Treatment for Excessive Drooling
No matter the hypersialorrhea cause, the good news is that there's probably a treatment. It might take a village of health care professionals looking out for you (dentists, occupational therapists, neurologists, and primary care physicians, among them), but help is available.
Sometimes the solution is as simple as treating the underlying cause – like the infection and another health-related condition. This might involve antibiotics or surgery, such as a tonsillectomy. Or substituting equally effective medications might solve excessive drooling.
But if you or a loved one deals with a muscular, genetic, or neurological disorder, you might ask your doctor or dentist about the following types of treatments.
Injections: One effective treatment is botulinum toxin type A (aka Botox) injections into your salivary glands. Expect to get three-four injections per year.
Medications: Allergy medicines and anticholinergic drugs can manage hypersalivation. The Parkinson's Foundation also lists a scopolamine patch and atropine drops as ways to reduce saliva production. But please ask your doctor or pharmacist about side effects before taking these medications.
Surgery: Proven effective for children and adults has been removing, relocating, and closing off certain glands and ducts related to the salivary glands. Some of these procedures might be even more successful with other treatment types.
Speech, Behavioral, or Occupation Therapy: Learning to strengthen, control, or move your tongue can go a long way to managing your saliva output. Therapy can also deal with swallowing difficulties.
Dental Devices: Certain devices that can stabilize the jaw and help with the position of your tongue and lips might work – as long as the device doesn't affect your ability to swallow.
Research for hypersialorrhea treatments is ongoing. Because the condition can affect your physical and emotional state, as well as your socialization, we want you to be fully informed. It's important that you recognize any symptom, get a diagnosis for its underlying cause, and get the treatment you need. Let's make sure you have the freedom to do what you want without worry.