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My question is what causes dry mouth while sleeping?

My question is what causes dry mouth while sleeping?

Mouth breather: Usually waking with a dry mouth is caused from breathing through the mouth or sleeping with your mouth open. However, some medications can cause dry mouth, if you don't think you are a mouth breather. Is there a medication you take at night before bed? If so, talk with your pharmacist about whether dry mouth is a side affect. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes dry mouth while sleeping?

Can anyone tell me what causes dry mouth while sleeping?

Mouth breathing: Breathing with your mouth open can contribute to the dry mouth. If you have chronic dry mouth or take medications that cause you to have dry mouth see your doctor for evaluation and tests. ...Read more

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What causes dry mouth? I'm 56yrs f/m, it happens really bad when I'm sleeping even with my mouth closed

What causes dry mouth? I'm 56yrs f/m, it happens really bad when I'm sleeping even with my mouth closed

Xerostomia: Some causes are; medications such as cold remedies containing antihistamines, diabetes, dehydration, stress/anxiety, anemia, salivary gland diseases, & tobacco use. Some home remedies are water, sucking on sugar-free candy, chewing sugar-free gum, use Fluoride toothpaste & mouth wash. ...Read more

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Can dry mouth cause tooth enamel thinning? I am a mouth breather while I am sleeping, that is the only time I have dry mouth at night.

Can dry mouth cause tooth enamel thinning? I am a mouth breather while I am sleeping, that is the only time I have dry mouth at night.

Partly cause it: Dry mouth will put you at risk for tooth decay because you do not have the salvia to remove the bacterium and their toxins easliy. There is more friction between your teeth so the enamel can wear quicker. Control your diet, reduce acids. Medication can cause dry mouth. Biogtene products can help. Sugarless gums. See dentist about mi paste. Find the cause of your dry mouth if you can. ...Read more

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Can eating too much (cheesecake) just before you go to sleep cause dry (very dry) mouth in the middle of the night and morning. Nu suliva at all?

Can eating too much (cheesecake) just before you go to sleep cause dry (very dry) mouth in the middle of the night and morning. Nu suliva at all?

Not typically but,: Possibly you have an allergy or possibly you may have some lactose-intolerance issues. Do you have similar problems with other milk or cheese products? Problem with too much cheesecake is high calories, high fat content and cholesterol. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection. What sleeping techniques are there so that I don't get extreme dry mouth in the morning?

I have a sinus infection. What sleeping techniques are there so that I don't get extreme dry mouth in the morning?

Biotene Gel: The main way to prevent acute dry mouth is try to breathe with your mouth closed. During a sinus infection that can be difficult. Nasal sprays like afrin do well short term to help clear nasal passages to breathe.

The other thing you can do is go to the drug store and pick up biotene gel. It is a product designed specifically for people with dry mouth to help keep tissues moist longer. ...Read more

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What could cause dry mouth and sob sensation at rest (while sitting, sleeping, or standing) no wheezing no cough no mucos. Sob stayed all night.?

Anxiety and sob: Anxiety symptoms are not a sign of illness, they are the mind's ability to produce the "flight or fight" response which gives rise to many physiological changes include sob (shortness of breath), insomnia, dry mouth, aphasia, tremor and sweating. Depending on the cause of your anxiety symptoms, your health care provider can recommend appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Have been dealing with extreme dry mouth at night only, and periodic sore throats for past 3 weeks. Condition is causing minimal sleep as it wakes him up at least 6-8 times per night to drink water. Using Biotene spray & Prescript Toothpaste?

Have been dealing with extreme dry mouth at night only, and periodic sore throats for past 3 weeks. Condition is causing minimal sleep as it wakes him up at least 6-8 times per night to drink water. Using Biotene spray & Prescript Toothpaste?

Humidifier: People who live in climates with low humidity (esp in the winter) can greatly benefit from using a humidifier during the night. Prevent dryness by using OTC nasal saline to rinse and open nasal passages to avoid mouth breathing at night. Avoid OTC cold remedies as the medications worsen oral dryness. Maintain good hydration during daytime. ...Read more

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Dry mouth in AM (I sleep with my mouth open), throat clicks when I swallow until I drink water. What part of throat causes this & why hydration helps?

Dry mouth in AM (I sleep with my mouth open), throat clicks when I swallow until I drink water. What part of throat causes this & why hydration helps?

Mouth breathing: Chronic mouth breathing can not only affect your quality of life, but also your life causing major health problems. Nose breathing is very important. Clicks could come from Thyroid, larynx or TMJ. See ENT for evaluation laryngoscopy and cause for the mouth breathing. ...Read more

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If you wear a nose tube with oxygen when asleep, could this cause dry or sore throat? Can it cause dry mouth?

Yes, yes on both: Usually there is a water moisturizer along with the oxygen in the machine that you can turn on. If there isn't, ask for one that does. You do not want dry mouth because this condition can cause rampant tooth decay. Some medications will cause dry mouth. If this happens, ask your physician or dentist to prescribe biotene mouth rinse and saliva replacement. You must meticulously clean your teeth. ...Read more

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Why do I get a dry mouth while sleeping? I drink water when I awake in middle of night when these symptoms are present

Meds: Do you take medications before you go to bed, the most common cause of dry mouth are meds, or auto immune disese,
need to be evaluated by both and md and dds. ...Read more

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I'm a mouth-breather (when I sleep) and I wake up with a dry mouth. How can I stop this?

I'm a mouth-breather (when I sleep) and I wake up with a dry mouth. How can I stop this?

See an ENT: That's a good question. Many individuals breath through their mouths rather than through their nose as a result of allergies, nasal congestion, or from some anatomic blockage of the nasal cavities. The first thing that I would do is see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist for a consultation. ...Read more

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Why is it I cant sleep for more than 2-3 hrs at a stretch and I wake up with dry mouth. Thanks.

Why is it I cant sleep for more than 2-3 hrs at a stretch and I wake up with dry mouth. Thanks.

? OSA: (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) can be the cause, you may need sleep medicine evaluation, but start with your primary doctor, also try to reduce weight if you are overweight or obese, best wishes ...Read more

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My brother have problem of dry mouth and bitterness during sleep at night, because that he got broken his sleep at night?

My brother have problem of dry mouth and bitterness during sleep at night, because that he got broken his sleep at night?

Dry mouth can be: The result of many causes - due to medical condition, medications etc. Best to be evaluated by a physician. In the meanwhile there are over the counter products like biotene than can offer some relief. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have dry mouth, I'm 56 female, it's really bad at night mostly. During the day I drink constantly, I rarely sleep with my mouth open, still happens?

Dry mouth: The number one reason for dry mouth is the medications we see our patients are on, assuming you are taking medications. If you are not on any medications have your dentist do oral exam and check your salivary gland for possible blockage of the duct due to stones. Or you have to check with your md to see if you have auto immune disease like lupus or sojgren disease, biotine products can help, . ...Read more

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I am suffering from dry mouth and sleep apnea since 40 days. Anybody can help me?

I am suffering from dry mouth and sleep apnea since 40 days. Anybody can help me?

Go to sleep clinic: It seems like your dry mouth ; sleep apnea may be interconnected. If you're having trouble breathing when you are sleeping, chances are you are mouth breathing which is causing the dry mouth. If you get the condition evaluated maybe a CPAP machine will allow you to breath better and stop mouth breathing. ...Read more

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Very dry mouth last two days keeping me awake, I sleep with mouth open always have, had sleep test before all went well I clench my jaw that's it.

Very dry mouth last two days keeping me awake, I sleep with mouth open always have, had sleep test before all went well I clench my jaw that's it.

That's enough: If you sleep with your mouth open, if the room is low humidity. You are a set up for dry mouth. Make sure you are hydrated and that you have a good humidifier. If all else fails see a good ENT ...Read more

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Boyfriend stated I gasp for air and choke in sleep. Does not wake me up. Very lightly snore. Wake up with dry mouth. Wake up 1-2x a night no reason.

Boyfriend stated I gasp for air and choke in sleep. Does not wake me up. Very lightly snore. Wake up with dry mouth. Wake up 1-2x a night no reason.

Need evaluation: You should be evaluated for possible gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or sleep apnea. Besides being potentially serious conditions, this could be interfering with the quality of your restful sleep. ...Read more

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Do we secrete saliva while sleeping? I noticed I'm not. I'm having dry mouth during nights. If I wake up I'm getting back the secretion. Is that normal

Do we secrete saliva while sleeping? I noticed I'm not. I'm having dry mouth during nights. If I wake up I'm getting back the secretion. Is that normal

Yes: The biological significance of decreased saliva during sleep is unknown and it is unclear how the oral cavity compensates for this period of relative dryness. The amount of saliva produced is greatest during the waking hours of the day and diminishes dramatically during sleep and may represent another process in the human body that displays a circadian rhythmicity. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning with a headache and a dry mouth but I have AC on and I drink water before I go to sleep?

I wake up every morning with a headache and a dry mouth but I have AC on and I drink water before I go to sleep?

Dry mouth\headache: This might be related to the medications you take or you might be sleeping with an open mouth from allergies or nasal congestion. You will have to discuss this with your own physician rather than have us make educated guesses over the internet. ...Read more

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Unknown why really bad dry mouth and dry tongue. Withdrawing from abilify, (aripiprazole) taking trazodone for sleep. Took dif. Antipsychotics which messed up bodyb4

Dry mouth: The medications that you are on can cause a dry mouth. Dry mouth can cause severe tooth decay. See your dentist for help with this. Generally avoid high sugar and acid foods and drinks. Try biotene products to help your mouth feel better. Avoid mouthwashes with alcohol in them. Use a humidifier at night. Dentist can prescribe prevident or mi paste. ...Read more

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I don't sleep all night I wake up sweating and dry mouth I am type 2 should I have my Lantus before I go to bed I am tired in mornings?

I don't sleep all night I wake up sweating and dry mouth I am type 2 should I have my Lantus before I go to bed I am tired in mornings?

Night sweats: Your tiredness is because of lack of sleep
Check your sugar levels when you get sweating at night. you could be getting low sugars and the insulin dos may need rectification. This not common with lotus though. You will need to see your GP for examination to rule out other causes of night sweats and in particular they have to make sure you don't have any swollen lymph glans. Also a battery of tests ...Read more

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I drink water before sleeping. Yet every morning I wake up with very dry mouth. I don't sleep with my mouth open. Not diabetic. What cud be the reason?

I drink water before sleeping. Yet every morning I wake up with very dry mouth. I don't sleep with my mouth open. Not diabetic. What cud be the reason?

Dry mouth: You may be sleeping with your mouth open even if you don't know it and for at least part of the time. Some medications cause dry mouth. When was you last dental and medical check-up? Dry mouth promotes cavities. Make sure you brush and floss properly for two minutes before you go to sleep. ...Read more

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I have headaches when I wake up in the morning and snore when I sleep. I have mood swings and very tired in the day time. I also have dry mouth and he?

I have headaches when I wake up in the morning and snore when I sleep. I have mood swings and very tired in the day time. I also have dry mouth and he?

Symptoms: I would say get a referral to a reputable sleep lab for a sleep study. Snoring can impair sleep as well as apnea and other kinds of sleep disturbances. Also: how much stress are you under day to day? If the answer is a great deal, then consider getting a referral to a competent psychotherapist to discuss whatever is going on with you emotionally. ...Read more

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Dry Mouth Syndrome (Xerostomia) (Definition)

Can be caused by loss of fluids from diarrhea or vomiting that leads to dehydration, or occasionally as a side effect of a medication. ...Read more