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dental torus and sleep apnea

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dental torus and sleep apnea

Postby cbpug » Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:25 am

:?: After being married for over 35 years, I think I figured out my husband has sleep apnea. He sometimes sleeps quietly; followed by an enormous snort/gasp of air, then the snoring becomes unbearable. He sleeps 10 hours a day, but always needs "5 more minutes", and seems tired when awake.

Recently, he discovered bone chips rising from the torus in his mouth. (unexplained but not at all uncommon lumps of bone growth in the mouth.) The tori are on the bottom of his mouth, and nearly level to the base of his teeth.

I'm wondering since his tongue is always elevated, could this be causing his distressed sleep, rather than sleep apnea -- could surgery to remove tori correct sleeping problem? (By the way, he claims he is awake and not snoring, when in fact he is.)

Postby Ridge Runner » Fri Nov 10, 2006 5:54 pm

Dear CBPug,

Hmm, interesting ... I have a torus palatinus, too.

I don't know whether there's a connection, but it's a good question.

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Links between dental torus and sleep apnea

Postby Bearded One » Sun Nov 12, 2006 3:12 pm


http://www.anesthesia-analgesia.org/cgi ... l/90/3/757


Large tori can infringe on tongue space, which could impact breathing by forcing the tongue back into the throat. This distalization of the tongue into the throat could then infringe on airway space.


Torus mandibularis may be not only annoying to the patient in interfering with removable prostheses but can also cause obstructive sleep apnea. Saffran AJ, Clark RF. Torus mandibularis: an unusual cause of obstructive sleep apnea. Ear Nose Throat J. 2004;83(5): 324.
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