or chew food. Could this have anything with my heavy snoring or biting my tongue in my sleep? And, would a mouth retainer help me from biting my tongue? Would you recommend a see an Orthodontist?
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
hi and welcome,

After reading your history i would like to add this to your knowledge that Sleep apnea is the sleeping disorder where you may experience pauses during the sleep .
These pauses are short lived for about 5 to 10 secs to sometimes a minute.
If it is a OBSTRUCTIVE sleep apnea you may have mouth breathing and snoring habit which leads to dry mouth or XEROSTOMIA.
Xerostomia or decresed salivary secretion leads to inflammation of oral mucosa causing soreness , swollen papillae and redness .
This can also be related to stress or deficiency of certain vitamins.
i would suggest you to consult a dentist and get the examination done accordingly treatment can be carried out .
yes a orthodontist can help you out with a prosthesis that prevents tongue bite during the sleep.

i hope this helps,

take care.
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response

You are absolutely right.

The swollen papillae may be the result of tongue-thrusting habit practced.

Please do visit an orthodontist and habit breaking appliances will help to reduce the habit.

please do apply any anaesthetic gel on the affected site to reduce pain.FREquent warm saline rinses may help to reduce difficulty in swallowing.
If your upper front teeth are proclined due to prognathic maxilla,this can lead into mouth breathing habit.
Get the malocclusion corrected by orthodontic appliances.


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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
dear friend.
thanks for sharing your problem.

sleep apnea is nothing but duration of sleep is less in this case.
donot worry.

sometimes any kind of stress may cause this,or any pain or discomfort as you have mentioned.

i think after removal of the cause your problem will reduce,if there is no underlying pathology.

you have tongue biting habit during sleep.this is dangerous,definately you should visit your orthodontist for a suitable appliance which would be of fixed type.

stress seems to be causative factor here please try and relax.hope it helps. thanks.
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