Why Do We Drool During Sleep and Naps?

Drooling is typical in babies and toddlers. This is because they can’t control their muscles and saliva makes food softer while making swallowing easier. If you’re an adult who drools during sleep and naps, rest assured you’re not alone. While it’s rarely discussed, drooling among adults is quite common, especially while they’re getting some shut-eye.

What Causes Drooling?

You may be surprised to learn that you actually produce far less drool when you’re sleeping than when you’re awake. Your muscles relax while you’re asleep. Also, if you sleep on your back, saliva hangs out in the back of your throat and comes out. If you sleep on your stomach or side, the drool slips through your lips.

In some cases, drooling may not be the result of sleep. There are some medical conditions and lifestyle habits that may lead to drool. If you have a neurological disorder or take certain medications, for example, you may drool.

Drooling Treatment

Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments for drooling. The cause of your drooling will dictate the ideal option, making it imperative to visit a dentist or doctor to find out what it is. Once you meet with them, they’ll likely ask you whether you have any medical conditions or allergies. They may also ask if you’re a mouth breather.

You may resolve your drooling by simply changing your mattress, pillow, or sleeping position, Or, a CPAP machine, night guard, Botox injections, or a different medication may help. Since drooling is rarely a symptom of a life-threatening condition and can often be treated through conservative measures, surgery is rarely necessary.

Contact Wells Family Dental Group

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment for yourself or a family member, don’t hesitate to contact our office today. Give us a call at 919-266-5332. We look forward to hearing from you!

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