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Bone growth under tongue .

Posted by Charles on September 10, 1999 at 16:57:09:

I don't know if anyone else has had this problem . I had bony growths under the tongue that are called mandibular tori. Mine were huge, the growth almost met under my tongue , growing from side to side. When I first tried sleep studies I could not sleep. Every time I put the mask on and layed back it was like I was choking. I had the bony growths for as long as I could remember and I'm 52. After many visits with my sleep Dr. and an ENT Dr. every one came to the conclusion that when I would lay back my tongue,being elevated by the mandibular tori, would slip back into my throat causing me to choke. This had never been a huge problem before because I didn't sleep on my back. I went to an oral surgeon who removed the tori. He took the skin loose under my tongue, cut the bone off and ground it smooth then attached the skin back down with stitches between the teeth. Needless to say it was not a pleasant thing. After the surgery my tongue would lay flat in the bottom of my mouth and I could tolerate the machine. I had to start with a Bi-pap but after 7 years I use Cpap now. When I first got the machine it made so much noise that my wife couldn't stand it. She said it sounded like a respirator. I drilled a hole thru the wall the size of the tube and she couldn't hear it anymore. PEACEFUL SLEEP The new machines are so small and quiet now you hardly know they are on. If anyone else has had this problem I would like to know if you don't mind dropping me a note. Sleep well

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