Waking up with a dry mouth can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose waking up with a dry mouth, we could:
Research the topic
Find a doctor with the time
Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "waking up with a dry mouth" as a symptom. For example, sleep apnea.
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
tossing and turning at night
waking up with choking sensation
regular postprandial somnolence
waking up with a headache
somewhat disturbed sleep
weak sexual desire
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of waking up with a dry mouth.
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.