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What Causes Dry Mouth at Night?

June 1, 2021
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Posted By: Helma Philips, DDS Staff
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Is waking up in the middle of the night with a dry, uncomfortable mouth becoming a regular occurrence in your routine? Do you find yourself left with a sore throat, bad breath, and difficulty swallowing when you first get up in the morning? 

While frequent dry mouth may seem like a minor annoyance you only need to deal with when it flares up, there may be a medical reason for your symptoms—and a way to make them better.

Nighttime Dry Mouth in Midtown NYC

Because there isn’t just one cause of dry mouth or one foolproof way to eliminate the problem, the first step to treating your dry mouth is to take a look at your lifestyle and any potential factors that could be contributing. 

The most common reasons for dry mouth include:

  • Prescription medications, particularly those used to treat anxiety, depression, allergies, and irregular blood pressure
  • Nasal obstructions during sleep or a tendency to breathe through the mouth during sleep
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Chemotherapy and radiation
  • Snoring
  • Autoimmune diseases 
  • Age (dry mouth is more common in aging seniors)
  • Diabetes 

If, after examining possible medical causes, you and your Midtown NYC dentist determine the cause of your nighttime dry mouth, there are steps you can take to reduce your symptoms and improve saliva production within your mouth. Even if you cannot pinpoint the exact reason for your dry mouth at night, you can still try some home remedies for dry mouth that may improve your condition. 

Dry Mouth Treatments 

The following are simple, inexpensive ways you can reduce dry mouth symptoms:

  • Drink plenty of water during the day and in the hours leading up to bedtime
  • Chew sugar-free gum
  • Replace mouthwashes that contain alcohol with alcohol-free versions
  • Talk to your doctor about any prescription medications you’re taking and, if appropriate, try switching to a different brand with fewer dry-mouth side effects
  • Avoid tobacco products of all kind
  • Limit your caffeine intake, especially before bed
  • Avoid or limit dry, rough foods in your diet that can irritate your soft tissue 

If you need additional, professional treatment for your dry mouth symptoms, Dr. Helma Philips can meet with you to help you find the relief you need. Please call our dental office at (212) 644-0004 to schedule your appointment!

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