What Does My Son Have So Much Drool on His Pillow in the Morning?
Here at Wells Family Dental Group, we had a patient wonder why her son has so much drool on his pillow every morning. She asked our dental team whether this is a serious problem and she should be concerned.
We assured her that drooling at night is a very common issue and rarely the sign of anything serious. In most cases, it can be resolved very easily. Here’s what we recommend if you noticed that you, your child, spouse, or anyone else you love drool at night.
Change Sleep Position
Sleeping on the side is one of the most common causes of drooling at night. When someone is sleeping in this position, their mouth may open and allow saliva to dribble out. By simply sleeping on the back, the saliva can be naturally swallowed and won’t make its way on a pillow.
Try a Home Remedy
Believe it or not, sucking on a lemon wedge or another citrus food may stop nighttime drooling. This is because doing so may thin out the saliva and reduce its chances of pooling up and spilling out of the mouth. Drinking more water during the day may help as well.
Opt for an Oral Appliance
A custom-made oral appliance may do wonders for someone’s nighttime drooling. It will only need to be worn while sleeping and can help stop drooling as well as snoring by slightly changing the position of the mouth.
If the drooling is the result of sleep apnea, CPAP therapy may be necessary. This involves wearing a special mask that is connected to an air pump which keeps the airway open at night by forcing oxygen into it.
Schedule an Appointment at Wells Family Dental Group
If you would like more information about why you or someone you love may drool at night and how to prevent this, we encourage you to to call our office at 919-266-5332 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any dental related questions you may have.