Snoring may be the number one reason you wake up with a dry mouth. When you fall asleep, your mouth stops producing saliva.
Snoring causes you to open your mouth for several minutes to hours at a time. The prolonged exposure to moving air dries out the moisture in your mouth.
The experience is often uncomfortable to wake up to and annoying to have to get up and fix. If this describes you, consider keeping a water bottle with an easy-to-open cap by your bedside to moisten your mouth quickly so you can go back to enjoying your rest.
If you don’t snore and you are a female past menopause, then the reason your mouth is dry could have something to do with Sjgren syndrome. Pronounced sho-grinz, this syndrome is a systematic autoimmune disease that stops your mouth from producing saliva.
An autoimmune disease is when your immune system turns on the body. It can restrict certain parts of your body from functioning properly, i.e. the thyroids, or basement membranes in the long and kidney.
Sjgren syndrome specifically attacks the exocrine glands. These are the glands that produce tears in your eyes and saliva in the mouth.
After enough persistent effort, your immune system does what it does best, destroy the perceived threat. This autoimmune disease could be the reason your mouth is so dry all the time.
You may also notice dry eyes and rheumatoid arthritis as symptoms of this syndrome. If you have these symptoms you should visit a doctor for a few tests.
Blood and Schirmer’s tests can help a doctor diagnose the condition. It occurs nine times out of ten in women and it usually takes place after menopause.
There is no known cure for Sjgren syndrome yet, but there are varying treatments to help replace or stimulate moisture. Your doctor will be able to help you find temporary solutions for your discomfort.
Sleep apnea is another possibility. For those that don’t know, sleep apnea can be one of three things.
In its milder forms, it is a condition where your throat passage relaxes to the point that air cannot pass between your lungs and your mouth. In its next form, central sleep apnea, the brain sends the wrong signals from the brain to the breathing apparatus.
Breathing becomes strained and difficult. The final type is called complex sleep apnea which is a combination of the two.
Those with sleep apnea wake up often to regulate their breathing again. The process is often uncomfortable and bothersome.
These are diagnosable by a physician and treatments are available to ease the process. One of the symptoms is dry mouth.
There are a number of reasons you could be experiencing dry mouth. If you are worried that it might be a sign of one of these other problems, visit a doctor immediately to obtain a diagnosis.
Dr. John Barron is a dentist in Santa Cruz. These are some of the questions people normally come to their dentist for answers.
This is one problem that is better taken up with a physician. A dentist in Santa Cruz won’t be able to do much for you other than give you a referral.