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Why do I bite my tongue while sleeping?

Why do I bite my tongue while sleeping?

See sleep specialist: You are biting your tongue while sleeping because you might be having sleep disorders. You might also be experiencing nocturnal seizures, rhythmic movement disorder of sleep and bruxism (clenching). Rec.: seek medical attention with orofacial pain or sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Why i accidentally bite my tongue while sleeping?

Why i accidentally bite my tongue while sleeping?

You Said It Yourself: You said it yourself...."accidentally." who knows why any accident occurs. However, if your tongue biting is a regular occurrence (not accidental, but habitual), then you should see your dentist. This is an indication of a night-time habit which dentists call "parafunction." you can usually get help for this kind of situation quite easily. So, pay attention, and see if it happens again. ...Read more

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I tend to bite my tongue while sleeping. What can I do about this?

Tongue: Many possibilities. Your jaw joints may not be in the right place (dislocated), or your body is trying to get more airway space during sleep, or you may have some psychological issues leading to a certain habit, or neurological disorder--purely from medical issues or drug use--legal or not. I would see a dentist/surgeon who is trained to run a diagnostic work-up, ; see an md to get referrals. ...Read more

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I bite my tongue during sleep it is so painful I can't even let go,it takes about 30min to ease off the grip,pain never wakes me though. Phycological?

I bite my tongue during sleep it is so painful I can't even let go,it takes about 30min to ease off the grip,pain never wakes me though. Phycological?

It's hard to blame: a psychological problem during sleep unless you are very tense & anxious most of the time. You should see a dental or ENT professional. Tooth grinding, spasm of the tempo-mandibular joint muscles or other disorders may be causing this. The treatment may be out there & I encourage you to seek it. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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I am going to be getting a sharp pain on my tongue while sleeping. Mostly in the morning. Please help me out?

I am going to be getting a sharp pain on my tongue while sleeping. Mostly in the morning. Please help me out?

Could be..: It could be a number of different things including a nerve disorder or a tumor. I would suggest seeing an oral surgeon or ENT physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How do I stop myself from twitching and biting tongue during sleep?

How do I stop myself from twitching and biting tongue during sleep?

During sleep: See a physician about the twitching and a dentist to see if there are any dental findings that would contribute to this occurrence. ...Read more

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How can I stop myself from twitching and biting tongue during sleep?

How can I stop myself from twitching and biting tongue during sleep?

Nightguard: You should see your dentist and be evaluated for a night guard/need of orthodontic referral. Let us know what they say. ...Read more

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Seems like I bit the side of tongue while sleeping.Pretty red little swollen.What to do and avoid to make it heal better?

Seems like I bit the side of tongue  while sleeping.Pretty red little swollen.What to do and avoid to make it heal better?

Perhaps not much: I would advise to be careful and be aware of any worsening symptoms. If there is a small sore/opening of the tongue, you may gargle and spit a diluted hydrogen peroxide solution (1 part hydrogen peroxide, 10 parts water) to east the pain. Good luck and happy healing. ...Read more

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Bit tongue while sleeping. Was red and then slowly turned kinda white and now off yellow. Third day since bite. Right near teeth. Any concerns?

Bit tongue while sleeping. Was red and then slowly turned kinda white and now off yellow. Third day since bite. Right near teeth. Any concerns?

Quite common: In most cases, a tongue bite cures within a week or two on its own. The tongue biting during sleep has been reported as a common symptom in association with night bruxism. The custom night guard can be designed and fabricated by your dentist to prevent jaw closings during sleep, therefore preventing tongue injury. ...Read more

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