Charleston Aesthetics is a division of Charleston Oral and Facial Surgery.


XEROSTOMIA / SJOGREN’S SYNDROME

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks parts of your own body by mistake. In Sjogren’s syndrome, it attacks the glands that make tears and saliva, causing dry mouth and dry eyes. You may have dryness in other places that need moisture, such as your nose, throat, and skin. A variety of approaches exist to treat this condition.

 

Symptoms

Autoimmune condition diagnosis
Severe dry mouth
Severe dry eyes
Lack of saliva production
Fatigue, body aching, joint pain
General symptoms that are systemic with other autoimmune diseases

Evaluation

Salivary Flow
Gum Base
Antibody Blood test
Minor salivary gland biopsy
Examination of eyes for tear production

Therapy

Medications
Dry mouth products
Refer to Rheumatology (This condition is usually in tandem with other autoimmune diseases)

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