How Can I Treat Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)?
While there are many different causes of dry mouth, there are remarkably few real treatments. If your condition is brought on by pharmaceutical drugs, your physician may be able to adjust your prescription to provide relief. If the way you sleep is causing dry mouth, you can take steps to improve your sleeping habits.
But if you are like millions of Xerostomia patients, treating dry mouth isn’t that simple…
There are many ways to find temporary relief, including sipping water regularly, chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candy. Avoiding caffeine, alcohol and tobacco products is a very good idea.
As previously mentioned, taking measures to avoid drying out oral tissues while sleeping, due to snoring or breathing through your mouth, can reduce the severity of your dry mouth symptoms. Humidifiers can also provide added protection while you sleep.
Some healthcare professionals may recommend over-the-counter saliva substitutes or prescription drugs that stimulate saliva generation.
Unfortunately, the side effects of Xerostomia drugs are often more unpleasant than dry mouth symptoms.
Nasty side effects like nausea, headaches, watering eyes, diarrhea and pain around the eyes are forcing the medical community to reevaluate the widespread use of drugs like pilocarpine and cevimeline where other options are feasible.
Read about a study of the effects of pilocarpine and cevimeline on Xerostomia patients