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How To Protect Yourself From Drooling

Introduction

During sleep you don’t swallow so often this may cause saliva to build up in your mouth and sometimes the saliva will flow onto your pillow. This is known as Sialorrhoea and it often happens at night. During sleep we don’t swallow so often. Drooling can be uncomfortable and it can also be embarrassing when it happens in public or at sleepovers. Drooling in your sleep can be avoided by keeping a few things in mind.

History

First of all you should check a doctor to see if your drooling problem is a medical condition or not. If it is a medical condition the doctor will help you. Children drool because they don’t swallow as often as they should have, this happens because often times they don’t know when they are suppose to swallow. If your child has problems with swallowing you better take him to a behavior specialist or a speech therapist. You can buy some tablets that will reduce salivation they are called Atropine. Drooling can be reduced by Botox injections, but this is not recommended for children. If your drooling problem is that big there are some surgical procedures that will fix your problem. You can reduce the quantity of saliva that is produces by surgery but this should be the last option available.

Features

If your drooling issue only appears during sleep you can always try to sleep on your back. Sleeping on your back will keep the saliva from falling onto your pillow. If you have any nasal obstructions or allergies that might keep you with your mouth open during sleep you might have a respiratory disorder. Some medicines might cause drooling, talk with your doctor about what medicines you are taking and if they cause excessive saliva.

Another cause for excessive drooling might be dental infections. Any type of tooth or gum infection might trigger an increase in saliva production. If you think your choking in your sleep and you often gasp for air then you might have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea means you don’t have a steady air flow while sleeping.

Most people that experience excessive drooling during sleep have the tendency to breathe through their mouths. When unconscious our control over the body is diminished so we might not know that we are breathing through our mouths. If we sleep with our mouth open saliva will obey the rules of physics and will flow out of your mouth straight to your pillow.

If you are not used to sleeping on your back you should try at least at the beginning of night to sleep on your back. The body takes time to adjust so if you wake up in the middle of the night sleeping on your side try to immediately adjust and sleep on your back.

Tips and comments

Drooling is common for infants and small children but this is a sign of teething and it’s not a disease but be aware of other conditions that can be associated with droolingSleeping on your back will solve the problem.

By Stanculescu Mihai Bogdan, published at 01/18/2012
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