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Tongue on roof of mouth

Postby Boxerdogfan » Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:04 pm

Hi all -

I have noticed that my tongue pushes up to rest on the roof of my mouth when I am relaxed and falling asleep. Should I be worried about this? I have not brought this up to my pulmonologist that treats me for the apnea. My AHI is under 2 and 90% average pressure rating is usually under 11. I have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. Feeling good most of the time but once a week I have to go back to bed for an hour or so in the a.m. to fight off the sleepiness.

- APAP with Aflex Respironics System One
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- Diagnosed Sept 08
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Re: Tongue on roof of mouth

Postby Daniel » Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:34 pm

Boxerdogfan wrote:Hi all -

I have noticed that my tongue pushes up to rest on the roof of my mouth when I am relaxed and falling asleep. Should I be worried about this? I have not brought this up to my pulmonologist that treats me for the apnea. My AHI is under 2 and 90% average pressure rating is usually under 11. I have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. Feeling good most of the time but once a week I have to go back to bed for an hour or so in the a.m. to fight off the sleepiness.

- APAP with Aflex Respironics System One
- Flexfit 431 mask
- Diagnosed Sept 08


I do this all the time.
Before full face masks we had to learn to keep our mouths closed and breathe through our noses.
One of the tips for doing this was to place the tip of the tongue on the roof of the mouth before falling asleep......it seems to work OK. Been doing it for about 17 years now. No side effects.

Don't worry about it.

Daniel.
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Postby Janknitz » Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:52 pm

The roof of the mouth is exactly where the tongue SHOULD be!

With your tongue up there, the oral cavity is somewhat sealed off from the airway, so you don't have a blowfish mouth and it reduces aerophagia. It even allows your lips to unseal without losing air pressure, so you are less likely to mouth breathe if you are in a nasal or nasal pillow mask. That tongue position also opens your airway a little.

Keep it up there--that's where it belongs when you are wearing your CPAP.
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Postby dreamlady » Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:04 pm

I have learned I can even talk a little by keeping the back of my throat more or less closed while I say a few words. Can't say any of the sibilant syllables like "s" or "th" without getting a mouthfull of air, though!
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Postby SleepyToo » Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:43 pm

I recently discovered that after a year of trying I can keep my tongue on the roof of my mouth - but only if I wear a chin strap. No apparent need to glue the lips closed with denture adhesive or use tape (hard with a beard!), but I need to continue using the strap. It's great when you discover you can do it - makes preparation to sleep one step easier! Of course, with a full face mask you wouldn't have to bother with any of that, but it would bring its own set of problems!

Oh, and better to have your tongue on the roof of your mouth than planted in your cheek!
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Postby Janknitz » Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:04 pm

There are dental advantages to keeping the tongue on the roof of your mouth too.

If you let your tongue rest on the floor of your mouth, saliva pools behind your bottom teeth and you have more tartar buildup there. It can also cause your tongue to move your bottom teeth around over time. Dentists want you to have the tongue up on the roof of the mouth while sleeping.
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