July 19, 2018
Have you been waking up with a wet cheek and soggy pillow? While this habit may seem a little embarrassing and kind of gross, did you know that drooling at night while you sleep is actually very common? Your dentist in Albuquerque explains why we drool at night and what you can do to prevent it. Here’s what you should know about waking up with a good night’s rest and a dry pillow.
Why You Might be Drooling During Sleep
The best way to figure out how to stop drooling during sleep is to determine what is causing you to drool. Some common causes are:
- Sleeping position
- Allergies or sinus problems
- Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or Cerebral Palsy
- Traumatic brain injuries
- A history of strokes
How can I Stop Drooling?
For some patients, eliminating drooling may only require a simple solution.
Patients who are drooling because of sleeping position can try sleeping on their backs. Wedge pillows can help you find a comfortable position and maintain it throughout the night.
Those who suffer from allergies or sinus problems may find relief from allergy medications, antibiotics for sinus infections, or even a humidifier in their room at night.
If a neurological disorder is the cause of your drooling, some solutions may be:
- Medication – consult with your doctor before starting medication as there may be side effects
- Botox – injections into the salivary glands will paralyze them and prevent them from functioning
- An oral appliance – a customized oral appliance can help to reposition the jaw and tongue slightly during sleep, which helps your mouth stay closed and stops drooling
- Surgery – this is typically a last resort
Consult Your Dentist
If drooling is a persistent problem for you, your family dentist in Albuquerque can often offer solutions. Working together to Determine the root cause of the problem is the best way to figure out a solution, so be sure to communicate clearly with your dentist so they can make the right recommendations for your unique needs.
Contact your dentist today to learn more about your options.
About the Author
Dr. Monica Boehmer and her team go above and beyond every day to offer their patients truly personalized and exceptional dental care. With state-of-the-art technology such as same-day crowns and sedation dentistry, Dr. Boehmer strives to offer her patients a more comfortable and efficient experience. Because she offers dentistry combined with whole wellness solutions, she is able to help her patients manage conditions such as chronic drooling at night.
If you have questions about your oral health, or you would like to contact Dr. Boehmer, she can be reached by calling 505-271-8009 or through her website.
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