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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Tongue falling asleep

04/08/2009

Question:

Every time I become hungry, my tongue falls asleep. Why does this happen? It really worries me. It only happens when I am hungry.

Answer:

While I have never heard of this happening before, my assumption is that your salivary flow is increased when you are hungry or eating. If you have a blockage in the duct that empties into the mouth, it could be putting pressure on a nerve and makes your tongue tingle. This is something you will want to follow up with your dentist. They may even suggest referral to an oral surgeon or an ENT specialist.

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Response by:

Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University