As salivary flow decreases, plaque accumulation occurs and dental caries become more likely. In addition, xerostomia patients are also more prone to mucositis, infections, and lesions in the oral cavity. As our patients get older and take more medications, xerostomia will continue to increase.
Unfortunately, managing the symptoms of xerostomia has been quite challenging, as over-the-counter and prescription-based solutions come with challenges. Water-based over-the-counter solutions are easy to obtain; however, the effectiveness is reportedly limited, and there is no clear protocol in place for usage.
3M™ Xerostomia Relief Spray is a lipid-based OGT (Oxidized Glycerol Triesters) spray that in a 2011 systematic review showed greater effectiveness when compared to a water-based electrolyte spray. The OGT technology creates a protective lipid film that lubricates the cavity, restores elasticity of the mucosa, and reduces moisture loss. Since lipids are difficult to solubilize in the mouth, the duration of effectiveness is more pronounced compared to conventional xerostomia relief products.
At this time, 3M™ Xerostomia Relief Spray is available through prescription via the TPS mail order pharmacy. The dentist can simply download the prescription from 3M.com/RxFormXerostomia or request a printed Rx pad. Once the form is filled out and sent to the TPS mail order pharmacy, they handle all insurance issues and dispensing of the spray, with a maximum cost of $35 per 28-day supply, even if the medication is not covered by insurance.
The recommended dosage is 2 sprays, 3-4 times per day for most patients, which allows for a convenient, realistic implementation into one’s life. While there is still not a magic solution that simply cures xerostomia, the 3M™ Xerostomia Relief Spray offers hope for the millions of people suffering from xerostomia on a daily basis.
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