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Biting Tongue In Sleep Causes
What causes biting tongue in sleep. I wake up with bite marks on both sides of tongue. How can I prevent this? I am sleeping/unaware when I do this.
Seizure?: Without actually examining your tongue it is difficult to say exactly the source but the most worrisome cause would be potential nocturnal seizures. The least worrisome would be scalloping of the sides of the tongue where it appears there are indentations of the back sides of the teeth indicating a large tongue. ...Read more
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Many reasons: Have your dentist look at your bite. Did you have some new crowns/fillings done, new denture or a set of teeth, do you have an enlarged tongue? An enlarged tongue could be due some diseases like amyloidosis or sleep apnea. Is there a lesion or mass in the tongue. Sometimes a mouth splint can help. ...Read more
Pain in side of tongue only when asleep. Nerve pain/ stabbing pain awakens me. Near sore that has no pain. Not from biting - nerve explosion - cause?
Get a Diagnosis: You need to see a dentist for diagnosis and referral. This could be serious. A painless sore with shooting pain could be an abscessed tooth with infection spreading to the tongue and if untreated to your neck or brain. It could be a tumor, possibly cancer. No one can tell without examining you so see a dentist today. ...Read more
See your dentist.: A nightguard or adjusting your bite may help. ...Read more
I am biting my tongue in my sleep. I wear a mouthguard but hasn't helped lately. What should I do?
Modify: You mouthguard may need reshaping.Get a more detailed answer ›
Why do I bite when my tongue when I'm sleeping? Sometimes I wake up from the pain and I don't realize until the morning I was biting my tongue.
Check with dentist: Tongue, cheek biting indicates problems of occlusion, the way teeth fit together during function such as eating and swallowing. It is the swallowing where teeth of opposing arch occluded against each other and where tongue and cheek biting may occur. Treatment included occlusal adjustment (selective grinding) and/or biteguard (in extreme case). ...Read more
Ask your dentist: If a bite guard might help you. ...Read more
If there is a change in the moisture in the mouth the cheek can stick to the teeth and be pulled into the chewing surfaces. Also have you been evaluated for sleep apnea or night time grinding of your teeth (bruxism).
You may be sucking the cheek (s) into the teeth at night or grinding side to side and catching the cheek between your teeth.
Avoid alcohol containing mouth rinses before bed. ...Read more
I have just been diagnosed with sleep apnea but recently, I woke up to the pain of me biting my tongue. Its never happened before. What should I do?
Mouth breathing: It is not uncommon with osa that an individual may have nasal airway insufficiency and thus breathe primary through their mouth. This dysfunctional breathing pattern may lead to an enlarged tongue and at night during sleep, nocturnal bruxism continues except rather grinding and clenching on the teeth, the enlarged tongue takes the brunt of the damage. ...Read more
I have a small lump in the inside of my tongue that I can feel but not see. I was wondering if this is from biting it in my sleep or something else?
Can biting one side of your tongue when you sleep, to the point where it starts bleeding, be a sign of having had a seizure?
Evalutation needed: You could have sleep bruxism which is a sleep disorder. I would suggest a sleep study at a sleep lab. They can confirm or rule out sleep bruxism or other sleep disorders. ...Read more
Pea sized bump on side of tongue that's visible with red dot in center. Remember biting side of tongue extremely hard in sleep a few days ago and went to dentist not long after for a check and said all looked fine but still a little concerned.?
See below: Possible traumatic injury, should dissipate shortly, if still concerned, seek another opinion. ...Read more
3 days ago I bit my tongue in my sleep. There's a painful lump in my tongue or its swollen not sure Side of tongue feels numb and my tongue looked like I drank red coolaid the next day. Any explaination? Could be from something other than biting it
Biting tongue: Most likely you just have some bruising and swelling from accidental bite. Wait it our over the next few days to see if it subsides or see a local dentist to have it evaluated. ...Read more
In my sleep I ended up biting the inside of my mouth and my tounge (pretty bad) Why? And can I do anything to heal and soothe my mouth and tounge
Oral trauma: As a Family Doc, I look for common things & dangerous things (not always same). So common reason to bite yourself while asleep is (bad) dreams etc. But dangerous reason is seizure, especially if accompanied by incontinence (loss of bowel or bladder control). In States, you can purchase w/o prescription numbing agents to relieve gum pain but I can't speak to what's available in UK. Please see ur GP ...Read more
How can buxim (teeth grinding, biting, & clenching) at night be helped without the use of a mouth guard? (sensory issues... Guard would prevent sleep)
Possibly: There are a number of possible causes for bruxism as well as different modalities of treatment that may or may not involve a mouth guard. You need to have a thorough dental exam with the appropriate studies to determine possible causes of your bruxism. If you do require an appliance there are different types of appliances that can be utilized that may allow you to sleep comfortably. ...Read more
I have been biting down on my tongue until its numb. Will this cause permanent damage? It can be numb and red for days after?
I keep waking after biting my tongue. I'm in a dreamlike state and quickly snap my jaw closed. The last 2 times really injured tongue. Causes?
Get to a Dr.: You may be having seizures with the tongue biting and dream like state. ...Read more
Sure: If you are biting your cheeks at night, then your jaw is moving while not aligned properly. This can easily cause next day headaches. Ask your dentist about an oral appliance to address the problem. ...Read more
Everytime I take Ultracet, (tramdol and acetaminophen) I wake up several times during the night biting my tongue. What could cause this?
Dry mouth: One primary consideration is that Tramadol, one of the medications in Ultracet, (tramdol and acetaminophen) causes dry mouth as a side effect. Biting your tongue may be a unconscious response trying to produce more saliva. Other is that it can make you "jittery" and lead to teeth grinding which could then cause a tongue biting issue too. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Depends: Sometimes it can be medication side effects and sometimes it can be benign tremors (shaking) and sometimes we do not know. ...Read more
Is it true biting your cheeks cause mouth cancer? I do it on accident couple times when chewing gums because of my. Back molars
No.: Mouth cancer is caused most by alcohol and tobacco use, including smoking and chewing/smokeless tobacco. This usually presents by 50 years of age, and in the form of non-healing ulcers that can be painful. Teenagers might get it if they are particularly susceptable and do a lot of smoking, drinking alcohol, and chewing tobacco. Biting your cheeks should be discouraged, but it does not do this. ...Read more
I've been waking up with a sore lower and upper lip only to discover that I have vertical slices on them from biting while asleep, what causes this?
I've a habit of biting inside of my mouth near my lower lip I always get sores that bleed and turn white it causes pain in my jaw bone area on one side?
Oral habits: We can't control patient habits such as nail biting, cheek biting, or other destructive habits. Only you can control the habits and feel better. Being aware of the habit as you are is the first step. The next step involves determination and will on your part. Try replacing this habit with other thoughts or actions which are constructive instead of destructive. Get help if needed from family or MD ...Read more
Wondering if Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) can cause extreme mouth pain and sores? Possibly due to cheek biting/grinding teeth?
Possible: Especially if dose is too high. Discuss with your prescriber. ...Read more