Discussing your symptoms and medical history with your dentist is the best way to determine if your dry mouth is serious. They can review the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications, and examine your mouth for signs of serious issues.
Your dentist will perform a visual exam to look for signs of dry mouth.
In some cases, you may need additional testing to determine the cause of your dry mouth and the best treatment option. These tests may include:
- Blood tests
- Imaging scans of your salivary glands
- Measurements of how much saliva you produce
- A biopsy
If your doctor suspects sleep apnea or snoring as the cause of your dry mouth, they may recommend a sleep study as well.