Prof. Dr. Vedat Göral made important statements by stating that drooling, especially while sleeping at night, could be the harbinger of many diseases.
Prof. Dr. Göral said, “In some people, water in the mouth during night sleep can occur due to effects such as wrong sleeping position, reflux disease, some dental problems, after head trauma, teething period, side effects of some drugs, nervous system disorders, problems in oral anatomy and intestinal parasites. can come.
The sleeping position usually causes saliva to accumulate in the mouth. People who sleep on their side or face down are more likely to drool while sleeping. “Especially if you tend to breathe through your mouth or if there is a blockage in your sinus tracts, the accumulated saliva may start to come out when the mouth is opened to breathe.”
Noting that allergy, esophageal cancer and Parkinson’s disease also cause drooling. Dr. Göral continued as follows:
“Neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy and esophagus cancers can cause drooling. Antipsychotic medicines and medicines used to treat Parkinson’s disease can also cause drooling. Mouth drooling may develop in allergic conditions and sleep apnea. “
Prof. Dr. Göral listed the things that can be done for treatment as follows:
“First of all, the sleeping position should be changed. If the supine position is preferred, saliva does not flow into the mouth and pillow. It is important to maintain a healthy balance of saliva in your mouth. Saliva plays a vital role in protecting our body from infection, according to the American Dental Association. Botox can also be applied to the salivary glands in cases with excessive saliva secretion.
Some devices placed in the mouth allow us to sleep more comfortably at night and reduce drooling and snoring. Those with sleep apnea should use CPAP. If parasites are detected, parasite medications can be used. One of the reasons for saliva flowing from the mouth is a congested nose, which causes the person to breathe from the mouth and consequently saliva flows. By cleaning the nose and sinus canals in the Ear, Nose and Throat section, the person breathes more easily and does not wet the pillow as he will not open his mouth during night sleep. If there is stress and distress, psychological support should be obtained. If drooling is due to the side effects of the drugs, those drugs should be changed. “