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How do I Stop Drooling During Sleep?

June 20, 2018

Passed out man drooling in bedNighttime drooling is a common occurrence for most people who experience a few nights of drooling from time to time. However, some patients experience excessive drooling on a regular basis during sleep. If you’re drooling excessively at night, there may be some simple steps you can take to reduce saliva production and help you sleep soundly and keep your pillowcases dry! In this post, we’ll explore some of the many ways you can address overproduction of saliva. If you need help, contact your preventive dentistry office or visit a medical professional to find out more.

Methods to Try At-Home

The treatments used to improve drooling will depend largely on the cause. If you’re struggling with a serious medical or neurological disorder, you should seek professional treatment right away. If your excessive drooling is caused by allergies, taking over the counter allergy medications each day and using decongestant nasal spray before bed may be effective in reducing nighttime drooling. For some patients, a change in sleeping position reduces saliva production. Specifically, sleeping on the back instead of the stomach or side will usually reduce drooling. Patients who have overproductive salivary glands may benefit from treatment using medications or Botox Therapeutic injections to reduce saliva production. For some patients, improper tongue position keeps the mouth open and leads to drooling. These patients may benefit from treatment with oral appliances.

When to See a Doctor

If you’re drooling excessively at night and during the day, you may want to schedule an appointment with a dentist or a medical professional. You may be suffering from more serious oral or whole body health issues that require intervention right away. If your excessive drooling is interfering with your day to life in any way, you should discuss possible treatments with your dentist or physician.

Meet the Drs. Scannell & Hollinger, Inc. Team

At the East Longmeadow dentistry office of Drs. Scannell & Hollinger, Inc., we offer a wide range of treatment options to help patients lead healthy, happy lives. If you’re struggling with excessive drooling, let us know. We’ll examine your smile, discuss potential underlying causes, and help you create a plan to reduce saliva production and sleep soundly through the night. If you have questions about any of our available dentistry services, contact our dedicated dentist and dental team. We look forward to helping you with your dentistry needs in our state-of-the-art East Longmeadow dental practice.

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